MIEFF 2017

MIEFF 2017 was held on July 20 - 23 at Electrotheatre Stanislavsky and GARAGE museum of contemporary art



Boris Nelepo
Boris Nelepo is a film critic and festival programmer. He curated the retrospectives of Jacques Rivette, Želimir Žilnik, Peter von Bagh, Marlen Khutsiev, Bela Tarr, Pierre Léon, Philippe Garrel and Seijun Suzuki. He has written for a number of Russian and international publications such Séance, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Trafic, MUBI, Cinema Scope. He was named Best young critic of 2010 by the Russian Film Critics Guild. He served for official jury of Locarno film festival, Doclisboa, Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Cinéma du Réel and FICUNAM. He is the Russian film consultant for the Locarno Film Festival and Berlin Critics' Week. Now he is an artistic director of International Festival "Spirit of fire" in Khanty-Mansiysk.
Evgeny Gusyatinskiy
Evgeny Gusyatinskiy (1983, Moscow) graduated from VGIK (Russian State Institute of Cinematography) and following his studies worked as a film critic and journalist for a range of Russian media. He worked as an editor of Film Art Monthly (Iskusstvo Kino), the oldest film magazine in Europe, and lectured at Princeton University and The New School in New York. He is a member of the selection committee of Kinotavr Film Festival and compiles programmes for the Moscow's Pioner Cinema. Since 2011 he has been working as a programmer of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, selecting films from Russia, CIS countries, Eastern Europe, German-speaking countries, as well as from Greece and Israel. As a programmer of IFFR, he curated the first ever complete retrospectives of Kira Muratova and Jan Němec, and also organized several thematic programs including an exhibition. A frequent writer on films, he continues to contribute to various Russian and foreign publications on arts and culture.

Victor Alimpiev
Victor Alimpiev was born in Moscow in 1973. He graduated from the Art School of Memory of 1905, and the New Art Strategies at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow. Today Victor Alimpiev is one of the most interesting and distinguished figures in contemporary Russian art. His works are included in the collections of such important Russian and Western museums and foundations as the National Center for Contemporary Arts, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, MuHKA, MART-Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rovereto, Cultural Foundation EKATERINA, Contemporary City Foundation, the Nicola Trussardi Foundation, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation. He participated in the 2nd and 5th Moscow Biennale, the 4th Berlin Biennale and the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2013.
Ekaterina Chuchalina
Master of Arts in Visual Culture (City University of London). Curator and program director of the VAC Foundation, has been working in the fund since its establishment in 2009; Supervised Russian artists solo projects - Mikhail Tolmachev, Arseniy Zhilyaev, Kirill Glushchenko, "Laboratory of Urban Fauna" formation exhibitions, along with group exhibitions in Moscow and Venice.

how it was


Tunisia | 2016 | 31 min
Ismail Bahri

At first, "Foyer" seems to be a projection without film, where the only thing visible is a palpitating white screen. Voices accompany this white emptiness. They are spoken by people who approach the cameraman at work on the film, questioning him about what he is doing. In turn, an amateur photographer, a curious passerby, a policeman and a group of young men all approach the man filming. As the situation develops, the discussions reveal to the spectators the principles of a film experience in progress, of the film they are actually watching. The film experience intrigues people, it interrogates and ultimately transforms the camera into a foyer (in the sense of a hearth), around which people gather, to speak, discuss and listen. At first centered on the camera, these conversations quickly reveal singular points of view, which trace the forms of a particular social and political landscape. They offer a glimpse of the context in which a tentative work experience is unfolding, searching for its way in the agitated world.
On generation and corruption
Japan | 2017 | 26 min
Makino Takashi

"Inspired from Aristotleʼs "On Generation and Corruption". After the screening in Athens, I had important conversation about Aristotle with one of old lady from audience. We talked about materiality of сinema. We also talked about the construction of cinema itself already has similarity of life and time. Cinema never exist. They just keep doing Generation and Corruption. The situation is also similar with the construction of life and civilization. Then I decided shooting this film. All of images were shot in Japan. Image will continue to repeat the appear and disappear like a infinity loop". Makino Takashi
Russia / USA | 2016 | 35 min
Anton Ginzburg

is a film exploring post-Soviet geography and Constructivist architecture. It is made up four chapters and an introduction-index. Each chapter is exploring a different Constructivist building as a stage for past utopias. The buildings are landmarks of Soviet modernism: Melnikov House (architect Konstantin Melnikov), Narkomfin Building (architect Moisei Ginzburg), ZIL (Automobile factory designed by Vesnin brothers) and also recording of a "ghost mode" of a video game exploring ruins of Pripyat' (Soviet town affected by Chernobyl catastrophe) featuring unrealized Tatlin's Tower. Since a lot of Constructivist projects were never realized and existed as potential designs, they are placed into the virtual environments of the video game, positioning utopia within dystopia. It's an atemporal collective territory, where past dreams coincide with current consumer culture. Modernity could be interpreted as an updated Babel Tower project where the universal tongue would have been imposed over the rest of the world. It still resonates deeply with contemporary culture, but today it exists as an archive of ruins, the record of fragmentation.
France | 2016 | 12 min
Camilo Restrepo

To keep a promise she made to her dying mother, a young woman goes off in search of her father, a womanizer she has never met. Along the way, she soon learns that he is dead. But that doesn't change her plans, she still intends to find him. Carried by the spell-binding rhythm of the maloya, a ritual chant from Reunion Island, "Cilaos" explores the deep, murky ties that bind the dead and the living.
Last days of Leningrad
Russia / Sweden | 2016 | 28 min
Мария Зеннстрём

Maria Zennström knew that their days were numbered. That's why she filmed the poor intelligentsia of Leningrad in the end of the eighties. The film was shot in a cramped flat in a city that was called Leningrad. Zennström needed a story so she used her family's. She needed a storyteller and used herself. Today, quite some years later, the people, the city and the country where the film was shot no
longer exist. The film becomes a time capsule.