September 15 — IA “News”. The opening ceremony of the XXVII International film festival “Message to Man” was traditionally held in the heart of St. Petersburg — on Palace square.
On the opening “Message to man was declared people’s artist of Russia, the famous film Director and President of the festival Alexey Uchitel and legendary documentary filmmaker Claude Lanzmann.
Alexei Uchitel gave Claude Lanzmann prize for special contribution to the world cinema.
The audience, which, by estimates of the correspondent of the Agency, gathered under the open sky, despite the rainy weather, several hundred, were shown the premiere of a restored version of a film by Dziga Vertov “Man with a movie camera”, received the status of one of the best films of all times and peoples (magazine Sight & Sound, 2012). The show was held under the accompaniment of the symphonic orchestra “Tavrichesky”.
Among the honored guests and participants of the festival — figures feature and documentary films: French writer-Director Frederic Beigbeder (in this year he became the head of the jury), Helena Trestikova, Lina Chaplin, Bertolt Brecht, Debaker and many others.
International film festival “Message to Man” in St. Petersburg will last until September 22. For the competition in 2017 sent more than 7 thousand applications from 85 countries. 73 works have passed the qualifying round and will be shown in three main competition programs — “international competition”, “national competition” and “Competition of experimental short films In Silico”. In addition to the competitions in the festival program 5 3 special programs and retrospectives.