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Russian Films Featured at London Film Festival

12. October 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

Four full-length Russian films will be featured at the 55th International London Film Festival this week, as will two co-production films, The Voice of Russia reports. This is the most films Russia has shown at the prestigious festival. 

Faust (right), an intellectual film about “the spiritual shortcomings of men of power” is competing in the category of Best Film. The final chapter in director Aleksandr Sokurov’s tetralogy won top honors at the Venice Film Festival last month and is expected to do well in London.

"The film was made at a high artistic level; it is distinctive and does not look like anything else,” Russian film critic Anton Dolin said of Faust. “This is a global international project that has nothing to do with esoteric Russian cinema focusing on domestic realities alone and therefore incomprehensible to foreigners.”

Marina Goldovskaya’s A Bitter Taste of Freedom, a tribute to Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, will also screen at the London Film Festival, as will Target, a dystopian film set in Russia in the year 2020. Festival goers may also view Twilight Portrait, the disturbing tale of a female social worker who becomes involved with her rapist.

Running October 12 - 27, the 55th International London Film Festival will feature 204 works from 55 countries. Visit the official 55th British Film Institute London Film Festival site for screening schedules and additional information.