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Articles and reviews written by members of FIPRESCI jury of the Moscow International Film Festival - 2016


1. Presentation article: «Moscow does not Believe Tears» written by Jean-Max Mejean:

Our descent on Moscow yielded surprises. We flew over immense forests, then pretty houses with perfect roofs, which when seen from above resemble Lego. The beauty of Moscow is held in check, not unlike its people, I guess. Our approach was made all the more difficult by the fact that the entire city seems to be under construction and its traffic is heavily congested. The magnificent Standart hotel, where the Moscow International Film Festival accommodated us, is large, modern and beautiful. I discovered the first night that it is not a far walk from the hotel to the Kremlin and Red Square. The Standart  would make an excellent base if you go one day to Moscow...


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2. Tradition versus Modernity in Iranian Society written by Mo Abdi:


Daughter (Dokhtar) by Reza Mirkarimi- winner of the Best film prize in the competition of 38th Moscow International Film Festival- talks about the most crucial issue in the history of Iran’s society in a century (especially during the last 37 years, after Islamic Revolution): Tradition versus Modernity.


The simple story of the film tells us about a young daughter who wants to travel to see her friends in the capital of Iran, but her traditional father does not want to let her go. The film opens in Abadan, a city in south of Iran, which is well-known for oil. This father, Mr Azizi, works as a manager of the technical section of a huge refinery. From this point onwards the film makes it clear it is talking about authority: the father as a symbol of power, which is connected to a regime, who has oil (money/power) and desperately wants to control people, especially women...


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3. Three Knock-Out Films written by Anna Gereb:


I start with the best, the one which received our award: the film from South Korea’s Kim Jongkwan, titled the Worst Woman (Choe-Ag-Ui Yeo-Ja). It is a modern city tale. The basic idea is very good: a young beautiful actress determined to find success attends three rendezvous with three different guys in order to form three different characters, using all her talent in the project. The spectator can decide which the worst character is. This three-character play works well for some time, although our actress mixes up the different roles more and more. In the end we arrive at an outstandingly directed classic comedy situation when all the three guys appear at the same time...


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4. Children of Tomorrow written by Gulbara Tolomushova:


...The Filipino director Ralston Jover planned to shoot a documentary and present stories of children who were expelled to the streets by their own parents. In order to survive, these children were stealing and committing other crimes. Jover was told a stunning story of a Muslim boy, Rashid, who, despite all the circumstances, had organized the funeral of his Christian friend, Moy, who was runover by a car. “I was shocked by these human stories, full of so much humanism. I decided to shoot a feature film,” Jover said at a press conference during the 38th Moscow International Film Festival, on June 28, 2016...


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5. Music Before Anything Else written by Jean-Max Mejean:


The cinema needs music. It seems that the reverse is not true. Indeed, great composers for film such as Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, Alexandre Desplat, John Williams and, of course, Bernard Hermann are proof of this, because often the films they composed music for, whether by Visconti , Fellini, Hitchcock or others, have not always found success. It’s something people might think of when attending screenings of films in competition at film festivals, and at the 38th Moscow International Film Festival in particular...


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6. Sergey Solovev’s Imagination written by Evgeny Mayzel:


The opening film of the 38th Moscow International Film Festival was Sneakers (Ke-dy), by director Sergey Solovev, one of the brilliant representatives of Russian auteur cinema...


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Info about a movie which received FIPRESCI prize here


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