In a week and a half, during the festival organized by the Russian Centre in Brussels, together with the embassies of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, 6 films about the Great Patriotic War were showed.
Speaking to the visitors, the head of the RCSC Vera Bunina reminded about the films that were chosen to participate in the film festival. These are both the famous classics of the Soviet years, for example, “Cranes are Flying” with young Alexei Batalov, as well as contemporary movies, such as “In August of 44th” and “The White Tiger”. In addition, an exhibition of posters from different countries of the Second World War time was open at the RCSC these days, which allowed the visitors to plunge deeper into the atmosphere of those years.
In his speech, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Mikhnevich said that the festival was a success. A lot of people came to watch the Russian-Belarusian cinema about the war, many of whom do not speak Russian. And after the movies they asked questions, the answers to which seem simple for Russians and Belorussians, but not so simple for Europeans. And now, at a time when attempts to rewrite history are not uncommon, according to the ambassador, it is very important that everyone can see these films.
The Minister-Counsellor of the Russian Embassy in Belgium Dmitry Borodin spoke about the film that closed the festival - Karen Shakhnazarov’s “The White Tiger”. This is a warning film about the dangers of war, about its ghost, which cannot be completely destroyed.