On the 10th of February the preview of the French film "Anton Chekhov 1890" completed the mini-festival called "Modern adaptation of Anton Chekhov". The audience could see films based on the great writer’s works as well as participate in the workshops with actors and film creators.
"Modern adaptation of Anton Chekhov" is the first project is a part of the Year of the Russian cinema that the President of Russia declared 2016 to be. The program was approved by the Government of the Rostov region, a large number of events that will be of interest to residents of the region, and members of the professional film community is scheduled for 2016. Among them : themed film festivals, exhibitions and activities related to the development of film distribution infrastructure with the formation of cinema cluster. The central event will be the 2nd International Motivational Film Festival BRIDGE OF ARTS ( “Bridge of Art") that will be held from the 24th till the 28th of August. "The Year of cinema is a special year. The events that take place this year is our movement forward. After all, this is what cinematography is for" Said the Governor of Rostov Region Vasily Golubev.
The heads of the Russian Cinematographers' Union that were present at the opening ceremony of the Year of the Russian Cinema noted that similar events have taken place in several regions but the Rostov region is the only one where the ceremony was opened by the Governor. "I dream about the revival of Russian cinema and for the Don to be one of the first regions to gain it. I dream of people standing in the line in the cinemas to see Russian films!" - said Viktor Merezhko, a board member of the Russian Union of Cinematographers, screenwriter, film director, actor, People's Artist of Russia.
Later he and the other filmmakers, guests of the mini-festival "The modern adaptation of Anton Chekhov" took an active part in creative workshops and presentations. Also present were filmmaker Klim Lavrentiev, actors Alexander Pyatkova, Oksana Stashenko, Irina Bezrukova, Pawel Delag and Oleg Taktarov.
Guests of the festival noted a great interest of local audience of the films presented: the average occupancy rate in the cinemas during the Film Festival was about 70%. In total, 1179 people participated in the events. "We were worried that few viewers would come to the retrospect screenings because the films that have become classics are familiar to many. But much to our delight we saw the filled halls especially during the screening of the film "A hunting accident" Said Alexey Pavlovsky, the PR-manager of the event. He also noted that in the program also included films "Diadia Vanya" by Andrei Konchalovsky (USSR, 1970); "Ochi Chernie" by Nikita Mikhalkov (USSR, Italy, 1987); "Predmet Obozhania" Oleg Bazilova (Belarus, Russia, 2014), "Zimniaya Spiachka" Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey-France-Germany, 2014). A pre-premiere screening of Rene Feret’s "Anton Chekhov 1890" (France, 2015) took place a a special event. This film was shown in Russia for the first time.