September 28: the seventh edition of the Francophone Cinema Mini Festival was held in Taganrog. The historic building of Foreign Languages Faculty at Taganrog Chekhov Teachers College (ex-TGPI) in Petrovskaya Street was selected venue for the screenings. It brought together French language enthusiasts, representatives of educational establishments and cultural institutions.
The event was co-hosted by Taganrog Chekhov Teachers College (part of Rostov State University of Economics), represented by Deputy Director for international cooperation Alexey Volvenko and the Dean of Foreign Languages Faculty Olga Kravets, and by regional branch of Alliance Française, represented by its director Yekaterina Dolzhich.
Taganrog foreign relations officer Alexander Mirgorodskiy highlighted the program's special importance in time of current geopolitical tensions and crisis in Russian-European relations: "Despite all this, our cultural cooperation with France continues to be further developed. Relations between Russia and France are deeply historic and based on mutual attraction. For centuries writers, philosophers, artists and musicians of the two countries have brought together peoples' minds and hearts. There was a time when Russian Empire sheltered French immigrants who left their home country after the fall of monarchy during the French Revolution, while in 20th century it was the turn of France to host great Russian intellectuals. I would like to thank the organizers of the 7th edition of French Autumn festival and I would like to express my hope that it will continue in the future. I am certain that joint Russian-French projects in Taganrog will remain a long-held tradition, serving to expand appreciation of our Alma Mater's competence in education and the sciences. I wish you all to have a lively time to better know and understand the French culture".
"The French Autumn" festival's program featured the film screening of "Bedtime Stories", photo exhibition "Discover France" and a lecture on cult French films.