Thursday, September 23, 2004

Anti-Bush Fahrenheit 9/11 Documentary Hits Russian Screens

Winner of the Best Film award at Cannes in 2004, Michael Moore’s much acclaimed and criticized documentry, Fahrenheit 9/11, hits Russian theatres on Thursday, September 23, 2004.

Melanya Yegoyan, deputy marketing director of Paradiz, the Russian distributor for Moore’s new documentry, has told MosNews that she saw the film as being profitable in Russia.

“We definitely see interest in the film among the Russian public. Despite the fact that America is far from Russia, Russians are interested in U.S. politics and are willing to participate in it,” Yegoyan stated.

While it may entice Russians due to its overwhelming popularity amongst liberals, it also comes at a bad time in the light of recent terrorist attacks in Russia.

The movie attacks the Bush campaign’s reaction, or lack thereof, to the situations surrounding the terrorist attacks of September 11 and was released in the U.S. on June 25 of this year. However, Yegoyan maintained the decision was based on the upcomming presidential election in the U.S., saying, “We could not schedule it for a later time because other major blockbusters will be released and we did not want Fahrenheit 9/11 to compete with them.”

Quite possibly an influence, yet not the reason, Fahrenheit 9/11 was not chosen for its record-breaking $21.8 million takings in it’s first three days of release, but due to its Palm D’or award in Cannes at the Cannes Film festival this year.

The director of Bowling for Columbine and author of Stupid White Men, Michael Moore is no newcomer to the critic’s corner. Moore’s overt criticism of the Bush strategies caused uproar in the U.S. given its none too subtle release during an election year. Fahrenheit 9/11’s release in Russia, even closer to the U.S. presidental election date of November 2, 2004, will only further attract Russian activists to speak their minds.


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