Moscow fest picks jury

Russian scripter Chernykh to chair

MOSCOW — The Moscow Film Festival has unveiled partial competition and international jury lineups for its 27th edition (June 17-26).

Russian scripter Valentin Chernykh (“Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears”) will chair the jury. His “Our Own,” directed by Dmitry Meskhiyev, took three top prizes at last year’s festival.

Also onboard are French helmer Claire Denis and Italian composer Nicola Piovani, with the expected participation of Austrian helmer Ulrich Seidl (“Dog Days”). Remaining jury members, like the final selection, are to be announced today.

Competition titles so far include Franco-Syrian “Hassan’s Smile,” Thomas Vinterberg’s “Dear Wendy” and Macedonia’s “Bal-Can-Can.”

The sole Russian entry — in contrast to strong local representation in recent years — is Alexei Uchitel’s “Space as a Premonition.” Pic was slated to show at Sochi’s Kinotavr national festival, but was withdrawn since the Moscow fest refuses to allow overlap.

Uzbek director Yusup Razykov (“Orator”), another vet Moscow fest entrant, will bow “The Shepherd.”

Sidebar sections include the Perspectives competition for debut and experimental films, with Slovakian director Juraj Jakubisko heading the jury.

Other sidebars include Films Around the World and National Hits, focusing on successful pics in their native territories.

International spotlights include Asian Extremes, drawing from East and Southeast Asia, as well as a panorama of contemporary Danish titles.

Fest will be introducing an Industry Office in an effort to stimulate business. Past attempts at markets have been largely symbolic, and recent editions have concentrated on celebrity interest over doing deals.

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