IN CONTRARY TO SANCTIONS
March 29, 2018
Cinema philosopher and the main film critic in Russia Kirill Razlogov - about the establishment of cultural bridges in the times of crisis or about SIFFA -Sochi International Film Festival and Awards.
"A few days ago, in the midst of a scandal involving the expulsion of Russian diplomats from different countries, it was not anywhere but in London, where it all began, a planned presentation of the Sochi International Film Festival (in the accepted Latin abbreviation SIFFA) was organized by the joint efforts of the representatives of the two disintegrated empires - British and Soviet with the active participation of representatives of the Caucasian peoples. As the initiator and president of SIFFA - poetess and my former graduate student Luba Balagova, now living in London, comes from Kabardino-Balkaria, where Alexander Sokurov recently created a successful film school".
During a tough chapter in UK-Russian relations I was pleased to have been able to attend Luba's special evening... Luba , you are a brave and valiant woman to spearhead such a high-profile project in a hostile environment. But those of us who spent the 23rd with you had the privilege of breathing the same air as the legendary Stephen Frears, the American star Nick Nolte and the superb string ensemble (KANDOUR QUARTET).
Luba, this is a crucial time for artists to recover their voice, you are helping to restore the connection between all of us, film makers from all over the world. I applaud the philosophy that underpins what you are doing.
Congratulations on making history, Luba. Thanks to Anatoly Pakhomov, of course! Sochi is the ideal choice for the concept of creating an international film festival designed to restore the face of art to the world through cinema. (…) Russia has always presented to the world the best examples of literature, philosophy, cinema and, in general, culture! And now the new Sochi International Film Awards wrote a new chapter in history with the same concept.
A structured and strict concept of a powerful film festival has been formed, and you managed to prove its feasibility. Congratulations on what you have achieved, Luba. You've got proof of concept under your belt now! I thank Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov for supporting the new important film festival.
A smashing success! Thank you for bringing Moscow and Sochi delegations, for the unexpected Sochi-wood glamour, the feedback from staff members and external guests was unreservedly positive.
Admirable Lubov Balagova-Kandour.
President and Producer of the “IRIDA” First Sochi International Film Awards. Majestic woman and lady of the world. Her motto - nothing is impossible. A woman of words and deeds. Beautiful person and magnificent woman.