"Bitter fest": Bottom became the birthplace of the new film festival

On July 19, Nizhny Novgorod, walking along Bolshaya Pokrovskaya, observed an unusual picture: a red carpet stretched to the “October” cinema, along which Russian movie stars stalked among a few spectators.

The reason for the visit to Nikita Mikhalkov, Konstantin Khabensky, Mikhail Porechenkov, Katerina Shpitsa, Agnia Kuznetsova and other movie stars in Nizhny Nizhny Novgorod was the opening of the first film festival of the actual film “Bitter Fest”.

Nizhny Novgorod are waiting for the stars on the red carpet

The competition program is assembled from paintings of various forms: from short films and film almanacs to experimental video and bold documentary. The special out-of-competition program called “From Gorky to Gorky” will be composed by the creative achievements of cinematographers who were born or educated in Nizhny Novgorod and successfully realized themselves in the film industry.

Opening the festival, its president, actor Mikhail Porechenkov expressed the hope that the “Bitter Fest” would become a good annual tradition.

Photo: festival organizing committee
Photo: festival organizing committee
Photo: festival organizing committee
Photo: festival organizing committee
Photo: festival organizing committee
Photo: festival organizing committee

Nikita Mikhalkov, who arrived at the opening ceremony in his car (not far from the village of Tumbotino, Pavlovsky district, at the dacha master, where he spends a lot of time at any time of the year), said: “Regarding the name Gorky Fest, of beer. And I say to him: “No, no, this is a festival, for sure!” And the fact that it combines full-length and short films in itself is very important. Short film today is at a very high level, but few people see it. It has the right to compete with full-length paintings. "

Regarding the prospects of kinonovichka Nikita Sergeevich, he advised not to make plans for the future, but try to do everything possible so that the first pancake was not a lump: “Let's quietly hold the first festival. Let's see what the press writes. Let's see how many viewers will come.If there is a movie and there is a spectator - there is a festival. And the fact that he is going to the beautiful city of Nizhny Novgorod, which I love very much, where I worked a lot and I live nearby - this is a very important sign that the festival and cinema is going to Russia. There should be a lot of film festivals in the country! Most importantly, these festivals are justified by good cinema. ”

Photo: Denis Makarenko
Photo: Denis Makarenko
Photo: Denis Makarenko
Photo: Denis Makarenko
Photo: Denis Makarenko

Konstantin Khabensky arrived at the opening ceremony, who himself not so long ago held here the first festival of creative development studios. The actor commented on what was happening: “I, unlike Nikita Sergeevich, have no pleasure in living near Nizhny Novgorod. But I studied the city quite well, because I spent six months here in a film expedition (Konstantin was shot as an extraordinary investigator Meglin in the series “Method”). This is a city in which, fortunately, after some break, they started making films again. This is a city where people continue to love movies, go to the cinema, watch movies. This is the city that finally got its first film festival! I really hope that the “Bitter fest” will be different in taste, but will also appeal to the bottom,and the top of this wonderful city. "

The producer of the festival, director Oksana Mikheeva (by the way, Nizhegorodka, a graduate of VGIK, now living in Moscow), speaking of the young age of her brainchild, said: life no one else has done. But we really really want short films to reach a wide audience. ”

The festival will run until July 22 inclusive, which means that all of Nizhny Novgorod and guests of the city have the opportunity to attend film screenings and see the experimental work of young directors with their own eyes. Festival program -here.


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