Five legendary UNESCO's Memory of the World Program films will be shown in St. Petersburg

5th of December, 16:35 - The Wizard of Oz (USA, directed by Victor Fleming, 1939)

6th of December, 20:40 - Ordet (Denmark, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1955)

7th of December, 20:40 - L'Avventura (Italy, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)

19th of December, 20:30 - Earth (USSR, directed by Alexander Dovzhenko, 1930)

20th of December, 20:30 - A story of the London Fog (United Kingdom, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1927)


During UNESCO Film Festival held from 5th to 20th of December in Saint-Petersburg citizens will be able to watch masterpieces, which are included in the list of pictures that gained a status of specially protected world cultural heritage objects from UNESCO Memory of the World Program.


For the first time in Russia the newest restored versions of “The Wizard of Oz” directed by Victor Fleming and “Earth” by Aleksander Dovzhenko will be shown. Moreover, a restored version of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Lodger” will be presented to the audience of Saint-Petersburg. The festival program also contains “The Word” by Carl Theodor Dreyer and “The Adventure” by Michelangelo Antonioni. Pictures will be shown in “Lenfilm” cinema, Kamenoostrovsky avenue, 10. On the day of the show a ticket costs 300 rubles, but if bought beforehand it costs 250 rubles.


20 years ago, timed to the centenary of the cinema, UNESCO with the help of national film archives made up a list of specially protected pictures – world cultural heritage objects. Then 49 countries sent their enumerations and the final list consisted of more than 800 films. However, none Russian picture was there.


That is the reason why the presentation of Russian pictures recommended for inclusion in Memory of the World Program is held within the work of “Cinema” section, which is a part of IV Saint-Petersburg International Cultural Forum. The presentation takes place in the building of The Hermitage General Staff Building on the 14th of December. The list is prepared by a hundred of film experts, among which historians, cinematography theorists and practicians. A special guest of the event is Boyan Radoykov, UNESCO Information Society Division Program Specialist.