The message reads, in part:
“Your festival has long since earned a deserved reputation as one of the most memorable and influential creative forums and major events in the cultural life of Russia and other countries. You bring famous names and the flower of Russia’s film industry to Sochi. The festival is always aiming high and offers us high-quality films of deep insight, consolidates the professional community, and strengthens humanitarian ties. Of course, the festival is also a real celebration for everyone living in our southern capital.
I am sure that this year’s Kinotavr will be no exception, will delight participants and viewers with a full and diverse programme, and will help to develop Russia’s film industry and bring Russian films to screens around the world.”
The XXVI Kinotavr Open Russian Film Festival is taking place in Sochi on June 7–14, 2015.