Gomel oblast lies to the southeast of Belarus and borders on Briansk oblast /Russia/, Kiev , Chernigov and Zhitomir oblasts /Ukraine/.

The territory of Gomel oblast is 40,400 square kilometers. One third of the territory is covered with forests; the biggest rivers – the Dnepr, the Sozh, the Berezina and the Pripiat – are the most important navigable ways of Belarus .

There is the national park Pripiatskiy and the Polesye radiation-ecological reserve in the oblast.

Today there are 23 museums and 4 theaters and philharmonic societies in Gomel oblast numbers.

The region has 2,540 monuments, 1,360 of them are monuments of history and culture, 140 – of architecture and 1,040 – of archeology. And if the latter /they include ancient settlements and burial places/ are of interest only to archeologists and historians, the other places stir deep interest of the people who appreciate architectural masterpieces and are fond of the Belarusian history.

Belarusian short film Tufelki nominated for Monaco prize

MINSK, 5 November (BelTA) – The short film Tufelki [Shoes] by director Konstantin Fam has been nominated for the Angel Film Awards of the 11th Monaco International Film Festival. The forum will take place in Monte Carlo on 5-8 December, producer of the film company Nonstop Media Yuri Igrusha told a press conference on 5 November.

The Tufelki film will open the festival before the European premiere of David Lynch’s documentary Meditation Creativity Peace. Belarusian Culture Minister Boris Svetlov has received an official invitation to visit the forum. The film will be presented by Yuri Igrusha and Sergei Zhdanovich, producers of the company Nonstop Media.

The film Tufelki is dedicated to the memory of the Holocaust victims and tells the story of a pair of women’s shoes which begins on the shop window and ends in the footwear grave of the concentration camp Auschwitz. The film is a joint production by Belarus, Russia, the USA, Czechia, France and Poland. It has been produced with assistance of the Belarusian Culture Ministry. Tufelki is the first short story in the cinema almanac Svideteli [Witnesses], which reveals the catastrophe of the Jewish people.

The Monaco International Film Festival is one of the most important and successful festivals in Europe. Every year it selects only 20 pictures out of over 1,000 nominated works into eight categories. It is the first time a Belarusian movie will take part in the European film festival.

BelTA reported earlier that the Tufelki movie has left behind the qualifying round of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will continue competing for the Oscar nomination in the short film category in 2014.

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