SIFA. Dreams come true
The First Sochi International Film Awards (SIFA) happened! Moreover, its participants, guests, and press even gave it a new non-official name – Irida – after the award statue. And! It went on with a grandiose success, having achieved all its goals.
The main purpose, which the Founder and President of SIFA Lubov Balagova set before her brainchild, was to achieve understanding and acceptance between different countries via cinema and by means of it to overcome the obstacles, created by modern politics in the way of friendship and fruitful collaboration between the representatives of different nations and cultures.
Press conference, dedicated to the opening of SIFA
Co-president of the Jury Vera Glagoleva
Founder and President of SIFA Lubov Balagova,
Sochi's Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov
Members of the jury Lawrence Foldes and Karl Bardosh
Of course, during all international film festivals, filmmakers of various countries communicate and make contacts that later grow into creative collaboration. However, the films, chosen for the participation in the competitive and non-competitive program, created a special atmosphere, which has shown that the difference in outlook of different cultures is the fertile ground for the spiritual enrichment.
It’s wonderful that we are different! It’s wonderful that the human world so rich in diversity of self-expression and points of view that supplement each other, creating the single astounding picturesque canvas of the phenomenon of the Universe, called a HUMAN. Each human being! Because there are no ordinary people. Each is a whole, integral, and unique spiritual world.
Working on her film festival, Lubov Balagova especially wanted to show to the world the richness, uniqueness, and national diversity of the Russian culture to the world. She did it!
Founder and President of SIFA Lubov Balagova
Among the participants and the guests of the festival from the UK, Japan, India, the USA, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia and the other countries, the intensity of emotions during the screening of Russian films reached the highest degree of a special sensation that arises during perceiving a work of art, which Aristotle called catharsis. The screenings were followed by excited discussions in perfect and far from perfect English and Russian – often mixed up. In fact, perfect English and perfect Russian also turned into far from perfect because of the overabundance of feelings, stirred in the very depth of the soul. But no matter which language was used and the level of the ability to speak it, it was a real pleasure of the full understanding.
The screenings of the foreign films aroused the same reaction and the same avalanche of exchange of impressions and understanding. Thus, the second purpose of SIFA – to show to the Russians that they don’t have enemies outside Russia – also had been accomplished for 100%.
As for the third purpose: to increase the amount of co-production with participation of Russia… Taking into account the intensity of exchange the contact data and the themes of conversations after sharing the impressions from the films, it looks like the next SIFA will mostly consist of the projects that were born during the First Sochi International Film Awards.
The program of all five days of the festival was very rich: the screenings of the competitive and non-competitive films, concerts, press conferences, workshops. Unfortunately, some events went on simultaneously in the different places of the festival. Hence, it was impossible to attend all of them.
The special mentioning is deserved by the workshop Cell Phone Cinema by the producer, director, screenwriter, and editor, professor of New York University Karl Bardosh. The matter is that in the future, Lubov Balagova plans to make the special nomination for the films, shot by cell phones. Her aim is to open the door to the big cinema for filmmakers, independently of their financial possibilities.
The workshop Cell Phone Cinema by Karl Bardosh
Karl Bardosh is sure that the modern cell phone is a Hollywood studio in your pocket. Of course, you should be able to use it to shoot films, which can be shown on a big screen. Karl Bardosh has a 14-week course, devoted to it, which he held many times in different countries.
Certainly, it’s impossible to teach everything, what is supposed to be studied during 14 weeks, for an hour and a half. However, Karl Bardosh told about the main possibilities and – what is the most important thing – he managed to interest with this topic and so much that Director General of the production center ZERKALO (Sochi) Elen Shiller decided to offer him to hold his full course in Sochi as a part of SIFA program. So, we may hope that soon all those from Russia, who want to master the subtleties of this type of film art, will be able to come to Sochi and make their dream come true.
And now about the films. Unfortunately, the very busy schedule of the festival didn’t allow to watch all of them, but here are those that have affected me most of all. It would be great to see them in cinemas and on TV:
Competitive films: The Pitch, Dyosegey God, Whisper of Yusu Leaves, The Bird, Taking Stock, Stoner Express (AmStarDam), Summer of Frozen Fountains. I would add to this list Teli and Toli. I didn’t manage to see this film but having heard the discussions, I’ll try to do it at the first opportunity.
Non-competitive films: Imphal 1944, Rudolf Nureyev. Island of His Dreams, Circassian Girl, The Big I and One Magical Day, Shoes, Brutus, Violin, Rush.
The Pitch (Коробка) – TeleSto Film Company, Russia, 2015. Festival Gran Prix and Best Screenplay.
Director and screenwriter: Eduard Bordukov
Camera: Pavel Yemelin
Music: Alexander Sokolov
Production design: Anton Polikarpov
Producers: Elena Glikman, Mikhail Degtiar, Yaroslav Zhivov
Cast: Sergei Romanovish, Kirill Degtiar, Sergei Podolny, Anastasia Miloslavskaya, Alexander Melnikov, Stepan Tavrizian, Gosha Soskin, Soslan Zaseev, Ulvi Verdiev, Eugenia Dvitrieva
Actor Kirill Degtiar and producer Mikhail Degtiar
at the Awarding Ceremony
The film ‘The Pitch’ is tough and touching, beautiful and dynamic, at the limit of intensity of emotions. This film has been shot for film distribution but not for festivals, but absolutely unexpectedly for its creators, it started to gather awards on film festivals, while it failed in distribution. Why? Having watched the film, I have just one answer: something was wrong with the distributors.
‘The Pitch’ is an amazing and extraordinary work of film art for everyone: for a strict film festival’s jury and for an ordinary moviegoer, and in any country of the world because the problems it shows exist everywhere now.
In any state, in any settlement, there are native inhabitants and those who moved here. And among all of them, there are those who deserve respect and those who don’t. Yet, very often the relationship is built on stereotypes and prejudices but not on the reality of interpersonal relations. How to overcome those stereotypes and prejudices? How to treat each other without basing on the race, nationality and other things of this kind but taking into account the purely individual qualities only? Especially when you are young and the older generation does its best to impose those stereotypes and prejudices upon you.
The dynamic drama develops to the accompaniment of football. And even those who are not the fans of this sport turn out to be fascinated with stunning scenes of the game, which are filmed so beautifully that they could be compared with the ballet or martial arts. To tell the truth, it’s incomprehensible why this film didn’t get the award Best Cinematography too.
So, my dear readers, if you get an opportunity to see this film, do it. I guarantee that having seen it once, you’ll want to see it again and again.
Dyosegey God – Russia (Yakutia), 2015. Special Jury Award.
Director: Sergey Potapov
Screenwriters: Sergey Potapov, Zhanna Skriabina
Cinematographers: Semeyon Amantov, Iskander Ivanov, Evgeniy Osipov, Vadim Skriabin
Producer: Zhanna Skriabina-Doari
Editor: Pyotr Karsagov
Cast: Pavel Chenyanov, Alla Poiseeva
Screenwriter and roducer Zhanna Skriabina-Doari and actor Pavel Chenyanov
after the screening of their film
The film ‘Dyosegey God’ is an unforgettable immersion into spiritual traditions of Yakutia. The Yakuts keep their ancient faith, rituals, and myths. Exactly the mythological story is the basis of the film, and the events develop on the background of the ancient rite – the main Yakut summer festivity Ysyakh, dedicated to Dyosegey God.
It’s unbelievable! The feature film ‘Dyosegey God’ has been shot just for 2 days – right during the grandiose celebration of the festivity Ysyakh. Four cinematographers shot the traditional rituals of the festivity in different locations of the vast territory where it had been held. Just one professional actor worked in the film – Pavel Chenyanov. Alla Poiseeva likes to dance, but she is not a professional actress. All other characters are ordinary people that came to the festivity. The film virtually doesn’t have the staged scenes, and from this point of view, it can be called a documentary, and yet, it’s a feature film.
But even if the film had been shot for about 3 years, it’s an unquestionable masterpiece of the film art anyway. The mythological story about Dyosegey God is moved to the modern time and develops on the background of rites, devoted to him. By means of this, the creators of the film have shown the very essence of the myth – not only this one but a MYTH as it is. After all, what is a myth? It’s like a pattern of an ornament that repeats itself, creating a design. Like morning, afternoon, evening and night every day; like winter, spring, summer, and autumn every year. Just the interweaving of the other ornaments makes each day, each year unique. The same goes with a myth – a matrix of a definite cycle of the human life.
‘Dyosegey God’ brings into a special state of the unity with the eternity of the cycles of the Universe, rousing the genetic memory of the underlying meaning of the human life. What is it? It’s impossible to express it by means of words, but the caught sensation literally overturns the consciousness. And the subconsciousness too. It’s worth to be seen very much, and not just once.
Whisper of Yusu Leaves – Group Fudosha Misumi Production Corporation, Japan, 2016. Special Prize and Best Actress – Chieko Matsubara
Director and screenwriter: Koji Kamizono
Producer: Kiyoko Misumi
Music: Yosuke Satoh
Cinematographer: Masakazu Oka
Editor: Yukako Kobayashi
Cast: Chieko Matsubara, Masahiko Tsugawa, Soma Santoki, Kazuhiko Nishimura, Ayako Kobayashi, Miyoko Yoshimoto, Mayuko, Yuki Tsujimoto, Mai Hiraoka, Takanobu Kimura, Takeharu Maeda, Misa Nakamura
Whisper of Yusu Leaves
Actress Chieko Matsubara
before the Awarding Ceremony
The film ‘Whisper of Yusu Leaves’ is a special film about love. As a rule, all stories about love are the stories that encompass the period from the first meeting till the wedding, and further… “…they lived happily ever after.” But how? Perhaps, the total lack of the answers to this question in works of art is the main reason why there are more problems in the family relations all over the world, than the happily-ever-after, which is sought by every couple of lovers, sealing their relationship by marriage.
‘Whisper of Yusu Leaves’ tells exactly about the secrets of the long and happy family life. In Japanese style. But the recipe of the true eternal love, given in this film, fits representatives of any culture. Why? Because it doesn’t matter how exactly the characters interact. The recipe is a special mood, learning which, entering which, the true happily-ever-after becomes possible and achievable without any efforts, without sacrifices and compromises, by pure intuition, from the very depth of the soul. And the film Whisper of Yusu Leaves is abundantly permeated with this mood.
The Bird (Птица) – Lenfilm, Russia, 2016.
Director: Kseniya Baskakova
Screenwriters: Yaroslava Pulinovich, Andrei Ryamyantsev, Kseniya Baskakova
Cinematographer: Dmitri Savinov
Music: Alexander Pantykin, Andrei Fedechko
Production design: Alexei Paderin, Pavel Svintsov
Producer: Eduard Pichugin
Cast: Ivan Okhlobysin, Evdokiya Malevskaya, Garik Sukachev, Anastasiya Melnikova, Kirkll Rubtsov, Kirill Zakharov, Inna Gorbikova, Olesya Sokolova, etc.
Unfortunately, the jury didn’t award this film, but many moviegoers liked it; though, not everyone. The question for those who didn’t, “Why you didn’t like it?” was answered, “It’s not a real relationship. It doesn’t go on this way in the life.” It’s disputable, for a lot of things happen in the life; just untypical variants of relations are not known for everybody. However, precisely the works of art and especially the cinema show new models of behavior, and the model, shown in the film ‘The Bird’, is worth to be implemented into the life.
Two persons that do not fit into the society too well – a difficult teenager girl and a scandalously famous rock musician – find each other. Quite soon, their friendship grows into the father-daughter relationship. Untypical, far more warm and sincere than most relationships of such kind.
The film ‘The Bird’ is full of subtle humor and music and shows how even the most difficult situation can be turned into a great opportunity.
Taking Stock – UK, 2015. SIFA President’s award.
Director and screenwriter: Maeve Murphy
Producers: Maeve Murphy, Geoff Austin, Frank Mannion
Music: David Long
Cinematographer: Gerry Vasbenter
Editor: Anuree De Silva
Cast: Kelly Brook, Scot Williams, Georgia Groome, Femi Oyenirian, Jay Brown, Lorna Brown, Junichi Kajioka
Actor Junichi Kajioka and director, screenwriter, and producer Maeve Murphy
before the Awarding Ceremony
The film ‘Taking Stock’ is a light comedy with a deep meaning. Regardless of the country we live, each of us wants stability, and for the sake of it, sometimes, we sacrifice our own dream. But no matter how hard we try to live calm and measured, the reasons, independent from us, unsettle us very often. In the situation when the habitual world collapses in a blink of an eye, someone falls into despair and hopelessness, but someone else finds out that if there is nothing to lose anymore, it’s time to make the dream come true.
Stoner Express (AmStarDam) – UK, 2015.
Director: Lee Lennox
Screenwriters: Wayne Lennox, Lee Lennox
Producer: Zorana Piggott
Music: Paul Arnold, Andrew Barnabas
Cinematographer: Andy Parsons
Editor: Calum Ross
Cast: Jonathan Readwin, Sean Power, Eline Powell, Eric Lampaert, Howard Marks, Alice Lowe, Billy Boyd
The film ‘Stoner Express (AmStarDam)’ was not awarded, but in the given case, it can be understood why – it’s a frankly mischievous film. And yet, ‘Stoner Express (AmStarDam)’ is an astonishingly told fairy-tale. For adults. In the language, understandable for them.
Summer of Frozen Fountains – Film studio ‘29+7’ (Georgia), CTB (Russia), 2016. Best Director.
Director: Vano Burduli
Producers: Tinatin Kadzhrishvili, Vano Burduli, Sergei Selyanov, Natalia Drozd
Screenwriters: Vano Burduli, David Chubinishvili
Cinematographer: Georgy Devdariani
Music: Levon Uozebidze
Production design: Georgy Maskharashvili
Cast: Nutsa Kukhianidze, Mari Kitia, Lamze Sukhitashvili, Misha Meskhi, Levan Kadzhrishvili, Andrus Paulavichus, Nato Murvanidze
Summer of Frozen Fountains
Director, screenwriter, and producer Vano Burduli
at the Awarding Ceremony
'Summer of Frozen Fountains' is a warm tinge of Georgia, well known for Russian audience by the films of the last century when Russia and Georgia were parts of one country. Quite ordinary stories of quite ordinary people, but how much depth, beauty, sincerity and wisdom in them! Only in Georgia, they can show the life like this. It’s very pleasant that the director of the film Vano Burduli keeps those traditions.
Teli and Toli – Producer Center Horosho Production Co Ltd., Russia, Georgia, Canada, Greece, 2016. Best Actor – Kakhi Kavsadze and Dagun Omayev.
Director: Alexander Amirov
Screenwriters: Vladimir Gutnov, Olga Pogodina
Cinematographer: Peter Dukhovskoy
Music: Guram Granovsky
Production design: Alexei Gavryutin
Co-producers: Tamri Kerechashvili (Georgia), Valery Kogan (Canada) Leonidus Marantidis (Greece)
Producers: Yatalia Ivanova, Varia Ksinopulo
Cast: Kakhi Kavsadze, Dagun Omayev, Nanuly Saradzishvili, Nuza Khubulava, Kazbek Kibizov, Soslan Fidarov, Rinal Mukhametov, Sergei Pogosyan, Nik Shoniya, Ivan Dubrovsky
As I’ve already told, I didn’t manage to see this film by myself, but the feedback of those who watched it unambiguously convinces to do it.
Imphal 1944 – UK-Japan, 2014.
Director: Junichi Kajioka
Screenwriters: Junichi Kajioka, Timothee Layat
Producers: Junichi Kajioka, Timothee Layat, Paulina Moskwa
Music: Raphael Fimm, Yukiko Isomura, Luna Luna
Cinematographer: Michal Tomasiczek
Editors: Kelly Kiyoon Chang, Eduardo Jed Camara, Beaumont Loewenthal, Wenjia Zhao
Cast: Junichi Kajioka, Ray Bull, Diane Crush, Daniel Shelley, James Viller, Jozef Aoki, Shina Shihoko Nagai
Director, screenwriter, producer, and actor Junichi Kajioka
The film ‘Imphal 1944’ is one of the best films, screened at SIFA. It’s pity that this year, there was no competition for short films, and ‘Imphal 1944’ was not awarded. However, it got the most important award – the unconditional recognition of the audience, even despite that only those, who speaks English and Japanese, were able to appreciate it in full measure – the film had been screened without Russian subtitles. It would be wonderful if ‘Imphal 1944’ gets into Russian and worldwide film distribution because it’s one of the most necessary films precisely now when the world is shaken with military conflict.
The director, producer, screenwriter and one of the featured actors Junichi Kajioka has managed to show very vividly the fact, that those, who are compelled to kill each other at the behest of politicians, are not enemies. If they had met each other under other circumstances, quite possible they could have become even the best friends, regardless of the difference of cultural traditions, to which they belong.
Probably, I am mistaken, but in my mind, there are no objective reasons to solve interstate issues on the battlefield in the modern world. It’s the highest degree of immorality to force people to kill one another, hiding behind wonderful slogans of patriotism. The true patriotism is to make the conditions for happiness and creative self-perfection of each but not to cause death, injury and destruction, according to the own whims, showing them in a quality of a stern necessity for the common good.
Having met each other many years after the battle of Imphal, being already elderly men, the characters of the film find strength in themselves to reassess what they had experienced in their youth, turned out to be on the different sides of the military conflict. The comprehension that they are not enemies and, in the essence, they never were, doesn’t come easily to them after those horrors and tragedies, which they had to go through.
The power of this comprehension left very warm feelings after the screening of the film – with tears flowing on the cheeks, of course.
Politicians change the course of history. Creators of art change the very essence of the coding of human consciousness – of the humanity in whole and of each human being in particular. The slogans like “Peace to the World” are beautiful but empty words. Even if they sound louder than shots and explosions, they are unable to stop the madness of wars. While the film ‘Imphal 1944’ by Junichi Kajioka possesses enough power to reprogram the consciousness of the humanity concerning its most disgusting invention.
Rudolf Nureyev. Island of His Dreams – Russia-Turkey, 2016.
Director and screenwriter: Evgeniya Tirdatova
Producers: Yasemin Pirinccioglu, Nurdan Tumbek Tekeoglu, Evgeniya Tirdatova
Cinematographer: Dmitriy Yermakov
Editor: Boris Mnukhin
Cast: Yasemin Pirinccioglu, Tevfik Erman Kutlu, Zeynep Fadillioglu, Metin Fadillioglu, Hulya Aksular, Nilay Yesiltepe, Asaf Guneri, Ezio Frigerio, Franca Squarciapino
The film ‘Rudolf Nureyev. Island of His Dreams’ is the story about the special connection of the greatest dancer and choreographer of the 20th century with Turkey.
It’s impossible to describe the inner world – none of the human languages contains proper words for this. But the picturesque natural landscapes, colorful urban views, products of traditional Turkish handicrafts, the narrations of people, who were fortunate enough to know Rudolf Nureyev, about the events of his life, outside the field of vision of press and audience – all of these take you along to unknown distances, depths, and heights of the inner world of the true creator.
Of course, there is nothing new in the means of expression. How else could you tell about a person who is not with us anymore? However…
All artists paint with the same dyes, but someone creates a masterpiece, while another one just smudges the canvas.
‘Rudolf Nureyev. Island of His Dreams’ is a masterpiece of the film art, made by the most traditional means for the documentary genre, but so that the first wish, which arose after the screening, was to watch this film one more time right here, right now.
Circassian Girl (Черкешенка) – Cherkesiya-film, Russia. Special Prize.
Directors: Askarbiy Nagaplev, Kheseyn Daurov
Screenwriters: Fatima Teuchezh, Yuriy Shidov, Denef Kaykhan, Madina Khakuasheva
Producer: Askarbiy Nagaplev
Music: Aslan Gotov
Cinematographers: Andrey Gasiy, Bertran Normand, Vadim Aseev
Editors: Kheseyn Daurov, Irina Shashkova
Director and producer Askarbiy Nagaplev
at the Awarding Ceremony
The attitude towards a woman, the role of a woman in a family, state and in the world in whole is a great problem of the humanity. However, since time immemorial, this problem had been solved in the Caucasus by the nation, which is commonly accepted to call the Circassians and which calls itself Adyge.
Respect, veneration, and admiration are never given for granted. Such attitude must be deserved. The very process of raising girls in the Caucasus is directed to grow a woman, worthy respect, veneration, and admiration. All aspects of the true femininity, worthy respect, veneration, and admiration, are shown in the film ‘Circassian Girl’.
Also, the film tells about great Circassian women, who lived and live now in different countries of the world and managed to influence the fate of the humanity.
The Big I and One Magical Day (Большая я и один волшебный день) – Россия, 2016
Director, screenwriter, and producer: Valentin Vaynkin
Cinematographer: Yevgeniy Safonov
Music: Valentin Vaynkin
Editor: Artyom Yegorov
Cast: Daniella Dantsova, Nastya Terzyan, Misha Maltsev, Alina Tyurinova, Erik Turkmenyan, Ira Spiridonova, Arseniy Romenskiy
Big I and One Magical Day
Director, screenwriter, and producer Valentin Vaynkin and young actresses
represent their film
The ‘Big I and One Magical Day’ is a kind and touching fairy-tale, filmed in Sochi – the place where SIFA is held. The majority of actors are children. Although comparing with the other works, shown at the film festival, it’s obvious that this film is an amateur one, but it worth to be seen.
Shoes (Туфельки) – Russia-Poland-Belarus-Czech Republic-France, 2012.
Brutus (Брут) – Russia-Ukraine-USA-Romania-Israel, 2016. Special Prize.
Violin (Скрипка) – Russia-Belarus-Czech Republic-Poland-Japan-Israel, 2016.
Director, screenwriter, and producer: Konstantin Fam (Shoes, Brutus, and Violin)
Screenwriters: Sergey Rakhlin, Maxim Voskoboev (Brutus)
Producers: Alexey Terukhin (Shoes, Brutus, and Violin); Yan Fisher Romanovskiy (Brutu, and Violin); Uriy Igrusha, Michail Bykov (Shoes and Violin); Tania Dovidovskaya, Krzysztof Wiech, Tania Rakhmanova, Alexey Timofeev, Alexander Kulikov, Igor Lopatonok, Sergey Zhdanov (Shoes); Sasha Klein (Violin)
Music: Egor Romanenko (Shoes, Brutus, and Violin)
Cinematographers: Asen Shopov, Sergey Novikov, Otabek Djuraev, Marec Gajczak (Shoes); Giora Bejach (Brutus)
Shoes – Alexander Bokovets, Ukiana Elina, Tatiana Spurgyash, Ilya Uglava
Brutus – Oksana Fandera, Filipp Yankovskiy, Vladimir Koshevoy, Oin Grosu Sergey Nagornyy, Marusya Zykova, Anna churina, Marta Drozdova
Violin – Lenn Kudrjawizki, Michael Gor, Masha King, Alexey Petrukhin, Vyacheslav Chepurchenko, Oksana Fandera, Vladimir Kochevoy, Anzhelika Kashirina, Mariya Zykova, Aleem Kandour
‘Shoes’, ‘Brutus’, and ‘Violin’
Director, screenwriter, and producer Konstantin Fam
at the Awarding Ceremony
‘Shoes’, ‘Brutus’, and ‘Violin’ are a film trilogy of short films, which according to its creators should outgrow into a feature film in the future.
These three films opened the film festival and set its tone, having showed what happens when people begin to treat each other, following the opinion of the government, which considers that it has the right to interfere with the private life of the citizens instead of solving the problems for solving which, it – the government – is intended.
Rush – USA, 2014. Special Prize.
Director: Theodore Dodge
Screenwriter and producer: Jane Clements
Music: Mark Leonard
Cinematographers: Nick Sarando, Michael Mendizza, Bill Meurer, Jed Dole
Editor: Gob Ellis
Producer and screenwriter Jane Clements
at the Awarding Ceremony
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The First Sochi International Film Awards is over, but the Sochi International Film Awards has just begun its journey. The first festival is a very confident and promising start, after which, there are no doubts that Lubov Balagova’s film festival – the Sochi International Film Awards – will take its rightful place amongst the most prestigious film festivals of the world, and Irida – its award statue – will be as worthy as Golden Palm or Oscar.
The jury and the winners of the First Sochi International Awards
at the Closing Ceremony
Very soon, the preparation to the second film festival will begin, where filmmakers from all around the world will be able to show not only their works but also the projects of co-producing films.
In conclusion, I would like to address those, on whom the scale of the Sochi International Film Awards and the production of the film, which will be represented at it, depend:
Dear businessmen! Cinema is not just art. Cinema is one of the most profitable spheres of investments, what has been proved many times worldwide from Hollywood to YouTube. Please! Support the Sochi International Film Awards! Support our film projects! You know special subtleties of the art of commerce, unknown to the representatives of the creative sphere. Please, give us the financial possibility to create and earn on our creations.
During a tough chapter in UK-Russian relations I was pleased to have been able to attend Luba's special evening... Luba , you are a brave and valiant woman to spearhead such a high-profile project in a hostile environment. But those of us who spent the 23rd with you had the privilege of breathing the same air as the legendary Stephen Frears, the American star Nick Nolte and the superb string ensemble (KANDOUR QUARTET).
Luba, this is a crucial time for artists to recover their voice, you are helping to restore the connection between all of us, film makers from all over the world. I applaud the philosophy that underpins what you are doing.
Congratulations on making history, Luba. Thanks to Anatoly Pakhomov, of course! Sochi is the ideal choice for the concept of creating an international film festival designed to restore the face of art to the world through cinema. (…) Russia has always presented to the world the best examples of literature, philosophy, cinema and, in general, culture! And now the new Sochi International Film Awards wrote a new chapter in history with the same concept.
A structured and strict concept of a powerful film festival has been formed, and you managed to prove its feasibility. Congratulations on what you have achieved, Luba. You've got proof of concept under your belt now! I thank Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov for supporting the new important film festival.
A smashing success! Thank you for bringing Moscow and Sochi delegations, for the unexpected Sochi-wood glamour, the feedback from staff members and external guests was unreservedly positive.
Admirable Lubov Balagova-Kandour.
President and Producer of the “IRIDA” First Sochi International Film Awards. Majestic woman and lady of the world. Her motto - nothing is impossible. A woman of words and deeds. Beautiful person and magnificent woman.