The 42nd Moscow International Film Festival program at Garage Screen


From 2 October 2020 to 5 October 2020


Garage Screen summer cinema
The 42nd Moscow International Film Festival program at Garage Screen The 42nd Moscow International Film Festival program at Garage Screen


Several films from the program of the 42nd Moscow International Film Festival will be screened at Garage Screen summer cinema. The program includes Vitalina Varela, a drama from the acclaimed Portuguese director Pedro Costa; Malmkrog, a philosophical parable by Romanian New Wave pioneer Cristi Puiu; the dialogue-heavy comedy Thalasso by Guillaume Nicloux, starring Michel Houellebecq and Gérard Depardieu, and Philippe Garrel’s melodrama The Salt of Tears.


Moscow International Film Festival is Russia’s number one event for film professionals and cinema lovers. Like Cannes, Venice and Berlin, for several decades Moscow Festival has been showing new works by masters of cinema and experimental pictures by up-and-coming directors, and providing opportunities to talk to filmmakers and actors. Over the past few years, the festival has seen Charlize Theron, William Smith, Gérard Depardieu and Emir Kusturica, Tin Burton and John Malkovich, Carlos Saura and Stephen Frears among its guests. And of course, MIFF is the best platform for premieres by Russian filmmakers.


Standard: 350 rubles
Student: 250 rubles*

Tickets for seniors, veterans, large families, under 18s, and visitors with disabilities (with one carer): 175 RUB**

We recommend that you buy tickets in advance. All ticket categories are available online.

* Students aged 18–25 on production of relevant ID
** Please show proof of eligibility at the cinema entrance


Premiere. Vitalina Varela

Twenty-five years ago, Vitalina Varela's husband ran off to make money in Portugal and left her alone in a former Portuguese colony, the island of Cape Verde. In 2013, Vitalina arrives in Lisbon looking for him, only to find out that he had died three days earlier. The bleak otherworldly drama by Pedro Costa received a Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival in 2019.

Friday, October 2

Premiere. Malmkrog

In the late nineteenth century, a Russian aristocrat Nikolay hosts a gathering of five people from his circle in the snowy village of Malmkrog, Transylvania. In the dining hall of his mansion, a sophisticated conversation about the future of Europe takes place, as a wounded general is dying in the next room. The radical three-hour polylogue—an adaptation of Vladimir Solovyov's philosophical text Three Conversations—premiered and won the Best Director award in the Encounters section of the Berlin Film Festival in 2020.

Saturday, October 3

Premiere. Thalasso

One of the key contemporary writers of France, Michel Houellebecq, meets one of the most acclaimed French actors Gérard Depardieu at a Normandy hotel in an absurd and dialogue-heavy comedy about two witty melancholics. As the two enjoy their spa treatments, they discuss topics ranging from sex and politics to old age and illness, when the conversation is interrupted by an unexpected visit.

Sunday, October 4

Film Screening. The Salt of Tears

Young carpenter Luc, the son of a carpenter, enters the most prestigious joinery school in France, something his father could only dream of. Commuting between the capital and his home town, he starts romantic relationships with three very different girls and for the first time is disappointed in love. This sophisticated black-and-white melodrama by the French filmmaker Philippe Garrel premiered in the main competition of the 2020 Berlinale.

Monday, October 5