Russian cinema festival cultural aspect of deep-rooted ties with Kuwait – Min.

KUWAIT, March 28 (KUNA) — Russian cinema festival in Kuwait represents the cultural aspect of the deep-rooted bilateral relations, Information Minister Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah said late Monday.
In a speech on the occasion of launching the festival at Abdulhussein Abdulredha Theater, Sheikh Salman said historic visit of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to Russian city of Sochi last November and meeting President Vladimir Putin had “instilled” cultural cooperation between the two countries.
He said the visit was crowned by signing a number of agreements, including a memorandum of understanding on cultural and artistic cooperation between the National Council for Culture, Arts and letters (NCCAL) and the Russian Ministry of Culture. The NCCAL is organizing the festival.
On Russian cinema, Sheikh Salman, also Minister of State for Youth Affairs, commended its long history, which dates back to 1896, as well as its professionalism and credibility that reflected reality lived by the Russian people.
Sheikh Salman, who acts as Chairman of NCCAL, hoped that holding the event would open the door between 4Russian and Kuwaiti filmmakers to cooperate.
On his part, visiting Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky underpinned significance of cooperation between the two countries, adding that art brings people closer and introduces them to different cultures.
Then the film “Iron Ivan” was shown, as it follows the iconic strongman Ivan Poddubniy, whose sporting career spanned 45 years, beginning in a circus and culminating in six World Championship and Olympic titles. It also tells the story of legendary wrestler who is remarkably trusting and easily deceived; experiences epic victories alongside enormous changes of fate.
After the Revolution, Poddubniy has the opportunity to live glamorously in the West, but instead he chooses to return to his homeland, not to the big city but to his little village by the seaside with the woman he adores. The film is a 2014 production.
The Russian cinema festival will last until April 3. (end) akw.hb