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The certificate delivery ceremony has taken place!

Today the Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Aleksandr Zasypkin delivered the certificates at the special ceremony in the Russian Cultural Centre. Now it's safe to say that the festival of Russian cinema is officially over! See you in 2017!

 

 

 

Mass media about the festival: Novaya Gazeta

 

A great article from “Novaya Gazeta” by a talented Larisa Malyukova. «In the film by Maria Ivanova, the organizer of the festival. and Nikolay Viktorov (“Fleeing the War”) destinies of Syrian refugees are shown. A young artist who managed to reach Berlin. A teenager, who has reached the desired place “without war”, a broken piece of a family. A single mother with three kids, who has reached Moscow and now feels alien to “dear Moscovites”. An active Hasan, who lives in a refugee camp with his two wives and about 17 children. He tries to count them and the audience is laughing at this moment. The children continue to be born in this big family even in the camp. I asked Maria Ivanova, what surprised her during the preparation of the festival. “The most surprising thing was the professionalism of the Lebanese team. Everybody was exact and responsible. No eastern uncertainty. You can rely on these people”. The film the Lebanese liked the most was an animation by Bronzit “We Can Not Live without Cosmos”. At the beginning everybody laughed, then – complete silence and finally – tears. The audience is very emotional here. You feel the contact with the real right away…” Read more

Mass media about the festival: Rossiyskaya Gazeta

 

Российская Газета: "At the opening there was everything you normally have at the festival: the red carpet, flashlights,champagne and social conversations. It looked like the whole Russian-speaking Beirut was there. And surely people, who remember our cinema. In the lounge I met Lebanese businessman Mark Mitro. He was simply glowing..." Read more

 

Mass media about the festival: RIA News

 

RIA News: "The main marker of success of a festival is the amount of viewers, who come to see films" - said the CEO of the "5 Years in 5 Days" festival, director and producer Maria Ivanova at the closing ceremony. On 25 October the halls couldn't fit all the people, who wanted to watch Anna Melikyan's “About Love” and  Nikolay Lebedev's "The Crew", so people had to watch the movies on their feet. RIA

 

The festival has wrapped-up! 

 

Yesterday, on October 28, in the Lebanese capital Beirut, the First Russian Film Festival '5 years in 5 days' wrapped up. Twelve films have been presented in the framework of the program, among them fiction features and shorts, documentaries, and animation films. Over 5000 people came to the festival! Hurray!

 

 

Russian journalists and the city of craftsmen

 

Russian journaliists have also visited Jezzine, a city of craftsmen, who strive to preserve ancient crafts (metal and bone handicrafts, weapons, mosaic). In the 15th century, the Kenaan palace was built there, and exists even now, having become this aristocratic Christian family’s mansion. Also, the waterfall of Jezzine (90 meters) is located here, and there is the shrine called ‘Our Lady of the Waterfall

Photos from the trip: Facebook

 

Documentary day at the festival

 

On 27 October the Russian film festival in Lebanon screened “We Love Gaza. Free-running through rubble in the Gaza Strip” and “Her War: Women Vs. ISIS” from RT Arabic. There also was a Q&A session, where all the viewers could ask questions to the author and director of “Her War: Women Vs. ISIS” Anastasia Trofimova. Documentary about Syrian refugees "Fleeing the War" also premiered on that day. The main heroes of the film were among the audience.

 

 

Russian journalists and the Roman temples

 

Today Russian journalists have visited an ancient Lebanese town of Baalbek and the Beqaa valley. Baalbek is the historical, cultural and religious jewel of Lebanon. You can find ancient ruins of such Roman temples as the Temple of Jupiter, the Temple of Mercury, the Circular Temple of Venus and other cult and social buildings of the Roman rule. Baalbek is the nearest town to Syria. The most notable treasure of Baalbek is the terrace, where the Temple of Jupiter is situated. It's based on the three giant stones (trilithon), which weigh about 800-1000 tons. These stones are considered sacred. They are situated 7 meters high above the ground. So far scientists haven't found out how these stones were put up so high. In a way this monument is even greater than the Great Pyramid of Giza. Baalbek has always attracted artistic souls. No wonder Gustave Flaubert, Ivan Bunin and many others visited this place.

Photos from the trip: Facebook

 

Russian journalists and the landmarks of Tyre and Sidon

 

Group of Russian journalists covering the festival visited Lebanese cities Tyre and Sidon. We visited the ancient necropolis, ancient Roman chariot racing stadium, harbor, city market, soap museum, St. Nicholas Church built in the 8th century and a naval fortress, which was built during the Crusades.

Photos from the trip: Facebook

 

The Opening of  “5 Years in 5 Days”

 

The First Russian Film Festival in Lebanon “5 Years in 5 Days” has opened in Beirut. More than 600 people came to the opening ceremony, which ended with the screening of “Ice-breaker”. Two halls of the main cinema multiplex of Beirut Beirut Souks Cinemacity were full with people. Minister for Culture of Lebanon Raymond Oreiji, Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Aleksandr Zasypkin, Dr. Amal Abou Zaid, Director of Russian Cultural Center Ayrat Akhmetov, CEO of the Russian Film Festival in Lebanon Maria Ivanova and CEO of Techno Cars Hikmat Abou Zeid spoke at the grand opening ceremony. They are all sure that the festival has come to Lebanon to stay for a long time. 

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Press-conference of the First festival of Russian films in Lebanon took place on October 18 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

Deputy Director of the Middle East Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry Andrey Leonidovich Panov, special presidential representative for international cultural cooperation relationship Mikhail Shvydkoy, Lebanese ambassador to Russia Shawki Bou Nassar, director of Russian cultural center Ayrat Akhmetov, CEO of the Russian Film Festival in Lebanon Maria Ivanova, and film director Alexander Kott (“Test”) spoke at the press-conference. They told the journalists about the cooperation between the two countries in the field of culture, Russian and Lebanese film industries and plans for future events. 

The festival will take place 24-28 October in Beirut.

Press-conference of the first Russian Film Festival in Lebanon took place on the 11th of October in Beirut

 

Press-conference of the first Russian Film Festival in Lebanon took place today. Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Aleksandr Zasypkin, Minister of Tourism in Lebanon Michel Pharaon, Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants for Lebanese Russian relations Amal Abou Zaid, Representative of the Ministry of Culture Nasri Brax, Director of the Russian Cultural Center in Lebanon Ayrat Akhmetov and CEO of the Russian Film Festival in Lebanon Maria Ivanova participated in the press-conference.

Press-conference of the first Russian Film Festival in Lebanon takes place in Moscow

 

Press-conference of the first Russian Film Festival in Lebanon “5 years in 5 days” takes place on 18 October at 10 a.m. in the Russian Foreign Ministry Building. The festival itself takes place in the capital of Lebanon Beirut 24-28 October. Special presidential representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov, special presidential representative for international cultural cooperation relationship Mikhail Shvydkoy, Lebanese ambassador to Russia Shawki Bou Nassar, advisor to the minister of foreign affairs for Lebanese Russian relations Amal Abou Zaid, director of Russian cultural center Ayrat Akhmetov, CEO of the Russian Film Festival in Lebanon Maria Ivanova, film director Anna Melikyan (“About Love”) and film director Alexander Kott (“Test”) will participate in the press-conference.

Accreditation for the press-conference is necessary. You can leave an application at lenaslatina@yandex.ru.  

You can also reach the festival’s head of press Elena Slatina at tel. +7 925 502 3525