The Central House of Filmmakers, Moscow, was the venue for the closing ceremony of the 11th Let's Live International Film Festival on the 25 of August. The Accomplice by Evgeny Grigoriev became an absolute favourite of the jury; the film won four awards, including the grand prize for the Best Film.
The closing ceremony concert of the Let's Live Festival was opened by Evgeny Gerasimov, president of the festival, a Soviet and Russian actor of theatre and cinema, film director, political and public figure. He thanked all the spectators and guests who had attended screenings of Russian filmmakers and participated in the educational programme in the cinema tent on Poklonnaya Hill.
“There were very interesting films, the jury members had heated debate and agued. Finally, the decision was made. I believe, some other films could have been awarded, and in some cases films deserved watching them more times. However, this has been a festival; it's been a contest. Today we shall definitely congratulate the winners”, said the President of the festival.
The films participating in the festival competed for awards in three categories – Full-length Feature Film, Documentary, Short Fiction Film. Directors from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan also took part in the first category.
The Best Director award for a full-length feature film was given to Tatiana Fedorovskaya for her film The White Whale; Pavel Derevyanko received the Best Actor award in a Feature Film for his role in The Accomplice; and Agrippina Steklova received the Best Actress award for her role as Mother in The Day of the Dead. Artem Anisimov won the Best Camerawork in a Feature Film (The Accomplice).
Dmitry Semibratov with his Chechnya and Peace took the first award in the Documentary category for his film about wild animals of the region returning to the turf after the Chechen war. The second place was awarded to Fire by Anna Yanovskaya and third place to Women’s Land (Babiy Kray) by Elena Zhigayeva.
First award for a Short Fiction Film was taken by Polina & Sofia Naboka for their Three Days and One Pretext, second place was awarded to the graduation work It Seems Forever by Alena Alenina, student of the Higher Courses of Screenwriters and Directors, and the third prize was received by Dmitry Permyakov for the film IMHO.
There were also special prizes at the festival. The Jury Chair's Prize was awarded to The Road to Eden by Kyrgyz directors Bakyt Mukul and Dastan Zhapar.
The President-of-the-Festival’s Prize was awarded to Vladimir Filippov, Deputy Head of the Labour and Social Protection Department of Moscow, for A Silver Starwort (directed by Anna Petrik and Vadim Vetrov) with the comment “For the first experience in creating a feature film of social significance by the participants of the health, education and recreation project Moscow Longevity”.
The special prize “For the Preservation of Historical Memory” was awarded to the short fiction film Tasya by Vladimir Maisuradze.
A special prize of the Department of Civil Defence, Emergencies and Fire Safety of Moscow was awarded to the film Captivity (Nevolya) by Rashid Malikov (Uzbekistan).
A special diploma and medal of the 11th Let's Live Moscow Film Festival was awarded to Boris Tokarev, director of the documentary Evgeny Karelov. A Premonition of Destiny (Boris Tokarev and Ludmila Gladunko).
Egor Odintsov, producer of From Jerusalem with Love, received a special diploma of the jury “For the discovery of a life that became history”.
The Jury Chair’s special prize “For Poetry in Film-making” was awarded to the film Across the Vineyard by Veronika Ponomareva, and “For Contribution to Art” was handed to Svetlana Nemolyaeva for her excellent acting in Alexander Kott's film GOGOL-MOGOL.
Rashid Malikov received a diploma “For honest and truthful portrayal of reality in films about war” for his film Captivity. Denis Bauer, art director of the film The Accomplice received an award “For High Professionalism in Portrayal”.
The closing ceremony ended with a special screening of a restored version of Margarita Terekhova's film The Seagull, timed to the anniversary of the legendary actress. The picture was presented by its producer Mikhail Kosyrev-Nesterov and actress Lyubov Pavlichenko.
In 2022 the Let's Live International Film Festival is held in late August in Moscow and is timed to the Russian Film Day, as well as the centenary of the USSR.
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