Alexei Uchitel's 'Krai' Tops Russia's Nika Awards

The drama, set in the Siberian hinterland shortly after World War II, also collected the best cinematography award for Yuri Klimenko and the best actor prize for Vladimir Mashkov.

MOSCOW -- Alexei Uchitel's Krai (The Edge) was named best picture of the year at the award ceremony for Nika, one of Russia's two main film prizes, on Thursday in Moscow.

The drama, set in the Siberian hinterland shortly after World War II, also collected the best cinematography award, which went to Yuri Klimenko, and the best actor prize, awarded to Vladimir Mashkov. The Edge previously was nominated for the Golden Globe in the best foreign language film category and was also Russia's entry in the Oscar race but failed to get a nomination.

Alexei Popogebsky was named best director for his film Kak Ya Provyel Etim Letom (How I Ended This Summer), which picked up the best cinematography and the best actor Silver Bears at last year's Berlin International Film Festival.

The best screenplay Nika was awarded to Denis Osokin, who penned the script of the movie Ovsyanki (Silent Souls), based on his book. The drama about a fictitious people on the verge of extinction, which premiered at Venice Film Festival last year, was also awarded for the best music, composed by Andrei Karasyov.

Veteran Nina Ruslanova was awarded as the best actress for her role in the movie Kitayskaya Babushka (Chinese Grandma) by Vladimir Tumayev. Yevgeny Mironov collected a Nika as the best actor in a supporting role for his performance in Nikita Mikhalkov's Utomlyonnye Solntsem 2 (Burnt by the Sun 2). Veteran actor Sergei Yursky collected a lifetime achievement award.

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