New Russian Cinema Film Festival

  • August 26, 2012 - 2:00pm

Elena and Vladimir are an older couple, they come from different backgrounds. Vladimir is a wealthy and cold man, Elena comes from a modest milieu and is a docile wife. They have met late in life and each one has children from previous marriages. Elena's son is unemployed, unable to support his own family and he is constantly asking Elena for money. Vladimir's daughter is a careless young woman who has a distant relationship with her father. A heart attack puts Vladimir in hospital, where he realizes that his remaining time is limited. A brief but somehow tender reunion with his daughter leads him to make an important decision: she will be the only heiress of his wealth. Back home he announces it to Elena. Her hopes to financially help her son suddenly vanish. The shy and submissive housewife then comes up with a plan to give her son and grandchildren a real chance in life. This third film from celebrated auteur Andrey Zyanginstev was selected as the closing night feature of the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival where it was awarded a Special Jury Prize.

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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