Within the Special Screenings program, the most interesting directors from Russia and all over the world will personally present their films to the Sakhalin audience. The Russian premiere of «The President» by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, a classic of Iranian and world cinema — he presides over the Sakhalin IFF’s jury this year — will, perhaps, be the program’s highlight. This amazing film about the ways of freedom and democracy in the modern world was shot in Georgia with Georgian actors. Makhmalbaf has long been a citizen of the world, and he makes his films everywhere — in London, in Tbilisi, and in Haifa. It would be great if one day he could find a topic for a new film on Sakhalin.