Review: ‘Moscow Gay Pride Festival’

Russian docu "Moscow Gay Pride Festival" reps reportage of the shockingly hostile reaction of various homophobic groups to Moscow's first Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender (LBGT) Pride March, which turned into a violent riot in May 2006. U

Russian docu “Moscow Gay Pride Festival” reps reportage of the shockingly hostile reaction of various homophobic groups to Moscow’s first Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender (LBGT) Pride March, which turned into a violent riot in May 2006. Unfortunately, info-film helmer Vladimir Ivanov, making his feature debut here, swamps the compelling coverage of the conflict itself with interminable footage of the conference among LBGT human-rights activists that preceded the march. Nevertheless, the subject may be enough to set pic marching toward further gay-themed fests.

Docu is topped and tailed by footage, some of it from local news programs, of the march itself on May 27. On that day, outspoken homophobes — encouraged by Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who banned the march — attacked the tiny handful of pro-gay-rights protestors, some of whom were arrested, as were some attackers. But the bulk of the material covers seminars, events and a press conference at Moscow’s Swissotel in which LBGT activists and politicians from around the world meet local supporters to discuss policy, material which will mostly be of interest to those fascinated by LBGT groups’ internal politics. Tech package is low-grade, even shoddy.

Moscow Gay Pride Festival

Russia

Production

An LBGT Human Rights Project GayRussia.Ru production. (International sales: LBGT Human Rights Project GayRussia.Ru, Moscow.) Produced by Nikolai Alekseev. Directed, written by Vladimir Ivanov.

Crew

Camera (color, DigiBeta), Ivanov; editor, Olga Chursina; music, Desireless, Claudie Fritsch. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama), Feb. 14, 2007. Original title: Moskva. Pride '06. Russian, English, French dialogue. Running time: 83 MIN.

With

Nikolai Alekseev, Volker Beck, Igor Artemov, Philippe Lasnier, Peter Tatchell, Sophie int'Veld, Scott Long, Clementine Autain, Bill Schiller, Merlin Holland, Yuri Luzhkov.

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