New Russian Cinema Film Festival

  • August 25, 2012 - 2:00pm
  • August 25, 2012 - 5:00pm

2:00 pm - CHAPITEAU-SHOW (Part I)

5:00 pm - CHAPITEAU-SHOW (Part II)

** Director Sergey Loban will be in attendance.**

"Mixing cabaret-style musical numbers, a labyrinthine structure, and a healthy dose of playful surrealism, Chapiteau-Show tells four interconnected short stories about relationships, all emerging from within a mysterious circus tent on the coast of the Black Sea. In the first story, Love, a young woman comes face to face with a solemn friend whom she met online. In Friendship, a young deaf man finds that it’s difficult to connect with his new friends. Respect follows a famous actor attempting to reconnect with his estranged son. And an ambitious theatrical producer tries to stage an outlandish production in the final tale, Cooperation. Characters from the foreground of one story end up in the background of another, and between chapters they gather in a colorful cabaret to expose their true feelings with pop songs performed in the style of Elvis, Michael Jackson, and Freddie Mercury. 'All the characters in this film are beautiful losers,' says director Sergey Loban, who's crafted a fiercely inventive and light-hearted epic that gleefully breaks all the rules. Winner of the Moscow International Film Festival 2011 (Special Jury Prize) and a huge hit in its native Russia, Chapiteau-Show is a postmodern delight that defines Marshall McLuhan’s famous aphorism the medium is the message." -- Seattle International Film Festival

The Lone Star Film Society and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth have partnered with the Russian Ministry of Culture, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the Mayor's Office of the City of Fort Worth to present a cultural exchange of some of the newest and most exciting films and filmmakers from the U.S. and Russia. Three U.S. films and filmmakers traveled in June to the Moscow International Film Festival and in August and September, three Russian filmmakers will present their work to U.S. audiences in Fort Worth, New York and San Francisco. Arranged under the auspices of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, the Fort Worth Promotion and Development Fund supported this partnership with a special grant.

The filmmakers presented in this series represent bold new voices in both American and Russian independent cinema. Their films would otherwise not reach audiences in these far away cities and the Lone Star Film Society along with the partner organizations participating in the program are thrilled to be a part of such an important exchange.

Two films will screen in New York at the Anthology Film Archives from August 21-23 and four films in Fort Worth at the Modern Art Museum from August 24-26. These screenings represent the second half of this exchange that began with four U.S. films screening at the 34th Moscow International Film Festival in June. The Moscow screenings were a highlight of the U.S. Embassy’s yearlong cultural festival, "American Seasons in Russia." "This is an incredible opportunity for two cultures to share the visions of their respective young artists. We are so grateful to the U.S. Embassy, City of Fort Worth and the Ministry of Culture for making this possible," said Mitchell Johnson, President of the LSFS Board of Directors.

Tickets are $8.50, $6.50 for Modern Members and Lone Star Film Society members. Festival passes are $25. Individual tickets go on sale at the Modern two hours prior to show time. Beginning July 18, advance purchase of Festival Passes or purchase of individual tickets for Reel People and LSFS members available by calling 817.738. 9215.

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