THE GENTLE AGE
Producer: SERGEY SOLOVYOV
RUSSIA / 2000 / 115 MIN. / COLOR / DOLBY SRD
A story of young guys living in an elite district of Moscow. Their self-dependent life started beginning of the 90-s at the crucial period of the Russian history. Ivan Gromov, grandson of a famous pilot, general Gromov, gets involved in the first military conflict in Chechnya. Being knocked down during landing operation, he is taken to hospital to examine his post-trauma condition. There he is forced to tell all events of his former life to a psychoanalyst. ÌÌ Grand Prix of the Russian festival “Kinotavr” (2001) ÌÌ Nika Award for Best Supporting Actor (Sergey Garmash)
RUSSIA / 2017 / 105 MIN. / B&W
Producer: RUSTAM KHAMDAMOV
RUSSIA / 2017 / 105 MIN. / B&W
Based on Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s “In a Grove”, story takes place during the times of Tsar Alexander II. A lady-in-waiting tells the Emperor in his bedroom a metaphysical story about a 13th century prince who is killed in the woods under mysterious circumstances. Fairy tale characters who have witnessed the terrible death, all share their version of the events, gradually shedding light on what really happened. ÌÌ Special Jury Prize “Silver George” at the Moscow IFF
Producer: ALEXEY GERMAN JR.
RUSSIA — POLAND — SERBIA / 2018 / 126 MIN. / 5.1
Dovlatov charts six days in the life of the brilliant, ironic writer Sergei Dovlatov who saw far beyond the rigid limits of 70-s Soviet Russia. Together with his friend and poet Joseph, he fought preserve his own talent and integrity while seeing their artist friends getting crushed by the iron-willed state machinery, which they would later escape by emigrating to New York, losing all they had back home.
DEUX DAMES SÉRIEUSES
Producer: PIERRE LÉON
FRANCE / 1988 / 97 MIN. / COLOR
Christina Goering and Frieda Copperfield suddenly decide to abandon their suffocating universe. They embark on a trip around the world in search of an impossible sanctity. Two parallel fates for a tragic comedy over a background of painted canvas. In 1988, Pierre Léon completed in two months his debut feature Two Serious Ladies adapted from Jane Bowles’ sole novel of the same name (Tennessee Williams’ favorite, no less): an impossible task, it would seem, given the dense modernist source, total lack of experience, and no budget to speak of. Léon already knew that cinema was capable of mapping and tracing the most incredible journeys with minimum expenditures. An entire world was contained in one room. The cast comprised Léon’s friends and family, as well as a group of filmmakers and colleagues from Libération where he worked back then as a classical music critic. Shot on a Video8 camera — still a novelty at the time — Two Serious Ladies was neither a dream nor a game of filmmaking; rather, it was made with all the solemnity of a “real” film. “Spirit of Fire” will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the debut feature by Pierre Léon, who kindly agreed to serve for the international jury.
20:17 Dedicated to the Centenary of the Russian revolution
Producer: ARSENY ZANIN, MIKHAIL ARKHIPOV, DENIS SHABAEV
RUSSIA / 2017 / 78 MIN. / COLOR / 5.1
The centenary of the October Revolution in Russia is a date that cannot be passed by. It is filled with special energy, no matter how the attitude of society to this very historical event has changed with the course of time. Cinema always spokes on this topic. Movies about the revolution and its results were made not only “for show”. In this project, the October Revolution, its milestones, symbols and consequences are shown through the eyes of today’s young people, newcomers in cinema art. Authors did not get formal and thematic tasks, thus a genre palette of the almanac is the personal choice of each of film directors. The debut animated film of Yuri Norshtein “25th, the First Day” is used to connect the novelties with each other. The film uses images of famous artists of the 20-s of the past century — Vladimir Tatlin, Pavel Filonov, Aristarkh Lentulov, Natan Altman, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin.