Kinotavr 2013 – Winners
All the winners of the 24th Kinotavr Film Festival.
The 24th edition of Kinotavr Open Russian Film Festival that started last week has ended earlier today with the award ceremony. Kinotavr, that is organized every year near the Black Sea, in the city of Sochi, is probably the most important Russian film festival and also the world’s largest of national cinema. Every year some of the best new Russian filmmakers participate and over the years many directors have made their debut works during this festival. This year although was characterized by the fewer films in competition, two less than previous year, and the lack of internationally acknowledged filmmakers. This year’s jury president was the director Alexander Mitta.
The Geographer Drunk His Globe Away by Alexander Veledinsky won the Grand Prize of Kinotavr. The film is an adaptation of the same titled book by Alexei Ivanov that was written in 2003. The film follows the life of Viktor Sluzhkin, a poignant and innocent young teacher of geography in a secondary school in the Urals. Konstantin Khabensky who portrays the main character has also won the Best Actor award.
Vitali Mansky has been awarded with the Prize for Best Direction for his documentary Pipeline. His film narrates a story of a gas pipeline that crosses the whole Russia, from Siberia to Western Europe. During this road-movie documentary the viewer can explore the differences and similarities of a country with such a vast geography and history. The Guild of Film Critics and Film Scholars also chose Pipeline for their prize.
Since Kinotavr is also a festival of discoveries the Prize for Best Debut was awarded to Natasha Merkulova and Alexey Chupov for their sex comedy Intimate Parts. A film that gained immediately the audience’s attention since the over-the-edge humor that uses is somehow new and extreme to Russian cinema. Yulia Aug, the lead actress has also been awarded with the Prize for Best Actress. There have been some speculations that the film will not have a proper and legal release in the country since censorship especially in cinema is quite strict these days in Russia.
Finally the big name of this year’s competition and Kinotavr’s regular was Alexey Fedorchenko with his latest work Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari, that left with two awards. Denis Osokin has won the Gorin Prize for Best Script and Sandor Berkesi for Best Cinematography. The film according to the reports was difficult to be criticized and left mixed feelings to both the audience and the jury. Another highly anticipated film for the Russian media, Yuri Bykov’s The Major that had already premiered in Cannes, left Kinotavr without any award.
The complete list of the 2013 Kinotavr winners:
- Main Prize of Festival Kinotavr: The Geographer Drunk His Globe Away by Alexander Veledinsky
- Prize for Best Direction: Pipeline by Vitali Mansky
- Prize for Best Debut: Intimate Parts by Natasha Merkulova, Alexey Chupov
- Prize for Best Actress: Yulia Aug (Intimate Parts)
- Prize for Best Actor: Konstantin Khabensky (The Geographer Drunk His Globe Away)
- Prize for Best Cinematography: Sandor Berkesi (Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari)
- Gorin Prize for the Best Script: Denis Osokin (Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari)
- Tariverdiev Prize for Best Music: Alexei P. Zubarev (Geographer Drunk His Globe Away)
- Special Diploma of the Jury: For the men’s ensemble cast of the film “Thirst” by Dmitri Tyurin (“For energy and charisma”)
- Prize of the Competition Kinotavr Shorts: F5 by Timofei Zhalnin
- Prize of Film Distributor’s Jury: The Geographer Drunk His Globe Away
- Prize of the Guild of Film Critics and Film Scholars “White Elephant”: Pipeline
- Diplomas of the Guild of Film Critics and Film Scholars “White Elephant”: Intimate Parts, Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari