URAL OPEN FESTIVAL OF RUSSIAN CINEMA. First details
In September Ekaterinburg is holding the Ural Open Festival of Russian Cinema for the second time.
More than 50,000 viewers, having attended the festival last year, showed a demand for such a large-scale event in the Urals. Filmmakers, actors, producers, movie critics were amazed with sell out screenings. The organizers wanted to show that Russian cinema exists, it is necessary to get it across to the audience, give a chance to see the best of the national cinema.
«It is a wonderful opportunity to show the level of the national cinema, what films are made. It is shown not only for those who have popcorn in the cinema hall, but also for people who are more mature and deep, who understand that the cinema shouldn’t only make us laugh, but also talk about serious and important things,» Inna Churikova said. She is People’s artist of Russia and she was a guest in Uralkinofest in 2016.
On 26 July, there was a press-conference in the Russian News Agency TASS where the culture minister of Sverdlovsk region Svetlana Uchaikina and director of the festival and chairman of the Union of Cinematographers in Sverdlovsk region Vladimir Makeranets talked about new programs and formats of the Ural Film Festival.
«The last festival caused a stir. We had 93 movie pictures. This year we have 119. There were 140 applications for the festival, 68 films have been selected for the screening. 38 pictures are in Retrospectives. Chairman of the jury this year is a Russian director, scriptwriter Andrey Aleksandrovich Proshkin.» Vladimir Makeranets, director of the festival said.
The speakers elaborated on the number of venues. The films are supposed to be shown in 20 cinemas of Ekaterinburg and the region. Moreover, the festival committee puts all efforts to increase its visibility. Of course, it is welcoming guests from Chelyabinsk as there were quite a few of them last year.
In answer to the journalists’ questions about large premieres, director of the film festival said with significance: «Wait!». 12 films which are to be in the competition will be announced in the middle of August. Check out the program on uralkinofest.ru
The opening and the closing films are kept secret. The committee will announce it later.