Supporting local cinema is an important part of any international festival. For us, that means independent cinema and films that break with traditional formats. This year’s Made in Russia programme brings together a number of outstanding works that strengthen our country’s image as a space for daring experiments. It includes works by young directors and, in a first for the festival, a small retrospective. We will be showing the films of an avant-garde duo from Novosibirsk, whose career represents almost 30 years of collaborative work, but who have only begun to receive the recognition they deserve from festivals and other institutions in recent years. The first Russian retrospective of Anya Tsyrlina and Sid Iandovka will introduce viewers to their unique improvisational collage approach to the moving image and offer a glimpse into the world of the Siberian artistic underground.
The other participants in the programme are only at the beginning of their journeys, but they have already garnered attention in Russia and abroad. Ekaterina Selenkina’s experimental debut Detours was selected for the Venice International Film Critics’ Week, while Vadim Kostrov’s Summer was included in the main competition at Sheffield Doc/Fest, where it received a special mention from the jury. Genrikh Ignatov (The Farewell) and Dina Karaman (Letters About the End of the World) have already shown their works outside of Russia, and Darya Likhaya received a prize at MIEFF for her first film, 27a. The range of practices on display here is very broad, and you can expect to hear more from all our participants in future.