Producer Bruce Cohen announced at the sold out Tyler Clementi Foundation event that the multi-Oscar nominated 'Milk' will be screened at the St. Petersburg LGBT Film Fest in Russia!. Cohen, who produced the movie, will travel will screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and director Gus Van Sant to be at the screening.
The screening of 'Milk' and it attendance by the activist trio will be a remarkable statement in the face of Russian oppression. The story of the life of the assassinated San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk has inspired activists around the globe.
The sixth edition of the Russian LGBT film festival Bok o Bok (Side by Side), which came under the authorities’ attack earlier this year, is to be held in St Petersburg on Nov. 21-30.
Among the highlights of the festival's lineup are Matterhorn by Dutch director Diederik Ebbinge, Xavier Dolan’s Tom a la Ferme (Tom at the Farm), W imie... (In the Name Of) by Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska and the documentary Lesbiana, by Canadian filmmaker Myriam Fougère.
The list of confirmed guests includes Ebbinge and cinematographer Dennis Wielaert, American filmmaker Marta Cunningham, whose film Valentine Road is to be screened in the documentary section, and Germany's Andreas Strohfeldt, co-director of Out in East Berlin.
The festival is also going to feature talks and discussions on LGBT issues.
Entrance to all the festival events are strictly to people over 18 years old to comply with the recently enacted controversial law "against propagation of homosexuality among minors."
Earlier this year, the festival came under attack from the authorities as it was branded a "foreign agent" and fined $15,500 (500,000 rubles,) in a move that many believe was a crackdown on non-governmental organizations. However, the festival appealed the verdict, and a higher court later