Calling out all cinema lovers: Russian Film Week is coming to London this month
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Russian Film Week is coming to London for the third time on the 25nd of November. It includes a whole week of screenings, talks, exhibitions and workshops, as well as unmissable opportunities to meet directors and casts. This annual film festival started in 2016 and it grew from a small volunteer, non-profit basis to what is now the biggest Russian film event held outside of Russia, supported by the Russian Ministry of Culture and the British Council. The films will be shown in different venues, including Regent Street cinema, Curzon Mayfair and BFI Southbank. While London will be the main host city, events and screenings will be held in other UK cities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh. Its aim is to celebrate the Russian film culture and bring it to international audiences, shortening the gap between the eastern and western world. Philip Perkon, Founder and General Producer of this festival, mentioned the importance of uniting people through culture, at times of political tension. “We need to reach across the divide and collaborate effectively on the world’s stage. This very idea – that by bringing people together we can increase global harmony and nurture peace – is the foundation on which Russian film week was built.” This year, there is a lengthy list of films and genres to choose from: from comedy, to drama, to history, it is a true immersion in the Russian culture and filmography. After the screenings, there are also Q&A sessions with directors and the cast. The festival ends with the Golden Unicorn Awards, in which awards will be given in 9 different categories, including the Best Foreign Film About Russia. The panel is composed of international juries and lead by the British and Hollywood actor Brian Cox. Russian Film Week will be held from the 25th of November to the 2nd of December, with events every day, in varied venues. You can check this year’s calendar and get your tickets here.