To become a contestant at the Cannes Film Festival is a great success for any director, even if he has no chance of winning prizes. It is not surprising that modern filmmakers are very enthusiastic about this event. Russian films were also included in the 2012 competition program, having received a lot of positive reviews and forecasts from critics.
The film by Sergei Loznitsa "In the Fog" became the brightest premiere of Russian cinema at the competition and was among the top 20 works, becoming the winner of the national journalist award "Fipressi". The film is based on Bykov's story about the Belarusian occupation, although there is no special emphasis on military operations. Rather, the picture tells about the need for moral choice and the ability to defend one's position.
In the debutants' program, secondary but so important for young directors, Russia was able to win. VGIKA graduate Taisiya Igumintseva presented her thesis "Road to …", which won the jury with its wit and sincerity. It is worth noting that Russia has not participated in the Cinéfondasiens competition program for several years, and this victory was her first.
The Russian pavilion in the Cannes village presented the program “New Russian Cinema in Focus”. 10 films were shown for the premiere, the first of which was the work of Boris Khlebnikov "Long and Happy Life". The film is based on Russian reality, open from the outside, which will be of interest to viewers from other countries. Also, the director presented to the public an interesting project "Until the night does not part", based on conversations overheard in a famous restaurant.
The second film presented - directed by Avdotya Smirnova "Kokoko" - according to critics, is unlikely to find its audience in Russia, but has great chances of good distribution abroad.
The film "Eight" is in development, so it was not shown, but presented by its eminent producers. The plot revolves around 4 friends from the riot police, who were captured by one love story. The director of the film, Kira Saksaganskaya, also presented the film by Pavel Ruminov "I will be near", which in its meaning will be interesting to both foreign and domestic viewers.
Among the debutants in the Russian pavilion were films: "Son" by Gosha Kutsenko, "Something is happening to me" by Viktor Shamiriv, "Judas" by Andrey Bogatyrev, "Dance of Delhi" by Ivan Vyrypaev "and" I Don't Love You "by Pavel Kostomarov.