Alex Gibney’s The Armstrong Lie and Thomas Balmès’ Happiness are among the eight documentaries in competition at the Moscow International Film Festival, which kicks off on June 20.
The documentary competition was reinstated to the festival in 2011, and this year’s edition sees the jury chaired by British director Sean McAllister (The Liberace of Baghdad). The top doc will claim a silver statuette of Saint George, and US$5,000 from Ostrov Studio and the television program Watching & Discussing, which airs on Kultura Channel.
The full list of docs in competition at this year’s festival is:
dir. Zeina Daccache, 80 minutes, Lebanon, 2013
L’experience Blocher / The Blocher Experience
dir. Jean-Stéphane Bron, 100 minutes, Switzerland, France, 2013
dir. Jan P. Matuszynski, 86 minutes, Poland, 2013
dir. Shosh Shlam, Hilla Medalia, 74 minutes, Israel, USA, 2013
The Green Prince
dir. Nadav Schirman, 99 minutes, Germany, Israel, UK, 2014
The Armstrong Lie
dir. Alex Gibney, 124 minutes, USA, 2013
dir. Svetlana Strelnikova, 63 minutes, Russia, 2014
dir. Thomas Balmès, 80 minutes, France, Finland, 2013
Documentaries appearing at the festival in the non-competition program, entitled “Free Thought,” include: Godfrey Reggio’s The Visitors; a restored version of Robert Flaherty’s Moana of the South Seas; the late Michael Glawogger’s Workingman’s Death as well as the Wim Wenders-exec produced Cathedrals of Culture which features a contribution from Glawogger and various other filmmakers including Wenders, Robert Redford and Michael Madsen; Morgan Neville’s Oscar-winning Twenty Feet From Stardom; Errol Morris’ The Unknown Known; Michael Obert’s Songs from the Forest; Marshall Curry’s Tribeca Film Fest award-winning Point and Shoot; Teodora Ana Mihai’s Waiting for August; Tracy Droz Tragos & Andrew Droz Palermo’s Rich Hill; Gabe Polsky’s acclaimed Red Army; Vitaly Mansky’s The Book; Emil Langballe’s Beach Boy; Aneta Kopacz’s Joanna; and Marina Quintanilha’s Borscht: A Russian Recipe.
“All of them are analyzing lies, the shaky swamp of falsehood,” said program curators Sergey Miroshnichenko and Grigory Libergal, regarding the directors of the competition and general doc program films, in a statement. “And we believe that after seeing this program our audience will think again about what kind of society we should build together on this planet. It is important to defend truth and freedom and to fight lies and the lack of freedom.”