Emir Kusturica noted that he has long-standing warm relations with Russia and the Spirit of Fire:
"It is fate. It's a pleasure to lead this festival for young talented people. I am glad I can help those who want to create a good film."
The XXI Spirit of Fire Film Festival will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk from March 3-6, 2023.
It is planned to hold Cinema Artists: from Sketch to Film photo exhibition within the framework of the festival. There will be feature works by artists who worked with Sergey Bondarchuk, Vladimir Naumov, Eldar Ryazanov, and Andrei Tarkovsky.
It is also expected to show the play "Casting" of the DOS theatre and several musical projects.
The Route to Cinema educational platform and creative laboratory, where students of children's film schools will learn the basics of the profession, will continue its work.