THE FIRST FILMS OF THE 43 RD MOSCOW FILM FESTIVAL COMPETITION PROGRAM BECAME KNOWN

BLUTSAUGER
BLOODSUCKERS – A MARXIST VAMPIRE COMEDY
Director: Julian Radlmaier
Germany
2021, 125’
A penniless Soviet refugee dreams of making a career in Hollywood at the end of the 1920s. However, on the way there, he falls in love with a young and wealthy female vampire who is spending the summer on the Baltic coast with her clumsy assistant – with unforeseen consequences. 
Julian Radlmaier born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1984, he studied film and history of art in Berlin and Paris before taking a degree in directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). He has worked as an assistant for Werner Schroeter and translated and published a series of film criticism texts by French philosopher Jacques Rancière. His DFFB graduation film, «Selbstkritik eines bürgerlichen Hundes», was selected for the 2017 Perspektive Deutsches Kino and went on to screen and win several awards at festivals around the world.
ARRI Media International
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HUĀNGYĚ KĀFĒI GUǍN
CAFÉ BY THE HIGHWAY
Director: Xiaofan Shi
China
2021, 108’
Three years ago, a girl named Yuanfang Han left home because of her father's slap in the face. She found a job as a barista in Shanghai. Three years later, heartbroken, she returns to her hometown Baima and becomes a highway toll station collector. But the monotonous life in her hometown contrasts with Yuanfang's desire for adventure. Yuanfang begins to miss the good old days when she made coffee in the city. One day, she and her colleague Da Li find an abandoned space capsule by the highway. They make coffee in the wild space capsule, dreaming of life in a big city in the distance.
Xiaofan Shi worked as an exclusive photographer and short film director for luxury fashion clients such as Vogue, Dior and Louis Vuitton. He has directed numerous TV commercials and personal video art pieces for museums and galleries. His photography work is part of the collection at Beijing UCCA, European House of Photography and various museums in the United States and France. His first French short film «A Parisian Movie» released in 2011 receives high praises from audience. «Café by the Highway» is his feature film debut.
 
CORAZÓN AZUL
BLUE HEART
Director: Miguel Coyula
Cuba
2021, 104’
In an alternate reality, Fidel Castro uses genetic engineering to build the new man and thus save utopia. The experiment fails as these beings are highly intelligent but also cruel and uncontrollable. Rejected by their own creators, a group organizes a series of terrorist actions, and chaos reigns on the island. Elena, one of its members traces the origin of her genes and begins a journey to try to discover her humanity.
Miguel Coyula was born in Havana, in 1977. Made his first short at age 17 with an old VHS camcorder. This short granted him admission at the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (EICTV). In 2001, he was given a scholarship to the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York, where Coyula made his first feature «Red Cockroaches» (2003) for less than $2000 over a two year period, which has won 20 awards at International film festivals. His filmography includes «Memorias del desarrollo» (2010) which gathered 20 awards and was chosen as the Best Cuban Film of the year by the International Film Guide. In 2013 his sci-fi novel «Mar Rojo, Mal Azul» was published by La Pereza Ediciones.
Habanero
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THE SON
PESAR
Director: Noushin Meraji
Iran
2021, 85’
Forty-year-old Farid lives with his mother. He is very vulnerable and escapes loneliness, but in the meantime tries to prove himself independent and supportive of his mother. However, her sudden death makes Farid frustrated. To escape from this unfamiliar situation, he clings to anyone he encounters outside home to make this loneliness bearable, but he does not know how to communicate and the situation gets worse each time.  
Noushin Meraji born in 1980 in Tonekabon, Iran. He took a filmmaking course at Iranian Youth Cinema Association. She started making short films in 2004, some shown and awarded in national and international film festivals. «The Son» is her first feature film. 
Persia Film Distribution
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GLI INDIFFERENTI
THE TIME OF INDIFFERENCE
Director: Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli
Italy
2020, 86’

Rome, present day. While the aftermath of a recent earthquake in central Italy carries a general feeling of dread, things are looking even worse for Mariagrazia her children, Michele and Carla, who have been experiencing financial distress for a long time. Mariagrazia’s lover, the manager Leo, has been loaning her money for the past three years, allowing her to repay some debts and to maintain her comfortable lifestyle. Michele and his girlfriend Lisa back from a trip abroad, sense that something is wrong with Leo’s apparent generosity, and uncover his longthought- out scheme to take possession of the family penthouse. However, Mariagrazia is blinded by love and simply refuses to listen. Meanwhile, Carla, who has just come of age and is subjected to Leo’s morbid attentions, decides to shake the family from their long-standing indifference.

Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli born in Rome. He began his artistic career as a musician, alternating from the very beginning musical and film studies. Before committing himself to directing, he completed his musical studies with a summa cum laude in Film Scoring at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and shot his first short film «Carne e Cielo» (2006). In 2014 he made his feature debut «Last Summer». In 2018 his second feature «Likemeback» took its premiere at Locarno Film Festival. «The Time of Indifference» is his third feature film.
 
POSLEDNYAYA «MILAYA BOLGARIYA»
LAST «DEAR BULGARIA»
Director: Aleksey Fedorchenko
Russia
2021, 98’
1943. Alma-Ata. The hero of the film – a young fruit grower, revives a medicinal variety of apples and investigates a strange crime. The script is based on the book by Mikhail Zoshchenko "Before Sunrise".
Aleksey Fedorchenko was born in 1966 in Sol-Iletsk, in the Orenburg region of Siberia. After engineering studies, he worked on space defense projects in a factory in Sverdlovsk (Ekaterinburg). In 1990, he became official economist then deputy director of the Sverdlovsk State Studio. Since 2000, he has managed the studio’s production department, and participated in the production of over 80 films. Graduated in screenwriting from VGIK. Since 2004 Alexey Fedorchenko is an co-owner, film director and general producer of the "29 February Film Company». His filmography includes award winning feature films «First on the Moon» (2005), «The Railway» (2007), «Silent Souls» (2009), «Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari» (2012), «Angels of Revolution» (2014), «Anna's War» (2017).
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