Argentina to Israel, Azerbaijan to Germany and France, the Balkans to Scandinavia: an incomplete geographical scope of films selected for Zerkalo's competition. Cultural diversity is an essential part of the festival's conceptual approach, which aims to represent the contemporary art cinema's richness. We are focused primarily on works by young directors in search of their individual language and signature style. In a world where commercial cinema dominates, authorship finds new ways to express itself, transforms and morphs but lives on. In many cases we find a continuity between the pursuits of today's filmmakers and Andrey Tarkovsky's cinematic tradition.
Genres of competition films vary from a surrealist tragicomedy to a contemporary form of cinéma vérité. This edition features a higher share of works by female directors than usual: not just to follow a trend but to reflect an objective change in global cinema. We are certain that the best way to play homage to Andrey Tarkovsky is to select contemporary works of film art and introduce audiences to them.

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.

Andrei Plahov
Programming director of the 13th Zerkalo Andrey Tarkovsky Film Festival