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IV Festival VOICES went down in history

9 July, 2013, IV International Young European Film Festival VOICES went down in history. During five days of the forum the participators and the viewers saw 9 films under competition category and more than 60 films under non-competition program. There were meetings with actors and film directors, concerts, workshops, “round table” concerning films for children. Many Vologda citizens and guests of the festival could visit VOICES Picnic, a new format of communication to try with great pleasure. Cherepovets was having a Day of Russian Cinema introducing the program of the Russian films which took part in the International Film Festival in Khanty-Mansyisk Spirit of the Fire.

The results of the film forum were announced at the festival closing ceremony in Lencom movie theatre. The picture Long Bright Days by Nana Ekvitimishvili and Simon Gross was awarded the main prize. This decision of the jury was welcomed by the viewers: many were impressed by the film. The Best Actress Award was given to Katarzina Kwiatowska, who had the leading part in social drama by Maria Sadovskaya Women’s Day. Lars Mikkelsen became the Best Actor, for his acting in the film by Katrine Wiedermann Vicev?rten. This year the jury hasn’t chosen films for the Beat Director Award, instead, they paid attention to the camerawork of Kirill Klepalov, cameraman of Yuri Bykov’s Major. This difficult and serious dramatic film got People’s Choice Award, having more votes than Long Bright Days. It is not every year when at the VOICES festival the prize Talant without Limits for significant contribution into cinema art is awarded. This time the prize was given to Bella Tarr, the chairman of this year festival, the expert of Hungarian independent films.

The members of the jury made a message for young directors, which was read out by Erik Ebony, a French actor. Big-name cinematographers and actors appealed to the young to be bold and courageous, not to follow any rules and to be themselves.

Since VOICES is a festival of young films, at this prestigious cinema forum there is also a place for young directors- amateurs. The prize in the amateur short films Vologda in Faces contest was given to Roman Utkin, the author of the film Love Will Come.

The gratitude to everyone who took part in organization , preparation and realization of the festival was expressed by Igor Lisenko, the director of the VOICES festival. The finishing touch of the closing ceremony was made by Oleg Kuvshinnikov, the governor of Vologda Oblast: “The cinema holiday is nearly over, but within these five days thousands of Vologda citizens came to the cinemas and watched real movie – modern, bright, epatage, beautiful, movie which gives food for thought. Thanks to the VOICES, all cinematographic world could learn about Vologda, and we welcome our guests and viewers at the next, the Vth festival”.

The film which was shown at the closing ceremony was the picture of Sofia Coppola The Elite Society.

Svetlana Grishina,
photo of Roman Ilyin and Julia Shutova