Asia Pacific film festival Pacific Meridian opens in Vladivostok

The Tenth Pacific Meridian International Film Festival of the Asia Pacific region has opened at the Ocean Cinema and Concert Hall in the Vladivostok center.

Festival President, actor Sergei Stepanchenko welcomed guests at the entrance.

Daryl Hannah, Alexander Oleshko, Natalia Varley, Lev Prygunov, Sergei Loznitsa, Artemy Troitsky, Tatiana Abramova, Kirill Razlogov, Marina Yakovleva, Otar Ioseliani and other cinematographic personalities from South Korea, the United States, Hong Kong, France, Japan and some other countries made their appearance at the festival.

Primorye Governor Vladimir Miklushevsky with his spouse, and the ex-Primorye Governor's wife, actress Larisa Belobrova are festival guests.

Rezo Gigineishvili film, "Love with an Accent", opened the festival program.

In all, more than 1,000 films from 81 countries were presented for consideration of the festival jury. Viewers will see over 200 films, and ten feature films and ten short features will compete for festival prizes.

Cannes Film Festival Deputy General Delegate Christian Jeune will chair the international jury. Russian members of the jury are documentary film director Sergei Loznitsa and director Alexei Fedorchenko.

The NetPac international organization promoting Asian films will present its award at the Pacific Meridian Festival for the first time ever.

The Films of Russia program comprises eleven films, the best works of Russian cinematographers for the past year. The "Panorama. The Best" section includes eight films - laureates of international film festivals, among them films from Asia Pacific countries.

The festival's focus is modern North Korean films. The festival also presents ten films from Hong Kong. The "Friends" program features films from Asian festivals. The traditional program, "In Brief", presents short features from various countries. There will be experimental films, as well, and a cartoon program, "Children+Parents." The new program, "Men + Women", features five films about love and relationship.

The "Documentary" program presents ten films about World Ocean problems and people of interesting professions. The "Trail" program presents five films using new filming strategies.

The festival will have the "School" program - the screening of acclaimed films, lectures, seminars and master clashes. There will be painting and photo exhibitions, art performances and video installations, as well.

The Festival will open its first festival village on the embankment of the Vladivostok Sportivnaya Harbor. There will be concert and dance floors, an open-air cinema and tents to house exhibitions, meetings and debates. The White Swan film by Robert Crombie and Sofya Skya will end the festival.

Vladivostok has been holding the Pacific Meridian International Film Festival since 2002.

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