The Main Thing

By tradition, The Main Thing program features the biggest hits of the 2014-2015 festival season. Among them are the Cannes-2014 winner, «Winter Sleep» by a Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan; the triumphant participant of last year’s Venice «A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence» by a Swedish philosopher and misanthrope Roy Andersson; and an innovative, full-of-life film by a disgraced Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi «Taxi», the winner of this year’s Berlinale. And even the best movies of the recent Cannes Film Festival, which hasn’t yet been screened in Russia — «The Assassin», «The Treasure», «Mountains May Depart»... However, judging from today, it’s not that obvious what «the main thing» in contemporary cinema is. Maybe these will be less high-profile films, which do not speak for the greatness of their authors so explicitly, but at the same time, those that are much more tightly interwoven into the fabric of modern life. These are such films as «Tales» by an Iranian female director Rakhshan Banietemad. Or such stunning exotic movies as «Haider» — a crazy adaptation of Shakespeare’s «Hamlet» set in modern-day India. Make your choices, dear viewers; whose guess was the best, we’ll learn by the time of about the 25th edition of the Sakhalin Film Festival.

Alexey Medvedev