The 7th Kazan International Muslim Film Festival
More than 300 applications from 40 countries were received for the 7th Kazan International Muslim Film Festival. These are such countries asTurkey,Iran,Egypt,Saudi Arabia,Syria,Great Britain,Italy,Mexico,Greece,India,Spain, theUSA,Russia, andUzbekistan. The films for the festival were selected by the novelist, playwright, filmmaker Salavat Yuzeev, and filmmaker from Italy Ingrid Demetz. Such organizers like program director Ilsaht Latypov, festivals PR director Murad Sekakmia and Executive director of the festival Vladimir Batrakov. Russian cinema historian and film critic, popular blogger LIVEJOURNAL – kinanet – Sergey Kudryavtsev was appointed as the chairman of the selection committee.
Turkish film “Zephyr” (director Belma Bash, cameraman Mehmet Zengin) won “The best film photography” award. Sibel Kekilli, who played the leading part in German film “When we leave” (directed by Feo Aladag), won “The best actress in the leading part” award. As many people thought Islamophobic film won the Special prize of Russian film critics’ guild. Denis Rodimin (Russia) for the film “Alien Mother” was recognized as the best filmmaker. The Chinese film “My spectacular Theatre” (directed by Lou Young) won the Grand Prix of the festival. The best animated film was “The bridge” (Russia, directed by Dina Velikovskaya). Special Prize of the President of theRepublicofTatarstan“For the humanism in the cinematography” was awarded to the film “Tehran,Tehran” directed by Dariush Mehrjui (Iran).