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Russian Film Festival 2012

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Till Night Do We Part

The London Russian Film Festival takes place every year in London. Run by the cultural Academia Rossica organisation, it introduces Russian films to a British audience.

European cinema usually brings connotations of socio-political films created to prompt serious thought and debate, with little entertainment value (and after taking a film studies degree, it has done little to change my mind). The Russian Film Festival, however, has a much wider range. Since 2007, the festival has been showing documentaries, comedies, animation, and feature films, many of which have special showings for children.

This year's event starts on the 2nd November. Tickets to this opening night are 50, and begin with a drinks reception, followed by Till Night Do Us Part, a satirical comedy based on real overheard conversations at a restaurant in Moscow. The film is a Grand Prix award nominee and, like all the other films, will be shown in Russian with English subtitles. The film will be accompanied by a Q&A with the director, Boris Khlebnikov, after which, you will be invited to an evening party.

The main venue will be the Apollo Piccadilly, but films will also be shown at the Institute of Contemprorary Art, Aubin cinema, and special showings will be held at Cambridge and Edinburgh University

The festival lasts until the 11th November, and you can see a full listing of films here.
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Why? Get a taste of foreign films
When: 2nd-11th Nov
Phone: 0207 287 2614
Where: Apollo Piccadilly, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Aubin Cinema, Cambridge University, Edinburgh University
Cost: Opening Night 50
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