On Friday, September 18, Sochi hosted an award ceremony for the participants of the 31st Kinotavr Open Russian Film Festival.

The main prize was awarded to Dmitry Davydov's tape "Scarecrow".

The main character of the picture is a hermit healer who rescues hopelessly sick patients, but suffers from her own gift.

Davydov noted that "Scarecrow" was the first Yakut film presented at the festival.

In addition, the director was awarded the Daniil Dondurei award from the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics of Russia.

Philip Yuriev was recognized as the best director of the show - he shot the film "Whaleboy", which also won in the parallel program of the Venice Film Festival.

At Kinotavr, the film was awarded a diploma from the Guild of Cinema Experts and Film Critics of Russia.

The award for the debut work was presented to the director of the film "Masha" Anastasia Palchikova.

Previously, the director worked with Valery Todorovsky and Anna Melikyan.

“I am flattered that my film was included in the competition, the reaction of the audience is my main award, I heard them laughing,” TASS quotes Palchikova.

  • Film crew of the film "Masha" directed by Anastasia Palchikova (second from left)

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Valentina Romanova-Chyskyyrai managed to create the most convincing female character in the film "Scarecrow".

The artist was awarded the prize for Best Actress.

The Oleg Yankovsky Prize in a similar male nomination was awarded to Vladimir Onokhov, who played the main role in the film "Whaler". 

Nikolay Zheludovich was awarded the prize for the best camera work.

He was in charge of the filming of Anna Melikyan's film Three.

With a diploma "For humor, civic courage and love for the audience," the jury members encouraged the picture of Mikhail Segal "Deeper!"

The award was taken by the leading actor Alexander Pal.

The Grigory Gorin Prize for the best script was given to the author and director of the film "Conference" Ivan I. Tverdovsky.

The work of the OQJAV group, whose members wrote the original musical accompaniment for the film "The Man from Podolsk", was awarded the Mikael Tariverdiev prize.

  • The director of the film "Kitoboy" Philip Yuriev (left), actress Christina Asmus (second from the left) and producer Alexei Uchitel (right)

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This year Andrey Khrzhanovsky became the laureate of the honorary prize "For outstanding contribution to cinema and overcoming the boundaries between different types of cinema art".

His cartoon “The Nose, or the Conspiracy of“ Not Such ”, based on the works of Gogol and Shostakovich, opened the show this year.

Boris Khlebnikov was the chairman of the jury of the main competition this year.

He was assisted by Oksana Fandera, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Fyodor Lyass, Daria Zlatopolskaya, Nigina Sayfullaeva and Ekaterina Filippova.

In the afternoon of September 18, the results of voting on the Kinopoisk portal were also announced.

The Audience Award went to Oksana Karas's film Doctor Liza.

The second and third places were taken by the tapes "Scarecrow" by Dmitry Davydov and "Kitboy" by Philip Yuriev.

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The winners of the short film competition were announced a little earlier - on September 15.

The main prize with the wording “For the masterful embodiment of the imaginative world by simple means” was awarded to the film “Sera” directed by Lana Vlady.

The film also won the prize of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics of Russia "for social accuracy and artistic asceticism."

With the diplomas “For artistry in comprehending the genre” the Guild encouraged the creators of the film “I love Eve” (directed by Christina Manzhula).

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So, our horror film "I Love Eve" received a diploma from the Guild of Film Critics for "artistry in understanding the genre."

I am the happiest, miracles do not end.

I still can't wake up from a happy dream) Thanks to our team for the struggle and faith (I note in the comments).

All @ kinotavr_31 awards were taken by women who made films about women.

Don't take it as a silly celebration in front of men - just a bright moment.

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Diplomas of the jury of the short film competition went to Nina Volova's films “Open, this is a mother” “for a subtle combination of documentary and fiction” and “Varya” by Nika Gorbushina with the formulation “Varya - you are fire!”.

Short films this year were evaluated by Klim Shipenko, Sergey Kornikhin, Alexey Artamonov, Alexander Robak and Irina Gorbacheva.

Kinotavr, which is traditionally held in June, was postponed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thanks to this measure, after the restrictions were lifted, the festival was held in a traditional format, and not in the Internet space.

Some public events, including the opening red carpet, had to be canceled.

The screenings, which were part of the genre cinema program, were held right on Teatralnaya Square in front of the main stage.

During the festival, Alexander Molochnikov reported on the coronavirus infection on social networks.

The director stressed that the test he took before going to the screening of his own film, Tell Her, was negative.

However, later it turned out that the director was still ill.

Earlier, the coronavirus was detected in an artist who is involved in Molochnikov's play Bulba.


A mask regime was organized at the venues of the film festival and the observance of social distance was ensured.