Residents of Moscow will view the best films of the Film Festival "Spirit of Fire"
22.02.2017, 10:59
TASS press center hosted a press conference of the organizers of the International Festival of Film Debuts "Spirit of Fire", which this year will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk for the 15th time. Official opening will take place on the 4th of March. According to tradition, the most interesting films of young filmmakers from Russia and around the world will be presented at the "Spirit of Fire". According to the Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Ugra Natalia Komarova, more than 25 thousand people on seven cinema platforms will have an opportunity to view about 100 films from 25 countries, and the Film Forum will be attended by 160 filmmakers, including 40 foreign ones.

For the fifteen years the "Spirit of Fire" has become well-known and favorite cinema platform. Every year we come up with something new, try to constantly improve, development of the festival is important for us, so that more viewers could see the works of talented young filmmakers from around the world, -Natalia Komarova said at a press conference, - As always, we have the most affordable ticket prices that start from 25 rubles. You can buy a ticket, which allows you to view any picture at any site just for 200 rubles. "

One of the features of this Festival will be its accessibility for physically challenged citizens. Volunteers - residents of Ugra will assist them. Films "Viking" and "Prityazheniye", the first domestic films with two additional audio tracks, fully technically adapted for people with disabilities, will be shown for the hearing impaired and visually impaired people. This year, "Spirit of Fire" for the first time in its history will get to Moscow. From 8 to 10 March the best festival films can be viewed in the capital, in the center of the documentary film on Zubovsky Boulevard. Meetings with the directors - Film Festival participants will be also held there.

"It will be a mini-festival within a festival, echo of the Khanty-Mansiysk "Spirit of Fire" in Moscow, the chairman of the selection committee, the famous film critic Boris Nelepo said. - I think that this will be a memorable event for the Moscow cinema-goers. "

"Spirit of Fire" will be a platform for filmmakers from the BRICS countries for the second year in a row. This year, program is the joint promotion of films from these countries continues in the form of presentation of the "Chinese Cinema Week" and cultural programs of the association "Sud'ba" (Fate) within the framework of the Festival. Xinyi Zhang, chenesa actress and film director, known for the films “An Inaccurate Memoir” , “The Uncle Victory”, “Miss Puff” will be a vember of the international jury. Yantyun Shi, a master of Shaolin kung fu in 34 generation, the sixth dan rank of Combat Wushu, as well Tang Tyanven, China and world famous calligraphy artist will become honorary guests of the Festival. Film directors and actors from Russia, Brazil, India, China and South Africa will hold a round table "Trends of young cinema" dedicated to the cultural cooperation between the Member States of the BRICS.

President of the Festival Sergei Soloviev noted the high artistic level of the competition program of the 15th "Spirit of Fire". "15 years is not 150, to be too proud. But one must admit that the "Spirit of Fire" is known and highly appreciated by professionals around the world, and many of our guys who were debutants here, now have leading positions in world cinema ", Sergey Soloviev said. He also told reporters that the guest of "Spirit

of Fire" in Khanty-Mansiysk, director Alexander Sokurov will be awarded the prize for outstanding contributions to pedagogy, and a special film program by students of his creative workshop will be held during the Festival. In addition, the Festival will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the birth of another prominent Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky.

Vice-president of the festival Maria Zvereva told about the current trends in cinema. According to her, among the authors and directors of the Festival works there are more and more women, now they are making up almost 50% of all participants. This year, international competition program of the Festival included 8 films. The Russian competition program includes 12 films.

Film director Pavel Chukhray headed the International competition jury. Other members are Xinyi Zhang (China), winner of the "Golden Bear" of Berlinale Zelimir Zilnik (Serbia), as well as the winner of the "Golden Leopard" in Locarno Milagros Mumentaler (Argentina). Russian competition jury includes Yuri Bykov, Mikhail Brashinsky and Andrei Kravchuk, the director of the famous film "Viking". Winner of the "Spirit of Fire" will be awarded a prize of 600 thousand rubles, and the main prize of the Festival "Golden Taiga".

The general partner of the International Film Festival "Spirit of Fire" is the company "Gazprom Neft" within the framework of the social investment program "Mother Cities". "Gazprom Neft" is a Festival partner since 2007, and in 2013 the company established a special prize "For the preservation of cultural traditions." Festival will take place 3-9 March.