(VELINO) Roma, 17 Mar - Italian Ambassador to Russia, CesareRagaglini, visited the Mosfilm studios in Moscow. During thetour the ambassador met Karen Shakhnazarov, director of thecentre, and discussed the prospect of future Italian-Russiancollaboration in the cinema industry, with a special focus onrelaunching co-productions and initiatives to improve thedistribution of Italian films in Russia. Mosfilm, founded in1923, is one of the oldest and largest studios in Europe, wherethe great classics of Soviet cinema were produced, includingworks by Tarkovsky and Eisenstein. After a period of crisis inthe 1990s, Mosfilm became - and still is - a leader in filmproduction, TV series and videos in the Russian Federation. Thestudios have won three Oscars including 'Best Foreign Film' forWar and Peace, Dersu Uzala - the little man of the great plains- (a co-production with Japan) and, in 1980, Moscow Does NotBelieve in Tears. The studios have produced cinema masterpiecessuch as Battleship Potemkin and Ivan's Childhood. The studiowas founded in Moscow in 1920 and covered a surface area of 400square metres. Today it has grown tenfold and has produced over2500 films. Mosfilm has long-standing links with Italy, to theextent that in 2011, during the Year of Russian culture inItaly, the production company screened seven short films inBari and exhibited Eisenstein's storyboards. vel.