The 15th Jubilee Cheboksary International Film Festival, dedicated to ethnic and regional cinema will take place in the capital of Chuvash Republic from June 2 to 7 and will traditionally gather leading representatives of Russian and foreign film industry in Cheboksary. Despite the complicated geopolitical situation in the world and withdrawal of many foreign film companies from Russian film distribution, the international geography of the Cheboksary Film Forum is rapidly widening. The rich geography of the festival proves once again that cinema on a global scale is an international and universal phenomenon that contributes to the unification of countries and peoples. The opening of the festival will take place on June 2th at 6 o'clock in the evening in the Chuvash State Philharmonic Hall. This evening the stage will host honored artists of Russia Olga Kabo and Nina Shatskaya with the musical and poetic performance "The fifth season... Love" (directed by Yulia Zhzhenova, costume designer - Victoria Sevrukova). Then the audience will be traditionally presented with two competitive programs - feature films and ethnic and regional cinema.
The following films will take part in the feature film competition:
"The Stars Will Show Me the Way", Russia, 2022, feature film directed by Filipp Abryutin;
"Once Upon a Time In the Cinema" / "Last Film Show", India, France, 2021, feature film directed by Pan Nalin;
"Rapana", Russia, 2021, feature film directed by Vitaly Suslin;
"The Road to Eden" / "Akrkokoch", Kyrgyzstan, 2020, feature film directed by Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar uulu;
"Yt", Russia, 2021, feature film directed by Stepan Burnashev, Dmitry Davidov;
"Invisible World" / "La naissance des arbres", Belgium, 2020, feature film directed by Laura Vandel Laura Vandel;
"Conscience", Russia, 2021, feature film directed by Alexey Kozlov;
"Shots in Marseille" / "Pucnji u Marseju", Serbia, 2021, feature film directed by Gordan Matich;
"Syndrome", Russia, 2021, feature film directed by Vyacheslav Rudenko
"Debtor", Kazakhstan, 2022, feature film directed by Rasul Sharafeddinov;
"Trap", Russia, 2021, feature film directed by Galina Urazova.
The program will be judged by Ayaz Salayev (Azerbaijan), a director, screenwriter, film expert, TV presenter, actor, Honored Art Worker of Azerbaijan; Alexey Bardukov (Russia), an actor of theater, cinema and dubbing, star of the TV series "Saboteur"; Ekaterina Bordacheva (Russia), a producer, General Director of the International Forum "Russian Film Business"; and Ivan Bolotnikov (Russia), a documentary and feature film director and screenwriter.
In the competition of ethnic and regional cinema the following films are declared:
"Alaman", Kyrgyzstan, 2022, documentary directed by Ilgiz-Sherniyaz Tursunbek uulu, Soronbek Turgunmatov;
"How to fix a bicycle" / "Oҕo Saas", Russia, Yakutia, 2021, feature film directed by Nikandr Fedorov;
"Once We All Will Be Happy", Russia, 2020, documentary directed by Ekaterina Saunina;
"The Last" / "Sonuncu", Azerbaijan, 2021, documentary directed by Fariz Akhmedov;
"Onayen", Russia, Mari El Republic, 2021, documentary directed by Andrey Ogorodnikov;
"History of Orenburg", Russia, Orenburg region, 2021, documentary directed by Denis Platonikhin;
"Abkhazian negroes", Russia, Republic of Ossetia, 2021, documentary directed by Maksim Samarin;
"Mahom", Russia, Republic of Tatarstan, 2021, feature film directed by Leila Salakhatdinova;
"Memory", Russia, Voronezh region, 2021 feature film directed by Maksim Mischenko;
"My Black Heart", Armenia, 2021, feature film directed by Garush Ghazaryan;
"Diuluur: Mas Wrestling", Russia, Yakutia, 2021, feature film directed by Valentin Makarov. Valentin Makarov;
"Solaan", Russia, Tuva Republic, 2022, feature film directed by Vitaly Petrov;
"You Are Here", Russia, 2020, feature film directed by Orkhan Abulov;
"Sugar crush", Iran, 2022, documentary directed by Aida Tebianian;
"A Burst of Song", Italy, 2020, documentary directed by Leah Beltrami;
"Air", Russia, Sevastopol, 2021, feature film directed by Dmitry Honin;
"Partner", Russia, Chuvash Republic, 2021, feature film directed by Marat Nikitin;
"Two Have Seen a Goat", Russia, Bashkortostan, 2021, feature film directed by Andrey Noskov;
"Twilight/Dusk", India, 2021, feature film directed by Ujjal Paul.
The program will be judged by Hong Sang Woo (South Korea), film critic, professor of Russian literature and language at Gyeongsang National University, the Korean Film Committee advisor ; Olga Agrafenina (Russia), producer, deputy director of Lenfilm Studio, honored worker of culture of Russia; Galina Evtushenko (Russia), documentary film director, honored art worker of Russia; and Vladimir Tarasov (Russia), director of the Moscow House of Nationalities.
On June 6 at 7.00 in the evening, a recital of the famous composer, People's Artist of Russia Eduard Artemyev will take place on the Philharmonic stage. The program includes excerpts from the music to the films of Andrei Tarkovsky, Nikita Mikhalkov, Andrei Konchalovsky and other filmmakers, loved by more than one generation of the public and representing the golden fund of national cinematography. More than four dozen films will take part in the program of the festival, the entrance to all film screenings is free, the invitation tickets are available at the box offices before the show.
The festival also includes creative meetings and roundtables, special and retrospective screenings. Little spectators will have the opportunity to watch the restored fairytale "Ilya Muromets" directed by Alexander Ptushko, as well as unique programs prepared by "Soyuzmultfilm" film studio and "Snega Film Company". Fans of the classics will be presented with "Solaris" directed by Andrei Tarkovsky within the special show for the director's 90th anniversary.
The film festival will cover 17 venues, including cinemas, theaters, universities, national clubs and cultural centers. The Volzhskiy cinema will be the main site for showing competitive programs.
The award ceremony will take place on June 7.