The Big Three
The festival's new program The Big Three is a small selection of the year's biggest hits on the festival circuit. The sidebar includes three films from the three most important film festivals: Venice, Berlin and Cannes. Their winners define international art cinema.
We are lucky to have with us awardees of the latest Venice in Berlin who will work in the festival's international jury: director Emir Baigazin who won the Orizzonti program's award in Venice for his film The River, and screenwriter Maurizio Braucci, winner of Berlin's Silver Bear for writing Piranhas. Both films will be screened in The Big Three, The River as Russian premiere.
The third film of the Big Three is the recent Cannes Film Festival's winner: Parasite by the cult Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho was selected for international competition and won the Palme d'Or. We are glad that Zerkalo's audience will be the first to see the Cannes winner in Russia.

Andrey Plahov, programming director of the 13th Zerkalo Andrey Tarkovsky Film Festival, curator of International Competition, Tarkovsky Context and The Big Three
Andrei Plahov graduated from Lvov University's program in mathematics and VGIK; PhD in Art History (dissertation subject: "History and myth in Luchino Visconit's work"). Staff writer of Kommersant newspaper. Plakhov has worked for Moscow Film Festival and other festivals in Russia and served as jury member at festivals in San Sebastian, Tokyo, Berlin, Karlovy Vary and Venice. He worked as a secretary of Russian Filmmakers Union's executive committee as well as president of the dispute commission, which rehabilitated over 250 shelved films (1986-1990). President of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Press (2006-2010), now Honorary President. Member of the French Order of Arts and Letters. Winner of Nika and multiple awards from Russian Guild of Film Critics, author of numerous books and articles.

Andrey Plahov
Programming director of Zerkalo