International Film Festival to open in Russia

MOSCOW, September 7 (RIA Novosti) - The 14th International Open Film Festival of the CIS and Baltics will be held in Anapa on the Russian Black Sea coast from September 11 through 22, the chief of the Russian government staff and head of the festival's organizing committee said Wednesday.

Sergei Naryshkin said the festival, which was first held in 1992, has become a "good old tradition".

"It is a very efficient tool to support and develop the common spiritual and cultural bonds of the CIS and Baltic states," he said.

President of the Film Festival Viktor Merezhko said all CIS and Baltic states would be represented at the festival, which would include five programs.

Merezhko stressed the significance of the event for "maintaining humanitarian, spiritual and, first of all, cinematographic ties between CIS countries.

"Given that Europe is uniting, we do not have the right to separate," Merezhko said.

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