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Moscow’s revived fest sets sked

CANNES — Promising to remedy the organizational problems that threw the last Moscow Film Festival (1995) into chaos, fest chief Sergei Soloviev is in Cannes promoting an “all-new” July 19-29 event.

“We are refounding the festival on a new basis,” Soloviev told Daily Variety, “and addressing the problem.”

Music buffs will be particularly attracted to this year’s program, which, besides skedding a 12-feature competitive section, is largely dedicated to music and cinema.

Opening night, to take place in the newly refurbished Russian Film Theater, the city’s biggest and most modern, will feature a performance of symphonic music written by Shostakovich for the movies, with the composer’s son Maxim conducting the orchestra and his grandson Dmitri at the piano. The festival will also salute the 400th anniversary of opera, and major retros are planned of Soviet and American movie musicals.

On the film front, complete retros of the work of Czech director Milos Forman and native Russian Andrei Konchalovsky are planned, as well as a salute to Andrei Tarkovsky on the 10th anniversary of his death and a conference on the films and drawings of Sergei Eisenstein. Director Anthony Minghella has been tapped for jury duty.

At the Filmmakers’ Union, where Soloviev is president, films from the CIS and the Baltic states will be screened. Major Russian films are not on the horizon, however, as neither Alexei Gherman’s “Get My Car, Krustaliov” nor Nikita Mikhalkov’s “The Barber of Siberia” will be ready.

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