Alexander Sokurov’s ‘Faust’ Wins Russian Critics’ Award

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Sokurov was also named best director at the annual awards.

MOSCOW -- Alexander Sokurov’s Faust was awarded as the best film at the ceremony for the annual Russian critics’ award Bely Slon (White Elephant), which was held in Moscow on Dec. 20.

The movie, which won the Golden Lion at the 2011 Venice Film Festival and was released in Russia last February, also brought Sokurov the best director award, and Anton Adasinsky, who played Moneylender, was awarded as the best actor in a supporting role. The film’s writer Yuri Arabov picked up the best screenplay award.

Maria Shalayeva collected the best actress award for her role in Pavel Ruminov’s Ya Budu Ryadom (I’ll Be Around) and Olga Lapshina picked up the award for the best female performance in a supporting role for Vasily Sigarev’s Zhit (Living).

Vladimir Svirsky, who starred in Sergei Loznitsa’s V Tumane (In the Fog), was awarded as the best actor. Living’s director of photography Alisher Khamidkhodzhayev was awarded for the best cinematography.

The special Miron Chernenko award went to Lubov Arkus’ documentary Anton Tut Ryadom (Anton’s Right Here). The young critics’ award Golos (Voice), which was introduced this year, went to Alexei Balabanov’s film Ya Tozhe Khochu (I Also Want It).

Georgy Paradzhanov’s Vse Ushly (Everybody’s Gone) was awarded as the best debut. Sergei Fevralev, who worked on Andrei Proshkin’s Orda (The Horde), collected the best set design award and Andzhei Petras, who scored Mikhail Segal’s Rasskazy (Short Stories), was awarded for the best music.