No easy Target

Target. Indifference. Elena. This is not a coded message for secret services, but the titles of films featured at the Russian Film Festival in full swing in London.

­In its fifth year, the festival offers UK audiences the cream of the crop of the latest Russian releases.

Ten award-winning productions – from dramas to documentaries and animation, as well as master classes and QA sessions are on the festival’s menu on display through November 13.

Among the highlights are Andrey Zvyagintsev’s drama Elena, which scooped the Special Jury Prize at the Festival de Cannes earlier this year, and Twilight Portrait, about the conundrum of psychological and sexual relations between a rape victim and her abuser.

On Saturday, a tragic exploration of the nuclear disaster which took place at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine almost a quarter of a century ago will also be screened at the Russian Film Festival.

One of Russia’s leading documentary directors, Vitaly Mansky, will present his Patria o Muerte feature, filmed in Cuba and focusing on people who were born before the revolution.

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