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Best foreign-language film Oscar nominee Loveless, helmed by Andrei Zvyagintsev, was named best movie Saturday at the new East-West: The Golden Arch Awards, recognizing films from 32 countries in Eastern Europe and West Asia.
Zvyagintsev also collected the best director’s award and Mikhail Krichman, the film’s director of photography, received best cinematography honors at the Moscow ceremony.
Bogdan Dumitrache was named best actor for his role in the France-Romania co-production Pororoca, directed by Constantin Popescu, while Darya Zhovner took home best actress honors for her performance in Kantemir Balagov’s Closeness.
The best screenplay prize was shared by Ildikó Enyedi, writer-director of Hungarian Oscar nominee On Body and Soul, and Natalia Meshchaninova and Boris Khlebnikov, who wrote the script for the Russian movie Arrhythmia.
Serbian actress Mirjana Karanovic received a special Star of Eurasia award, and Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi was recognized with the Golden Arch lifetime achievement award.
East-West: The Golden Arch was launched this year by the Moscow-based International Confederation of the Filmmakers Unions with support from the Russian government. It is viewed as a local version of the Golden Globes.
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