Moscow bear hug to visiting celebs

MOSCOW — The 26th Moscow Film Festival opened June 18 with greater star presence than usual.

Quentin Tarantino, there to present “Kill Bill Vol. 2,” was accompanied by thesp David Carradine, producer Lawrence Bender and Miramax’s Harvey Weinstein.

Local critics compared Tarantino’s visit to the celebrated 1963 festival, which saw Federico Fellini win an unexpected top prize for his “8½.”

Musical accompaniment for the event came from the appropriately named local ensemble, the Uma Thurman band.

Meanwhile, the fest’s other main Hollywood guest, Meryl Streep, was set to receive the Stanislavsky “I Believe” award at the June 27 closing ceremony.

Rupert Everett was also in town for Marek Kanievska‘s “A Different Loyalty.”

– Tom Birchenough

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