Movie screenings IX SIFFA 2021

We are already preparing a program of film screenings

Music festival "IRIDA"

Maxim Vengerov's address to the participants and guests of the IRIDA Music Festival
Evening with Lyubov Balagova and Musical and Poetic Concert "Courage to Live"
Meeting with People's Artist of Russia Larisa Luzhina
Film screening with musical accompaniment. Film "Circassian"
Film screening accompanied by a symphony orchestra

Video composition for the Chamber Symphony by D. Shostakovich “In memory of the victims of fascism and war” op.110a. Accompanied by the Sochi Symphony Orchestra conducted by maestro Oleg Soldatov.

Music in cinema: principles of interaction between composer, director and producer

The master class is devoted to the principles of interaction between a director, composer and producer and reveals the features of the creative and legal aspects of cooperation in this area, as well as the specifics of the composer’s work in cinema, including the specifics of writing music for the frame.


Conductor and soloist, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation Valery Vorona (violin), People’s Artist of Russia Mikhail Utkin (cello), guest soloist of the Bolshoi Academic Theater and the Rome Opera Sergei Radchenko (tenor). The concert featured works by D. Shostakovich, A. Raskatov, P. Tchaikovsky, A. Piazzolla, E. Capua, L. Denz.


Conductor and soloist, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation Valery Vorona (violin), People’s Artist of Russia Mikhail Utkin (cello), guest soloist of the Bolshoi Academic Theater and the Rome Opera Sergei Radchenko (tenor). The concert featured works by D. Shostakovich, A. Raskatov, P. Tchaikovsky, A. Piazzolla, E. Capua, L. Denz.

Cry Jerusalem
Sateney Quartet
Terek Sonata


February 2021

December 2020

Project "Week of Russian Ethnic Cinema"

Director: Olga Murzina, Alexey Artemiev

Russia, 2019, documentary

The plot is based on stories from the life of the composer Gottfried Hasanov. In the 1920s, he wrote down songs and melodies of the peoples of Dagestan. He wrote the first Dagestan opera “Khochbar”, became the first director of the Dagestan Song and Dance Ensemble. He opened of a music school in Makhachkala.

Director: Elena Demidova

Russia, 2018, documentary

This research documentary is about the life and work of one of the most famous lamas – XII Pandito Hambo Lama – Dasha Dorzho Etigelov. “His Precious Inexhaustible Body” is currently in the Ivolginsky Datsan. Buddhist monks regard him as a living person.

Director: Andrey Malashenko

Russia, 2018, documentary

The Magaev family lives in the village of Tebek. They sew and sell sheepskin hats. Viewers will learn about the difficult fate of this family, their everyday life and the happy birthday of their granddaughter.

Director: Mohy Kandour

Russia-Jordan, 2010, historical fiction

The arrival of Circassian (Adyghe) emigrants from southern Russia (via Ottoman Turkey) to what is later known as Jordan creates conflicts over water rights between local Bedouins and Circassian immigrants. The story is of forbidden love between a Bedouin girl and a young Circassian, which could lead to war and bloodshed. The plot of the film develops within the framework of the Adyghe Khabze tradition (the ethical and philosophical doctrine of the Circassians, a set of unwritten rules and laws), opening the unexplored pages of the culture of the ancient people.

Director: Ruslan Magomadov

Russia, fiction

Humanity can be saved, but does it want to be saved?
A man from Europe arrives in Chechnya. He must find something priceless on which his future depends. Will he be able to achieve his goal without losing something more important?

Director: Ekaterina Chernaya

Russia, 2019, animation

A girl follows her lover to war and even his death cannot separate them. The story of eternal love and fidelity. About the memory of relatives, friends, and loved ones.

Director: Artur Kencheshaov

Russia, 2019, documentary

Together with the participants of an international motor rally, which passed along the route Moscow – Berlin – Torgau, we will visit the monuments obelisks dedicated to Soviet soldiers during the Great Patriotic War on the territory of Belarus, Poland and Germany. Historical places, fateful events, pride and grief, as well as the poems of the film director, written during this journey, make up the documentary project of Arthur Kencheshaov “Roads of Peace and War”2010.

October - november 2020

Main competition

Country: Russia

Director: Vadim Dubrovitsky

Cast: Anna Dubrovskaya, Fedor Lavrov, Vyacheslav Abashin, Veronika Povalyaeva, Elizaveta Zarubina, Yaroslava Bazaeva, Ilariya Grebennikova, Timur Visnyakin, Vasilisa Nestrueva

Alina is a five-year-old girl, whose mother has been stricken by a terrible illness. Alina’s father decides his little daughter should go to his sister in the countryside, to avoid exposing the girl to her mother’s illness. The sister, Irma, Alina’s aunt, has three children, two of them Alina’s age. Living in Aunt Irma’s house proves quite a challenge for Alina. A city child, she finds it hard to adapt to the freedoms and restrictions of countryside life. Even though she does eventually become accepted, her dreams of returning to her family home and seeing her mother get well never go away.

Country: Russia | Azerbaijan

Director: Ksenija Lagutina

Cast: Mariam Ibragimova, Abdukarim Nasirov, Dilya Ulasheva, Asema Karabaeva

Farida, a hard of hearing girl from an Azerbaijani village, arrives in St. Petersburg in search of Murad’s husband. At home, she has a little son. Farida gets two jobs at once – at a gas station and in a fast-food cafe and in parallel is looking for her missing husband. In a series of failures, layoffs and fruitless searches, she unexpectedly notices that she has tender feelings for her workmate at a fast-food cafe.

Country: Kazakhstan

Director: Sharipa Urazbaeva

Cast: Meruert Sabbusinova, Almas Bektibaev, Khamza Koksebek

The film is based on real events, the actress plays herself. The film tells the story of Mariam, the mother of four children. After her husband mysteriously disappears, she has to deal with life’s hardships on her own, forcing her to make life changing decisions and understand herself better.

Documentary Film Competition

Country: Russia

Director: Alexandra Pustynnova

Why do grown men and women love cartoons about ponies? Why do they learn to fight the Jedi and Siths with lightsabers? Why do they make animal costumes and then transform into animals? Why do they replace the real world with a fictional one? This film will tell you about the Russian geek community which reflects – in a clear yet sometimes exaggerated way – new interests, social developments and issues our society faces.

Short Film Competition - Prospectives

Country: Russia

Director: Vladimir Parkhomenko

The film is built on visual images and reflections on age. The main character is a boy in a baby stroller. As he rolls down a hill, the boy begins to grow, and the stroller changes with him, turning into an age-appropriate vehicle. A bicycle appears underneath him when he is presented as a 5-7-year-old, a motorcycle – as 12-17-year-old and so on. The lower down the hill the character finds himself, the faster he ages, the faster his life accelerates, the more serious the obstacles that confront him. Ultimately, the boy, having gone all the way through life, finds himself at an old age above the cliff between life and death. This is a visual metaphor for the different phases of growing up, for the transformation from a boy to a man, and from a man to an old man.

Country: Russia

Director: Veronika Peat

“Tandem” is a film about love and the interconnections between the filmmaker and her ‘non-heroic’ characters. During lockdown an English poet invents a poetry machine, Humbaba that is capable of infusing algorithm poetry with human feelings. His retelling of the stories from the Epic of Gilgamesh echoes the stories of the filmmaker’s mother about a shaman and Putin. As the filmmaker’s son is growing up, he shares his feelings about his first love over the phone and reflects on telepathy.

Country: Russia

Director: Akim Salbiev

Goa is a state in India where composer Anatoly Zubkov lives and feels inspired to create. He holds Russia in his heart. His freedom is the inspiration he feels in Goa.

Country: Russia

Director: Valentin Tyuterev

A sparrow’s odyssey around the underground world.

Country: Russia

Director: Olessya Aleynikova

A talented asocial young violinist is dreaming of simply playing his violin but his domineering parents and his teacher who dreams of fame force him to enter an important competition. Will he acquiesce to his parents or stay true to himself and his dreams no matter what?

The project was funded by a grant from the Russian Cultural Foundation, provided within the framework of the Creative People federal project of the Culture national project