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The Film Festival of the European Union Countries opens in Moscow on Monday
It will last till April 27. Thirty-nine films from 23 European Union countries will be shown. The head of the press service of the European Commission's office in Moscow Sean Carroll believes that cultural cooperation is very important both for Russia and for the EU. According to him, at the coming summit of the European Union and Russia in Moscow on May 10 the sides will discuss the formation of four common spaces, including a cultural space, which is very important for our cooperation. Cooperation in the sphere of culture leads to mutual understanding between our peoples, and this Festival is an illustration of the expansion of such a dialogue, he said. This is already the seventh festival in Russia. During these years it has won its spectators and its own place on the cultural map of Russia, Carroll believes. He added that this time the festival organizers had decided to deviate from the traditions and to show documentaries, not feature films, to the Russians. The spectators will be able to feel the taste of Europe -bright, saturated, sometimes maybe bitter but always real, the press service head underscored. The festival's motto is diversity and quality. The program includes the films by both well-known and young directors, At the opening of the festival, the film from Luxembourg, as a country holding a rotating chair of the EU, will be shown. This film is dedicated to the famous photographer of the 20th century, Edward Steichen whose exhibition, "The Family of People," was visited by over nine million people. Edward Steichen photographed famous people of the last century: Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and others. There are also films in the festival program which have to do with Russia. Austria, for example, will show a documentary, "On the Seven Seas." It is a story about the Kiev aircraft carrier, the biggest Soviet ship at the time of the Cold War. The heroes of the film are those who are closely connected with the history of the legendary aircraft carrier. Another film, from Belgium, is about the life and the creative activity of famous Soviet photographer Yevgeny Khaldei. It is he who shot "The Seizure of Reichstag" a still from which has become a symbol of the end of the Second World War. Yevgeny Khaldei, as a photographer, was present at the Potsdam conference and at the Nuremberg Trials, and photographed the whole trial over fascist criminals. He also took well-known photographs of Joseph Stalin. The authors of the film, "Yevgeny Khaldei, a Photographer in Stalin's Time." visited his Moscow flat where they heard his story about his life
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