The Directors Guild of America and the USSR State Committee of Cinematography have signed a film exchange agreement, the first government-to-government exchange of motion pictures since 1959.

As part of the exchange, 10 recent Soviet films will tour five American cities in late spring 1989, while a similar number of American movies will be seen in five Soviet cities."This agreement will give Americans their first thorough look at new films produced in the era of `glasnost,' " said DGA President Franklin Schaffner.

"The motion picture industry in the Soviet Union has undergone tremendous change in the past three years . . . , and this major touring program of 10 new films will present the best work being done today in one of the world's major film centers."