"There are as many ways of loving as there are hearts". These words spoken by Anna Karenina, Tolstoy’s heroine, might be taken as the common thread that links the films presented in the second edition of Kino, Films from Russia and Beyond. They perfectly illustrate the diversity that is the driving force of the Festival.
This diversity is not only expressed in the different ways of looking at the world, different landscapes, and different aesthetic approaches highlighted in the films; it is also reflected in the opportunities the festival provides for exchanges with this year’s filmmakers, from Russia, Armenia, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldavia and Ukraine.
In the light of the events taking place in the regions explored by Kino, Films from Russia and Beyond, this diversity reminds us how important it is to build bridges where fear has opened up chasms.
A true forum for intercultural dialogue, this edition of the Festival has been conceived as an amazing journey, imbued with a strong sense of humanism, towards countries and experiences that are close to us however far away they might seem.
The Kino's team
The Festival, its origins and its mission
Kino Films from Russia and Beyond arose from the awareness on the part of its founders and artistic director that current film output in post-Soviet countries still remains largely unknown to the European public.
The Festival sets out to show the Swiss public films produced recently in former Soviet countries. The success of the first edition, held in Geneva and Lausanne from 21 to 29 September 2013, made it clear that the event would become a fixture in the cultural calendar.
The Swiss public and cinema professionals can now discover the finest films of the past two years, from a selection produced in Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldavia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan,Turkmenistan and Ukraine.
Although produced in countries that are now independent from one another, the films share a common cinematographic culture.
Kino Films from Russia and Beyond offers film lovers a rich palette of films never before screened in Switzerland: feature-length fiction, documentaries, a retrospective, and a special screening for young audiences.