(Kazan, 24 August, Tatar-inform). Kazan Muslim Film Festival was successfully presented at Moscow cinema Saturn on Sunday night. The over 300-strong audience gave a standing round of applause to film Letters Under The Rain by Iranian film director Marjan Ashrafizadekh. The last-year Best Female Role and Best Script prize winner was given a rapturous welcome during the Days of Tatarstan in Moscow.
Kazan festival’s press secretary Ruslan Shigabetdinov told Tatar-inform that films by Tatarstan directors had been shown at Saturn cinema on the same day. State-run Tatarkino film institution deputy director Rais Sadriev told about cinema development in the republic. The audience were shown the short-length film by Ildar Yagafarov Loss (Yugaltu) about complex relations between the father and the sons in a contemporary Tatar family starring legendary Tatar actor Ravil Sharafiev.
Documentaries The Ancient Bolgar by Nikolai Morozov and Alexandra Senchukova and City Revived by Ildar Yagafarov and Natalia Pankratova told about the large-scale restoration of local historical and architectural monuments. The audience gave each film a warm welcome.
Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of Tatarstan in Russia Azat Akhtareev said in his welcoming remarks that over the years of its existence the Kazan festival had evolved into a true Tatar culture brand, winning global recognition as a ‘festival of humane cinema’ and becoming a significant event for many cinema enthusiasts.
The Days of Tatarstan Culture in Moscow took place between 20 and 24 August and concluded with a concert by State Song and Dance Ensemble at Moscow Folklore Culture Centre.