Last night in Nizhny Novgorod, the opening of the second festival of new cinema “Gorky fest” was held. A loud event for the whole city, because ordinary audiences have the opportunity not only to watch new films by the best Russian directors, but also to see with their own eyes the stars of modern cinema and even shake hands with Nikita Sergeevich Mikhalkov.
Among the guests one could see not only Nikita Mikhalkov with his son Artyom, but also Ksenia Rappoport, the honorary president of the festival Mikhail Porechenkov, the general producer of Bitter fest Oksana Mikheyev, Vladimir Khotinenko, Inga Oboldin, Igor Zhizhikin, Elena Valyushkin, Anna Churin, Natalia Lesnikikovskaya , Vladimir Mishukov and other stars of theater and cinema.
The Nizhny Novgorod State Academic Drama Theater named after Maxim Gorky was chosen as the venue for the solemn ceremony. It was this place that gave the name to the festival.
The opening ceremony was conducted by young actors Cyril Kovbas and Varvara Shmykova. On this evening two important prizes were awarded on stage: “For Contribution to Russian Cinematography” to director Vladimir Khotinenko and his colleague Nikita Mikhalkov – “For Contribution to World Cinema.”
I wish that the members of the jury of the festival, after the reviews of modern cinema have finished, did not say that this is a very bitter fest!
– Nikita Sergeyevich joked, receiving a prize.
The general producer of “Bitter fest” Oksana Mikheeva also made a welcoming speech at the opening. She told how the festival was created, and stressed its important role for all residents of Nizhny Novgorod.
To make a festival in my native city is my old dream and therefore a special responsibility. “Gorky fest” is a professional festival, we are very careful to select films for the program, and for us it remains fundamentally important that not only the professionals of the film industry, but also ordinary viewers, Nizhny Novgorod, be able to get acquainted with new Russian films that do not always reach up to wide hire,
She said from the stage.
The festival will last until July 26, among the contestants there are both full-length and short-length films. This year the program will feature “Tossings” by Ivan Tverdovsky (actress Anna Slu, who played the mother of the main character, won the Kinotavr prize for the best female role), a drama about the little Jewish girl “The War of Anna” Alexei Fedorchenko, international festivals, and many other films.