HOLLYWOOD — Friday night’s opening festivities for L.A.’s inaugural Russian Intl. Film Fest gave a new meaning to the term “red carpet.”
The U.S. preem for “House of Fools” drew a diverse crowd of rockers, cineastes and politicos to the ArcLight, then segued into a packed party at the Knitting Factory nearby. Event kicked off a week of Soviet-era and Russian films, animation and docus dating to the silent era, from noted directors such as Sergei Eisenstein and Andrei Tarkovsky.
Par Classics co-prexy David Dinerstein called the pic, about an insane asylum caught in the Chechen uprising, “the quintessential war movie.”
Among those attending were U.S. Rep. Howard Berman, a descendant of Russian immigrants who urged stronger anti-piracy efforts in that country during his opening remarks.
Others in attendance included Par Classics co-prexy Ruth Vitale, Seven Arts’ Peter Hoffman, “Fools” helmer Andrei Konchalovsky, star Julia Vysotsky, festival organizer Stas Namin, Russian rockers Boris Grebenshikov and Formula One and producer Sam Baum.