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Los Angeles, April 3-10, 2005
The 3rd annual Festival “Russian Nights” came to pass in Los Angeles from April 3 to 10, 2005. It is obvious that the organizers of the Festival had succeeded not only in drawing an audience, but kept on its attention, and turned the event into tradition. It is widely proved by successful rounding up of the 3rd Festival  and traditionally planned for  next year April the 4th one.   Starting with 2003 The Festival had settled in  Hollywood’s unique and one of the most beautiful  architectural complex  The Pacific Design Center (PDC), which  possesses not only  cinema hall but also   concert  scene and  exhibition place. Such arrangement is optimal to serve the organizers’ main purpose - promotion of wider acquaintance of American  public  with newest  works of Russian  cinema, music, theatre ,literature and arts.



Opening ceremonies took place on April 3 at the Silver Screen Theatre (PDC) The guests were greeted by Director of the Festival Anna Isaieva and Representative of West Hollywood Herman Molina



The Festival kicked off to a packed and enthusiastic audience with   The Tuner - latest film by modern classic Kira Muratova. This was followed in the cinema festival program by  The Return by Andrei Zvyagintsev, The Goddes: how I fell in love by Renata Litvinova, Harvest Time – a  fiction movie debut of young Russian documentalist  Marina Razbezhkina, Tairov’s Death by Boris Blank, A Driver For Vera by Pavel Chukhraj, Our Own  by Dmitry Meskhiev,  Taurus by Alexander Sokurov, Father by Vladimir Mashkov.  The films were introduced by Russian movie stars Mikhail Kozakov, Bohdan Stupka, Vladimir Mashkov.


Two jubilees of Russian cinematography of 2005 – the 85th anniversary of Mikhail Shveitzer  and the 100 the anniversary of Grigory Kozintsev  were marked by the Festival screenings of  ROLL ON ,TIME!  and King Lear.



Russian musicians   feasted the audience with  several  interesting concerts  - LA Philharmonic Orchestra under the world  famous conductor   Juri Temirkanov, Borodin Quartet, legendary and ever young  rock-band “ Flowers”.  Top Russian jazzmen Georgy Garanian and Alexei Zubov   appeared in PDC and  then  took part in jam-session with  American colleagues at the  famous La Ve Lee Jazz Club. Balalaika soloist Alexei Arkhipovski  and  Formula Ethno  group  concerts became  real stunned  the audience with their interpretation of  Russian folklore. 



In Art Hall of PDC “Art Constitution: The First Illustrated Constitution of Russia” - the project  of Ivan Kolesnikov, Sergei Denisov & Petr Vois supported by Moscow Museum of Modern Art, S.Art Gallery & the Kolodzei Art Foundation, Inc. attracted  the lovers of fine arts. About 30 different illustrations – each an artistic interpretation  of some of 137 Articles of the first post-Soviet Constitution of 1993  were  presented. 


Poetry and Theatre

The well known theatre and film actor Mikhail Kazakov  and  Anastasia Modestova, the singer presented poetical-musical interpretation of David Samoilov’s poetry “I was dreaming…” dedicated  to the 60th  anniversary of Victory in the II World War. Mikhail Kazakov and Evgeny Reyn  the other night commemorated  the 65th  anniversary  of  the legendary Russian poet Iosif  Brodski.     

Alexander Filippenko, popular  Russian actor suggested the audience of  Silver Screen  Theatre temperamental and humoristic staging of “ Five  stories from Zoschenko to Akunin”. 

Nami Mikoyan, daughter-in-law of famous Soviet political leader Anastas Mikoyan, represented  her book “ With my own eyes” . Being herself a witness of different life events of Stalin, Khrushchov, Brezhnev, knowing personally  many classics of world  musical culture such as  Shostakovich, Khachaturyan, Sviridov, she related her impressions in the presented book. 


Tower Award

Russian  Nights Festival closing ceremony featured awards of recognition and achievement. This year, the traditional awards, depicting the famous Tatlin Tower, were handed to actresses  Shirley McLain and  Mila Jovovitch, actor Eric Roberts, film director Oliver Stone  and producer Peter Hoffman


The “Russian Nights” Festival had taken place overseas already for the 4th time – three times in Los Angeles   and one in New York. From now on, according to Stas Namin, the organizers plan to widen the Festival geography.  Next spring “ The Russian Nights” will return to Los Angeles, waited there impatiently by the faithful audience and  then move  to San Francisco.