Russian Pavilion is Presented at the International Film Festival in India

The program “Focus on Russia” was presented as part of the 50th International Film Festival in India IFFI-50. “The Hero” action directed by Karen Oganesyan was shown at the opening. Russian pavilion was opened at the festival, where guests could get information about Russian film industry, opportunities for co-production and filming in the country.

“Focus on Russia” program included, in addition to the film “The Hero”, the films “Abigail” (dir. A. Boguslavsky, 2019), “Once Upon a Time in Trubchevsk” (dir. L. Sadilova, 2019), “Andrey Tarkovsky. Cinema as a Prayer” (dir. А. А. Tarkovsky, 2019), “Dylda” (dir. K. Balagov, 2019), “Big Poetry” (dir. A. Lungin, 2019), and other.

On the first day, a press conference was held at which Russian delegates talked about the work of Russian Pavilion and Russia’s overall participation in the 50th International Film Festival in India.

Speaking at a press conference, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of India Nikolai Kudashev expressed the hope that the guests of the Festival would appreciate the program to be presented by Russia.

“Indian films have long been broadcast on Russian television,” he said. “However, closer cooperation between the two countries in the field of cinematography will make it possible to unite Russia and India culturally, and the work of Russian Pavilion at the Festival should contribute to it.”

Regarding Russian-Indian relations in cinematography, Maria Lemesheva, producer of the forum, Adviser to the Office of the Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation, Member of the Council of Russian Union of Rightholders, editor-in-chief of ‘KinoReporter’ magazine, said that the Government of the Russian Federation decided to offer assistance to foreign colleagues – filmmakers who wish to make films in Russia. According to that, around 40% of the cost of the filming process will be returned to filmmakers. In addition, Maria Lemesheva noted the importance of meetings of film industry representatives in Russian Pavilion in India, which could result in ideas for creating co-production.

The international film festival, which is considered one of the largest cultural events in Asia, was held in Panaji (Goa, Republic of India) on November 21-28.