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Compartment No 6 opens Northern Character in Murmansk

The Cannes Grand Prix winner Compartment No. 6 directed by the Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen will open the XIII International Northern Character Film Festival in Murmansk.

XIII International Film Festival Northern Character will take place in November 25-28, 2021.

This year more than 300 films were sent to the festival and 89 were selected. The competition program includes five categories:

  • full-length film

  • documentary film up to 90 minutes

  • documentary film up to 60 minutes

  • television program up to 60 minutes

  • short feature film


Six films will be screened out of competition.

Film-makers, producers and journalists from Russia, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, Iran, Switzerland, Armenia, Tajikistan and Georgia will take part in the Festival.

The list of films is posted on the website northchar.ru/homeng


The International Jury will be headed by the famous Russian director Alexei Rudakov.

Members of the Jury:

  • Actress Elena Zakharova (Russia)

  • Director Vladimir Schegolkov (Russia)

  • Documentary filmmaker Ekaterina Golovnya (Russia)

  • Actress and producer Gørild Mauseth (Norway)

  • Film expert and critic Dali Okroperidze (Georgia)

  • Director, producer and scriptwriter Valentina Svensson (Sweden)

  • Director Miguel Hernandez-Reyes (Finland)

The opening film of the Festival is Compartment number 6. It tells about a young Finnish woman who escapes an enigmatic love affair in Moscow by boarding a train to the arctic port of Murmansk. Forced to share the long ride and a tiny sleeping car with a Russian miner, the unexpected encounter leads the occupants of Compartment no. 6 to face the truth about their own yearning for human connection.

This year Compartment No 6 was awarded the 74th Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix.