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Minsk film festival unveils its 2020 slogan


The 27th edition of the Minsk International Film Festival Listapad will be held in the Belarusian capital city from 6 to 13 November 2020.

This year's slogan is "Magic of Image" which refers to the unique nature of cinema. Thie visual concept is a tribute to the legendary Belarusian film "The City of Masters", BelTA learned from the organizers.

“The slogan ‘Magic of Image' emphasizes that cinema is a magical process. It reveals the world around us in all its completeness, complexity and richness. The image, the skillfully constructed mise-en-scène, the combinations of color and shadows fascinate us, revealing not only the nuances of the plot but also serving as the key to the meanings and ideas of on-screen stories,” the organizers said.

The visual concept of the festival focuses on the main character of Vladimir Bychkov's fairy tale "The City of Masters". This iconic Belarusian film turns 55 this year. Stylized as a colorful medieval ballad, the movie captivated many generations of Belarusians. The brilliant music by Oleg Karavaichuk gave the fairytale an intellectual sensibility, almost impossible in children's cinema. The movie celebrates freedom and patriotism, heroism and will power turning the fairy tale into an instant classic.

For foreign members of the jury and representatives of the media, the directorate will hold Listapad in an online format. Screenings for viewers will be held in the cinemas where social distancing and other safety measures will be ensured. “This year is challenging for the festival and the entire film industry. However, the power of cinematography can serve as a panacea for many hardships today. Despite all the difficulties, life goes on. This is why the format of the festival this year will be different from all the previous ones,” the organizers informed.

The Listapad Festival has been accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) as a competitive festival of films created in the countries of the former socialist camp: the CIS, Central and Southeast Asia, the Baltic countries, Eastern and Central Europe, and Cuba. Listapad is organized by the Center for Visual and Performing Arts "ART Corporation". The founders are the Culture Ministry of the Republic of Belarus, the Minsk City Executive Committee.

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