On October 8, the 42nd Moscow International Film Festival came to an end.

The show ended with the screening of the closing film "On the Edge" and awarding the winners.

The main award, "Golden Saint George", was given to the tape "Blockade Diary".

The film's director and screenwriter, Andrei Zaitsev, took the memories of Olga Berggolts, Daniil Granin and other residents of Leningrad as the basis for the plot.

The action takes place on one of the February days of 1942. 

"Golden Saint George" was presented by the chairman of the jury Timur Bekmambetov.

Previously, the picture was also awarded the People's Choice Prize - the symbolic "Key to the hearts of the audience." 

The Blockade Diary will be available online on January 27, 2021, the anniversary of the total lifting of the blockade.

12 films competed with Andrey Zaitsev's film.

Russian cinema in the main competition of this year was also represented by Valery Todorovsky ("Hypnosis"), Maxim Dashkin ("On the Distant Frontiers") and Irina Evteeva ("Melody of the String Tree").

A special jury prize was awarded to Erdem Tepgöz's painting In the Shadows.

The award for directing was taken by British director Rishi Palam.

The festival jury appreciated his film "Hilda" about a girl who is forced to take care of the youngest children in a family while her parents are going to divorce.

Her hobby for dancing helps to cope with the situation.

Leading actress Megan Purvis received a separate award.

  • Jury members: film critic Brian Viner, director Mahmud Soliman, actress Marina Aleksandrova, director, producer Timur Bekmambetov (left to right) on the red carpet before the closing ceremony of the 42nd Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) in Moscow

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The best performance of a male role was recognized for the work of Gura Bentwich (Israel) in his own film "Like cheese in butter". 

Nocturne, directed by Gwangcho Chong from South Korea, won the documentary competition.

In total, nine films took part in the program, including the tape of the laureate of the Venice Film Festival 2020 Andrei Konchalovsky.

The best short film of the year was “I'm afraid to forget your face”, filmed in a joint production of Egypt and France.

Also at the ceremony, an award for many years of service to the art of cinema was presented - it was awarded to the Russian director Svetlana Druzhinina ("Midshipmen, forward!", "Secrets of palace coups. Russia, XVIII century").

The jury prize of the International Federation of Film Press FIPRESCI went to the film "Hilda" by British director Rishi Palam.

This decision was made by Susanna Alperina, Amal El Gamal and Clea Vanner, who evaluated the paintings on behalf of the organization.

The Federation of Cinema Clubs of Russia also named the winners of its awards "Thorny Glance".

From foreign films with the wording "for a subtle combination of satire, irony and absurdity" they chose "Election Campaign", filmed by the Romanian director Marian Crisan.

The laureate of the Russian cinema was Anna Chernakova's film "About Lyolya and Minka", based on the stories of Mikhail Zoshchenko for children.

An award from the Guild of Non-Fiction Film and Television went to Mark Weisse's film We Don't Give Up, which was presented in the documentary competition.

Earlier, a special prize "Believe" for conquering the heights of acting and loyalty to the principles of the school of K.S.

Stanislavsky was received by the actress Svetlana Kryuchkova.

The closing film of the show was Eduard Bordukov's sports drama "On the Edge".

In the story, Russian saber fencers Alexandra (Svetlana Khodchenkova) and Kira (Stasya Miloslavskaya) compete for a ticket to the Olympics.

Alexandra has already gained a reputation as the best saber fencer in the world, but her career is nearing completion due to the age of the athlete.

The film will be released on November 26.

  • Designer Bella Potemkina on the red carpet before the closing ceremony of the 42nd Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) in Moscow

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From 1 to 7 October, the Fifth BRICS Film Festival was also held in Moscow within the framework of the MIFF.

10 films participated in its program - two each from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

The jury chose "Poppy Nongen" by Christian Olvagen from South Africa as the best film.

Lou Ye (China) took the Outstanding Directing Award for Saturday Novel.

A special jury prize was awarded to the "Red Ghost" by Russian director Andrey Bogatyrev.

Also at the show this year, two awards were presented for Best Actress.

They were received by the actresses Kani Kushruti from India and Talita Karauta from Brazil.

“Female roles were stronger than male roles.

We decided that women who do men's work, often do it better than men, should also receive a prize, ”said Sergei Mokritsky, chairman of the festival jury.

In 2021, the BRICS Film Festival will be held in India.