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‘World War Z’ to Open Moscow Fest

Russian event unveils 10 competish pix

Marc Forster’s Brad Pitt starrer “World War Z” is to open the 35th Moscow film festival, which runs June 20-29.

Leonid Vereshchagin, producer general of the fest, also unveiled on Saturday in the Russian Film Pavilion in Cannes the first 10 films in competition. He was joined at the Cannes event by Kirill Razlogov, the fest’s program director, and Andrey Plakhov, the chief selector. The fest received more than 1,500 entries, Vereshchagin said.

Fest has introduced a retrospective strand for docus, the theme of which will be the Olympic Games, retros of films by Bernardo Bertolucci and Costa Gavras, as well as a program devoted to Dutch cinema.

Film mart Moscow Business Square will return for a fifth edition with 20 projects from Russian and international producers seeking co-production partners, and Generation Campus will run a program that offers young filmmakers training in different aspects of filmmaking, Vereshchagin said.

The MIFF Media Forum, a parallel program to the festival, will show work by contemporary Russian and international artists working with video, media art, documentary and still images, under the banner of “Expanded Cinema IV: Reality Is Not Enough.”

The first members of the jury to be announced are writer and director Mohsen Makhmalbaf (“Kandahar”) and Ursula Meier (“L’enfant d’en haut”).

The films selected for competition are:

“Matterhorn,” Diederik Ebbinge, Netherlands
“Drogowka” (Traffic Department), Wojciech Smarzowski, Poland
“Rol” (The Role), Konstantin Lopushansky, Russia
“Spaghetti Story,” Ciro de Caro, Italy
“The Ravine of Goodbye,” Tatsushi Omori, Japan
“Los Chicos del puerto,” Alberto Morais, Spain
“Rosie,” Marcel Gisler, Switzerland
“Zerre” (Particle), Erdem Tepegoz , Turkey
“Disorder,” Archil Kavtaradze, Georgia
“Skolzheniye” (Slide), Anton Rozenberg, Russia

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