Hollywood in Moscow for city’s famous film festival

Russia’s capital will be at the hub of world cinema over the next 10 days with the city’s 30th International Film Festival. The ceremony opens on Thursday with the Russian premiere of the Hollywood blockbuster 'Hancock', with the film's stars, Will Smith

Thousands of people from the movie industry are in Moscow for the event, including a galaxy  of A-list stars.

The programme includes 200 films, 16 of which will compete for the festival's main prize, the 'Golden St. George'.

In the main competition programme Russia is represented by two movies.

The festivals media spokesman, Pyotr Shepotinnik, said: “I like our competition programme, which consists of 16 films this year. And another competition, which also include art-house films, most of them premiers, not only Russian but world premiers.”

The showcase of the best in Russian and world film ranks among the world's six biggest movie festivals.

It has been held annually since 2000, but its origins date back to the mid-1930s.

The organisers say it is aimed at promoting cultural exchange and mutual understanding among different countries, as well as developing co-operation among the world's filmmakers.