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The program of the 8th SIFF ‘On the Edge’ has been released

The program of the 8th SIFF ‘On the Edge’ has been released August 21, 2018

           The program of the 8th SIFF ‘On the Edge’ has been released: the opening film has been announced as well as new and traditional programs of the Festival. The schedule of the screenings has been published. The Information Tent is now open.

The program of the 8th Sakhalin International Film Festival ‘On the Edge’ is now complete. This year it consists of over 120 films which makes it the most extensive program in the Festival’s history. There is the competition, the blocks that the islanders are already familiar with - ‘The Main Thing’, ‘How To Learn Watching Movies?’, ‘The Mark of Sakhalin’ (extended version of the last year’s program of Sakhalin filmmakers) and ‘Neighbors/Friends’.

“The ‘Neighbors/Friends’ program consists of the movies produced in Asian countries (China, South Korea, Japan etc.), and among them are the films by old friends of the Sakhalin Festival (Night God by Adilkhan Yerzhanov, Pig by Mani Haghighi). Although every year our festival is getting less focused on Asia and we do not think that Chinese or Japanese films must be part of the competition, we are still watching this region closely. This year we will feature Taxi Driver - one of the highest-grossing Korean films in history. Also we will show a true Chinese blockbuster - Operation Red Sea by the Hong Kong director Dante Lam. Surprisingly, in Russia nobody purchased this film and it was never screened, while its box office reached nearly 600 million dollars, competing with that of Titanic.”

Alexei Medvedev, Program Director of SIFF ‘On the Edge’

This / Never / Happened is this year’s name for the traditional documentary program of On the Edge Festival. This time it is devoted to investigation films, revelation films and discovery films where we witness how hidden past is transformed into real present. Among the brand new hit movies, participants and winners of Sundance, Berlinale, Sheffield Doc and other festivals, a special place is given to The emperor's naked army marches on (1987) by the Japanese director Kazuo Hara. He will present the film in person, and this is a rare opportunity to discuss the story behind the film and the sources of the genre in general with this classic Japanese filmmaker.

The animation program consists of five parts: Asian Animation for Adults, O!PLA Festival - Polish Animation, well-loved Miyazaki and Others, and, last but not least, a Russian animation program - “Between The Lines” (for adults) and “About Our Cosmonauts!” (for kids).

This year the Festival features a number of brand new programs. One of the most interesting among them is the Films by Jury Members program consisting of 6 movies. Each jury member will present their work to the audience in person. Tahmineh Milani, the president of the jury from Iran, will show her film Two Women (1999), director Alexei Popogrebsky - the movie How I Ended This Summer (2010, two Berlinale Silver Bears), director Aleksey German Jr. will present the film Dovlatov (2018, Berlinale Silver Bear), actress Maria Shukshina - film Bury Me Behind the Baseboard by Sergei Snezhkin (2008, two Nika awards to Svetlana Kryuchkova and Maria Shukshina), and Korean scriptwriter Jungmi Oh - the movie Burning by Chang-dong Lee (2018, FIPRESCI award in Cannes) and Mr Cowper (2015) that she directed.

Also the Festival for the first time features a retrospective of classic films: this year is the 100th anniversary of Ingmar Bergman, and the audience will be able to enjoy seven masterpieces of this great Swedish director, as well as a documentary biopic Bergman by Jane Magnusson.

For the first time there will be a section of sport films - ‘Football and Beyond’. In the open air, on the square, the islanders will be able to see such hit movies as The Coach by Danila Kozlovskiy and this year’s Oscar nominee I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie.

The Opening Film will be Guilty by Danish director Gustav Möller that received audience awards at Sundance and Rotterdam film festivals. 

“We are opening the Festival with this year’s sensation - Danish movie called Guilty. This is a breathtaking thriller shot in one location with one character, a policeman who tries to prevent a crime talking on the phone. With a very small budget, its creators managed to achieve the level of suspense, intrigue and interest comparable to that of the best works by Hitchcock. Although it is a genre movie, it is made according to the principles of Greek tragedy and deserves to be put alongside so called independent films. Why do we show this film at the opening? Before setting off to the worlds of independent filmmakers that can be difficult and may seem strange to the audience, we would like to remind that cinema is a delight. And in terms of viewers’ delight, Guilty is by far the most impressive film of the year.”

Alexei Medvedev, Program Director of SIFF ‘On the Edge’


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