For spectators and professionals, the Minsk International Film Festival Listapad is a treat for heart and soul, the festival's director Anzhelika Krashevskaya said at a press conference, BelTA has learned.
“For viewers and professionals who pay attention to the festival, Listapad is a treat for heart and soul, because we always treat cinematography as art,” Anzhelika Krashevskaya noted. “This year has been challenging for everyone, including us. The organization of the festival does not take only a couple of months – it is a difficult and careful analytical work. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to change the format of the festival. All films will be shown to the international panel of judges and journalists at a special platform that protects the films from piracy. This is a novelty for us. Belarusian viewers, the judges, and journalists will also watch the films in cinemas of Minsk,” she added.
The festival will feature about 120 films from 50 countries that will be screened in Minsk cinemas Tsentralny, Falcon Club Boutique Cinema, Silver Screen in Galileo Trading Mall, Pioner, and Belarus. The Moskva cinema will play host to the opening ceremony of the festival. Vadim Perelman's Persian Lessons (Russia, Germany, Belarus) will open the festival. Icarus directed by Poland's Maciej Pieprzyca will be the wrap up Listapad.
This year, the organizers of the industrial platform of the festival will focus on discussions featuring filmmakers, the coordinator of the industrial platform Darya Amelkovich said. “We will try to define the place of Belarusian cinema in the context of social cinema, find what this industry lacks and what new tendencies have originated from it. We will also discuss fiction films, women's cinema, and documentaries. Moreover, the program will include a presentation of a book by cinema expert Maria Kostyukovich and a meeting with Piotr Sobocinski Jr. – a cameraman of Corpus Christi, that was a popular film in Belarusian cinemas” she said.
Minsk International Film Festival Listapad was accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) as a festival of films made in the CIS, Central and Southeast Asia, the Baltic states, Eastern and Central Europe, Cuba. This year's festival will be held under the slogan "Magic of Image" on 6-13 November. The organizer of the festival is the Visual and Performing Arts Center ART Corporation. The founders of the festival are the Belarusian Culture Ministry and the Minsk City Hall.