The year 2021 is marked by space anniversaries – 60 years ago, on April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin took off into space on the ship Vostok 1 from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It was the first human flight into space and lasted exactly 108 minutes. This year, we also celebrate a round edition of our Festival, which is why we are planning a unique repertoire and interesting thematic accompanying events.
During the festival, we will present works by masters of Russian cinema, as well as productions of the young generation of directors, as well as films for children. Despite their undeniable value, Russian films rarely have the opportunity to appear on Polish screens. The film program consists of several thematic sections. During one edition of our film project, we show about 150 films. Since the fifth edition of Sputnik, we have been organizing the Feature Films Competition, in which the best films are selected by the jury, and since the 10th edition we have also organized the Documentary Films Competition. Since the beginning of the Festival, our viewers have been choosing the best festival film in their opinion. After the Warsaw edition, we present Russian films in about 20 cities in Poland, incl. in Kraków, Poznań and Gdańsk.
The heart of our Festival are the films, as well as the visiting guests. In recent years, we have had the pleasure of hosting Karen Shakhnazarov, Andrei Konczalowski, Nikita Michałkow, Ivan I. Twierdowski, Witalij Manski, Alexei Uczitiel and many others. Each edition of the Festival is accompanied by numerous cultural events, such as theatrical performances, concerts, book premieres, and photo exhibitions. We enrich our offer with thematic workshops.
In addition to the Feature Film Competition and Documentary Film Competition, as well as the Kaleidoscope of Russian Cinema, we will propose several sections related to current events. On the occasion of the anniversary of the first human flight in space, one of the film sections will be devoted to films set in outer space. This year we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s birth, so the program will also include the screening of his works. For several years, we have been creating the “4K – Strange Cinema for Competent Cinematographers” section, in which we present films for true connoisseurs of plastic stage design and reprehensible makeup. We will invite to the event, just like in recent years, a true master of voice – Tomasz Knapik, whose audience will have the opportunity to listen to him live. These are just some of the events of this year’s edition of the Festival. These are just some of the sections that we are preparing for you this year.
All information can be found at www.sputnikfestiwal.pl and on Facebook (Sputnik Russian Film Festival).