Over the ten years since this festival was inaugurated, French cinema has accompanied extraordinary changes in the Russian movie industry. The number of theaters of international standard has risen from 15 to 2,000; annual movie attendance has grown from 37 million spectators to 123 million; and Russian films’ market share has lept from less than 1% to over 25%, to cite just a few key statistics. During this time, French films have seen their presence grow from 10 theatrical releases to over 50 titles per year. The number of prints released has jumped from 50 to over 4,000, while the number of spectators to French films has grown from 40,000 to over 7 million! 2009 is clearly a year tainted by the current recession, marked by a decline in spectator numbers not only for French films but for films of all nationalities (down 22% between the second and third quarter). Nonetheless, with 24 new French titles released in the past nine months, French cinema is certainly rising to the occasion.