Trends change but victories remain foreverTrends change but victories remain forever

For the first time in recent years, Belarusian filmmakers have taken part in the Open Film Festival Kinoshock-2012 with great success
By Valentin Petrov

Two films entered the main competition, winning prizes: a joint project entitled The Lonely Island, written by Peeter Simm and Mihkel Ulman, won ‘best screenplay’; and actor Vladimir Svirsky (the lead in the drama In the Fog, by Sergey Loznitsa) won ‘best male role’. All together, 14 films took part in the contest.

The Grand Prix ‘Golden Vine’ for ‘best feature film’ was given to Uzbek drama Heaven — My Abode. The Guardian, by Zaza Urushadze from Georgia, was awarded ‘best direction’ and Lithuanian Algimantas Puipa’s classic Fortress of Sleeping Butterflies earned ‘best female role’ for Janina Lapinskaite. The Russian Guild of Film Critics prize went to Ukrainian Mykhailo Ilienko for Firecrosser.

Honoured Artiste of Belarus Svetlana Sukhovey — a member of the International Council of Kinoshock and the Chair of the Belarusian Cinema Actors’ Guild — tells us, “These Kinoshock results are a significant success for our filmmakers. We are pleased that both films were accepted received in Anapa. Previously, our only victories were Anatoly Kot’s award for his work in Anastasia Slutskaya and Alexander Yefremov for his television melodrama It Rhymes with Love. We’ve done well this year in comparison.”
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