SPECTRUM

When “Spectrum” appeared for the first time among Moscow Film Festival’s programs, one of the renowned film critics joked nervously it must be a ghost produced by James Bond's subconscious. But no – and the present program makes it especially clear – these are the films that only share one thing, and this thing is  having absolutely nothing in common. The movies selected for this section display various atmospheres and states of mind. Every frame of Swedish parable “The Modern Project” is steeped in elegant absurdist sarcasm. Gentle irony multiplied by refined cinematographic style permeates “The Park” by Damien Manivel, who has just returned from the Cannes Film Festival, where his film screened with a great success in the program “Acid”. Young Belarusian filmmakers, authors of “The Count in Oranges”, might be very tentative when it comes to directing, but they were able to accomplish a much more difficult task: providing their debut work with a great emotional charge, constructing through dialogues and brilliant soundtrack an atmosphere of reckless youth that has no respect for authority. Reality and daring phantasy, a dream and a real life are on a par in witty “A Shanghai Bride”, filmed in Argentina by Mauro Andrizzi. The authors of the Russian “MINDSIGHT” – can you believe it? – go as far as to prohibit the audience to switch off their phones during screening, but this and other burlesque tricks by filmmakers from all over the world go side by side with the tragic, exquisitely shot, pierced with existential aloofness parable “Exile” by very promising Latvian director Davis Simanis. And probably the most important thing is that the majority of these very different, challenging, utterly auteur films have entered the Spectrum as international and world premieres. 
 
Peter Shepotinnik