The 5th cinema festival of the EU member states opens in Moscow on March 28, the European Commission's Russian office told journalists.
This year's festival is titled Europe's Young Cinema. It will present 21 films by young film directors from all European Union member states. These are full-length films, cartoons and short subjects. Among the short subjects are "Wojciech's Last Symphony" by Danish director Nikolai Arsel, "Now" by Belgian Inesse Rabadane, "Mom" by Juri Kehonen's (Finland) and others.
Although the festival will feature "the young cinema", the featured works received both national and international acclaim. For instance, "Paline and Paulette" (2000) by Belgian Lieven Debrauwer was nominated for Oscar.
As Greece is EU chairman this year, the festival will be opened by Christos Dimas' "Garden Acrobats" (2001). The festival will be concluded on April 8 by another Greek film - "Too Late Tomorrow" by Layia Giourgou.
Director of the Cinema Museum Naum Kleiman regretted that European cinema did not appear on Russian screens as often as would be desirable. The festival he said would promote European cinema in Russia.
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