It was a pleasure to see so many of our alumni represented at the Kinotavr Film Festival this year. Yuri Bykov (Open World 2010), who won in last year’s short film competition with his film The Boss, took part in the main competition this year with his first feature-length film To Live. This year’s short film competition included Mom by Ilya Kazankov (Open World 2009) and The Last Day of I.S. Bulkin by Aleksey Andrianov (Open World 2009). Both directors received diplomas and special mentions from the jury.
Mikhail Durnenkov (Open World 2008) and Aleksandr Rodionov (Open World 2008) presented their experimental play Motovilikhinsky Worker at the Golden Mask Festival as part of the “Mask Plus” program earlier this spring along with Winter War, another work by Durnenkov. The festival’s main program included the opera Guidon with music by Alexander Manotsky (Open World 2008), performed by artists from Moscow’s School of Dramatic Arts. Golden Mask’s international program, Russian Case, featured the dance performance Antidote by LIQUID Theater (Moscow-Chelyabinsk), directed by Kseniya Petrenko and Aleksei Zherebtsov (Open World 2009).