Magazine article Screen International

Mohsen Makhmalbaf to Preside over Russia's on the Edge Jury

Magazine article Screen International

Mohsen Makhmalbaf to Preside over Russia's on the Edge Jury

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Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf is to serve as president of the International Competition jury for the 5th On The Edge (Kray Sveta) International Film Festival (Aug 21-28) on the Russian island of Sakhalin in the North Pacific Ocean.

The jury will comprise: Filipino director Lav Diaz, who won Locarno's Golden Leopard last year for From What Is Before; leading Russian actor Danila Kozlovsky, who made a recent foray into Hollywood with Vampire Academy; and actress Anna Chipovskaya whose recent credits include Shpion and Yolki 3.

Makhmalbaf's last feature, The President, will be shown during the festival as a Russian premiere, and there will also be screenings of his documentary Daddy's School. Diaz's five-hour epic, From What Is Before, is also set to screen at the festival.

The Competition section is set to include such titles as Kim Ki-Duk's latest feature Stop; Armenian filmmaker Aram Shakhbadzian's Moskvich, Mon Amour; Deniz Gamze Ergüven's LUX Prize nominee Mustang; Ella Manzheeva's feature debut The Gulls; and Geethu Mohandas' Hindi road drama Liar's Dice.

The festival will open with Peter Chan's child abduction drama Dearest - also in Competition - and close with Andrey Zaytsev's award-winning 14+, which screened in Berlin's Generation sidebar in February.

On The Edge programme director Alexey Medvedev told ScreenDaily that many of the best films from this year's Cannes will have their Russian premieres at the festival in Sakhalin since the Moscow Film Festival hardly showed any Cannes titles ön the pretext of economising means and Russia becoming independent of the West not only economically, but spiritually as well". …

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