8 1/2 FILMS

 
“Eight And a Half Films” is one of the oldest and most popular programs of the Moscow Film Festival. For the first time it appeared in 1999. 
 
Over the years it offered Russian premiers of works by such outstanding masters of cinema as Bernardo Bertolucci, Chen Kaige, Tsai Ming-liang, Bruno Dumont, Leos Carax, Spike Jonze, Nagisa Oshima, Todd Haynes, Andrzej Wajda, Lukas Moodysson, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Alexandr Sokurov, Denys Arcand, Abdelatif Kechiche, Ruben Östlund, Robert Altman, Mike Figgis, Lucian Pintilie, Marina Abramovich, Matthew Barney, Larry Clark, Richard Prince, Sam Taylor-Wood, Gaspar Noé, Peter Greenaway, Samira Makhmalbaf, Claude Lelouch, Olivier Assayas, Wim Wenders, Jia Zhangke, Alex van Warmerdam, Julien Temple, Youssef Chahine, Jean-Luc Godard, Amos Gitai, Michael Moore, Philippe Garrel, Guy Maddin, Jonathan Caouette, Jacques Audiard, Mike Leigh, Kira Muratova, Gus Van Sant, Lone Scherfig, Shohei Imamura, Ken Loach, Xavier Beauvois, Paolo Sorrentino, Danis Tanovi?, Idrissa Ouédraogo, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mira Nair, Sean Penn, Jacques Perrin, Maren Ade, Cristi Puiu, Álex de la Iglesia.
 
Among those who presented their own works screened in the program “Eight And a Half Films” were Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Michael Glawogger, Robert Guédiguian, Ulrich Seidl, Amos Kollek and Anna Thompson, Claire Denis, Mikhail Aldashin, Vassily Sigarev, Vladimir Khotinenko, Artur Aristakisian, István Szabó, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and other actors and directors. The unique author and curator of the program is the film critic, director, MIFF Head of communication Pyotr Shepotinnik.