“Cartel Land,” “Wilko Johnson” head to Moscow Film Fest

Matthew Heineman's Cartel Land (pictured) and Julien Temple's The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson are among seven docs in competition at the 37th annual Moscow International Film Festival.
June 16, 2015

Matthew Heineman’s Cartel Land (pictured) and Julien Temple’s The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson are among seven docs in competition at the 37th annual Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF).

The documentary competition will be held for the fifth time and is to feature a jury panel comprised of Golden Apricot director Harutyun Khachatryan and Russian documentarian Aleksei Vakhrushey. Philippa Kowarsky of Tel Aviv-based distributor Cinephil will chair the jury panel for the fest, which kicks off on June 19.

In addition to Heineman’s Cartel Land and Temple’s The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, in-competition titles include Louie Psihoyos’ Racing Extinction, Michael Madsen’s The Visit, Haibin Du’s A Young Patriot, Rodney Ascher’s The Nightmare and Helena Lascari’s Larisa’s Crew.

Meanwhile, docs appearing in the “Free Thought” non-competition category will include a raft of award-winning films.

Curated by director Sergey Miroshnichenko and producer Grigory Libergal, the program includes Laura PoitrasAcademy Award- and BAFTA Award-winning Citizenfour; Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence; Laurent Bécue-Renard’s Of Men and War; Patricio Guzmán‘s El botón de nácar; and Hao Zhou’s Sundance Special Jury Prize winner The Chinese Mayor.

Also featured is Jean-Gabriel Périot‘s Une Jeunesse Allemande (A German Youth); Alexander Nanau’s Toto and His Sisters; Mo-Young Jin’s My Love Don‘t Cross That River; Kim Longinotto’s DreamcatcherAlex Gibney‘s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief; Joaquim Castro, Mariana Aydar and Eduardo Nazarian’s Dominguinhos; and finally, Anna Roussillon’s Je suis le people (I Am the People).

(With files from Barry Walsh)

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