The Festival introduces Russian audiences to the latest works of British directors, both acknowledged maestros as well as talented debutants working in genres ranging from fiction to documentary and from full features to short films.
In Moscow the Festival opens at Formula Kino Gorizont cinema hall with “I, Daniel Blake”, Ken Loach’s latest film which won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Festival. The film will be presented by its scriptwriter Paul Laverty, who has been working with Ken Loach for the past 20 years, who wrote scripts for the classics “The Wind That Shakes the Barley”, “Looking for Eric” and “Route Irish”.
The programme includes a David Blare movie, “Away”, with the brilliant duo of Timothy Spall and Juno Temple, an adaptation of Kurban Said’s novel “Ali and Nino” by Asif Kapadia, the director of “Amy”, a historical thriller “Anthropoid”, starring Cillian Murphy, and a Tarantino-ish comedy, “War on Everyone”, by John Michael McDonagh.
We are honoured to welcome Brian Cox (“Troy”, “The Escapist”, “Coriolanus”, “War and Peace”) to present the film “The Carer” where he plays the role of a theatrical legend guiding a young provincial actress.
Another guest will be director Rachel Tunnard, whose first feature film, “Adult Life Skills”, is a full-length version of her BAFTA-nominated short “Emotional Fusebox”.
2016 is the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature, and a special place in the programme is devoted to literary adaptations. As well as “Ali and Nino”, we will screen the romantic comedy “This Beautiful Fantastic” by Simon Aboud and a screen version of the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre’s “Hamlet”, starring Maxine Peake.
A traditional element in the Festival will be an educational programme with the Moscow Film School, in which our guests will share their experience and insights into screenwriting, acting and directing.
The Festival concludes with “New British Film: the retrospective” which will be screened at ZIL Cultural Centre. The programme includes documentaries and shorts from previous years including “Project Nim” by Academy Award winner James Marsh, Philip Cox’s “The Bengali Detective” and BAFTA Best Short Film nominees.