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Russian film festival showcases classics

LIGHTS ON: Former Madras High Court judge T.N. Vallinayagam and former director of Doordarshan Kendra A.Natarajan inaugurate a Russian Film Festival in Chennai on Tuesday. —

LIGHTS ON: Former Madras High Court judge T.N. Vallinayagam and former director of Doordarshan Kendra A.Natarajan inaugurate a Russian Film Festival in Chennai on Tuesday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: R. Shivaji Rao

Staff Reporter

Organised to commemorate Victory Day celebrated in Russia

CHENNAI: From a period film set in 1936 that talks about a revolutionary protagonist and his personal struggle to a survival story of a life convict, seven films of Russian filmmakers will be screened as a part of Russian Film Festival, which got under way in the city on Tuesday.

Classics including ‘The Fate of Human,’ ‘Torpedo,’ ‘In the battle are some old’ and a documentary ‘Our Victory’ will be screened during the four-day festival, being organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Indo-Russian Film Club and Madras Film Society.

Speaking at its inauguration, former Director of Doordarshan Kendra A.Natarajan said Russian films had always received global acclamation for their vivid portrayal of the country’s culture, political history and human emotions.

Film festivals were a tool to understand the world cinema and broaden the horizons of film lovers. They encouraged the audience to appreciate films and understand the culture of various countries through their creations.

Presiding over the event, former judge of Madras High Court T.N.Vallinayagam said movies were a major source of entertainment in many countries and educated people through informative subjects.

Director of Russian Centre of Science and Culture Stanislav Simakov said the film festival was organised to commemorate Victory Day celebrated in Russia and expressed optimism that more such festivals would be organised to familiarise the Russian culture to the Indian audience.

Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of the Russian Federation, Sergei Soloviev; actor Sanghavi; Bharathanatyam dancer Iswarya; Indo-Russian Film Club president M. Roosevelt; and Madras Film Society general secretary S.Mahadevan spoke.

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