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International Film Festival. Classic and Avat-garde 2014
30 October 2014
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Vinko Bresan΄s The Priest΄s Children won the Golden Samartian Lion for Best Picture at the 7th International Film Festival East & West. Classic and Avant-garde in Orenburg, Russia. 

Conceived as an opportunity to creatively interpret the problems of contemporary multicultural cinema, identify trends in the interaction and interpenetration of cultures and develop the idea of respect to national origins, the festival is facilitated in the central-Asian city of Orenburg, center of a wider area with more than 119 nationalities and 278 religious organizations operating under 20 different religious confessions.

East & West. Classic and Avant-garde  IFF΄s International Competition gives each year the Golden Samartian Lion for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress, while similar prizes were awarded to the Russian Competition winners. Beside its two main sections, the festival also awarded its Special Prizes, the Prize for contribution to cinema, the Best Screenplay award, the Golden Bowl for humanism and the Best Russian Film award.

International Competition  Jury

The program included the International Competition section, screening 11 features, while the jury of this section for 2014 was comprised of film scholar, Director of Divan Film Festival, and altcineAction!΄s close partner, Marian Tutui from Romania, Iranian producer Alireza Sharoki, Kyrgyz director, screenwriter, producer, actor and composer Ernest Abdyjapar and Russian actress Elena Valyushkina. 

For 2014, the Russian Competition section of the festival presented 10 recent Russian productions. The jury responsible for picking the best out of them was comprised of Czech film critic Vera Langerová, Russian director Vladimir Kott and Bozidar Manov from Bulgaria. This year, the festival held the retrospective War – Forgotten Masterpieces, screening classic Soviet era war films, while the What should modern war cinema be: True or Glossy? round table by directors and writers attracted the audience and Orenburg΄s film schools students.

Beside the winning Priest΄s Children, other Balkan co-productions screened at the International Competition where Bobo Jelcic΄s A Stranger (Croatia/Bosnia Herzegovina, 2013), Feed Me With Your Words by Martin Turk (Slovenia, 2012) and Must Have Been Love by Erik Svensson (Norway/Turkey/Finland, 2013).

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