You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

2morrow2 festival kicks off

Event celebrates 'new wave' cinema

MOSCOW — Despite the bleak economy, Russian auds will get a welcome dose of indie cinema with the 2nd 2morrow2 fest that runs for four days beginning Friday in Moscow.

Fest, dedicated to what programmer Alexei Medvedev calls “new wave” cinema, grew out of an acquaintance between local director Ivan Dykhovichny, a self-confessed motor fan, and Till Brauner, topper of carmaker Audi Russia, which sponsored the fest.

“I think last year was a miracle, and despite the economic situation we’re repeating it now,” Dykhovichny said. “We thought there was no audience for such kinds of film — the problematic, and the auteur style — but we found that what affects the human emotions attracted packed houses. Perhaps the time of economic uncertainty makes people even more willing to learn about themselves through such works.”

Fest is modest, showing in a Moscow two-screen venue.

Still its competition includes 11 pics, 11 are out of competition and six gala screenings, with the selection divided roughly between North America, Europe and Asia.

Competition pics include Bill Plympton’s “Idiots and Angels,” Guy Maddin’s “My Winnipeg” and Ramin Bahrani’s “Chop Shop.”

The Midnight Music section includes Madonna’s “Filth & Wisdom” alongside a retrospective to early Lithuanian master animator Ladislas Starewitch. A final section, On a Shoe String, comprises micro-budget films.

Jury is headed by U.S. director Abel Ferrara (whose “Chelsea on the Rocks” screens), supported by Holland’s Anton Corbijn, Czech actress Anna Geislerova, Russian novelist Vladimir Sorokin and Russian director Boris Khlebnikov (“Roads to Koktebel”).

The program has a literary bias, with adaptations of Russian classics featuring prominently.

Opening pic is Czech helmer Petr Zelenka’s “The Karamazovs” based on the Fyodor Dostoevsky novel, coupled with a French adaptation of Dostoevsky’s “The Idiot” by Pierre Leon. An Armenian version of Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” completes the local literary bill.

Fest is organized by Interfest, which ran the annual Moscow Intl. Film Festival until two years ago. Programmer Medvedev was also once involved with MIFF.

Local critics’ reaction to 2morrow2 is positive, with some comparing it favorably to MIFF.

That may sound overblown, but 2Morrow2 has the fresh energy of a start-up and a defined direction, against 36-year-old MIFF’s venerable but somewhat weary profile.

Audi is again sponsoring the event. Last year’s top prize of $100,000 went to Irish director John Carney for “Once.” This year the prize is down to $50,000 — but that’s still an impressive pool.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • David Goodman

    WGA West's David Goodman on Agency Strategy: 'We'll Start Meeting as Soon as Possible'

    David Goodman, who was resoundingly re-elected president of the Writers Guild of America West on Monday, said the guild plans to meet with several talent agencies soon in an effort to ease the impasse over packaging fees and affiliated production. “Many agencies had indicated that they wanted to wait to see the results of the [...]

  • Australian Outback

    Legend Media Seeks Trio of West Australia-China Co-Productions (EXCLUSIVE)

    Perth, Australia-based production company Legend Media is preparing a slate of three feature films to be produced with partners in China. The company styles itself as one that recognizes the opportunities for Asian engagement that have fallen to Australia, through geography, trade and culture. The company aims to make use of the bilateral film co-production [...]

  • David Goodman

    David Goodman Re-Elected President of Writers Guild of America West

    David Goodman has been convincingly re-elected to a two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America West, beating Phyllis Nagy in a bitter contest that became a referendum on the guild’s ongoing battle with talent agents. Goodman received 4,395 votes to Nagy’s 1,282 in an election that yielded record turnout among the WGA [...]

  • Issa Rae Portrait

    Issa Rae Developing Re-Imagining of Crime Thriller 'Set It Off'

    “Insecure” star and co-creator Issa Rae is in early development on a re-imagining of New Line’s crime thriller “Set If Off,” which starred Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica Fox and Kimberly Elise. Rae will produce with plans to star in the project. Syreeta Singleton and Nina Gloster have been hired to pen the script. [...]

  • Thomas Golubic GMS Conference

    Guild of Music Supervisors President: 'The Economics of the Job Don't Work Anymore'

    The Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS) hosted its 5th annual “State of Music in Media” conference on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Los Angeles Film School. Featuring a wide array of panel discussions on all manner of issues related to music in film, television and advertising, the confab drew top composers, music supervisors, licensing and [...]

  • Gay Chorus Deep South

    Film News Roundup: Documentary 'Gay Chorus Deep South' Bought for Awards Season Release

    In today’s film news roundup, the documentaries “Gay Chorus Deep South” and “Tread” find homes, Tobin Bell’s latest horror film completes production and Emilio Insolera joins “355.” ACQUISITIONS MTV Documentary Films has acquired “Gay Chorus Deep South” for release during the fall for awards season consideration. Directed by David Charles Rodrigues, the film world premiered [...]

  • Bad Education

    What 'Bad Education' Taught Us About the Slow Toronto Film Festival Market

    “Bad Education,” a dramedy starring Hugh Jackman as the embezzling superintendent of district of schools in Long Island, N.Y., was set to be this year’s “I, Tonya.” The movie has the same biting tone, shifting between comedy and tragedy. It received strong reviews out of the Toronto Film Festival. And like “I, Tonya,” it even [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content