Pavel Ruminov's 'I’ll Be By Your Side' Wins Main Prize at Russia's Kinotavr

Vasily Sigarev is awarded as best director.

MOSCOW – Pavel Ruminov’s Ya Budu Ryadom (I’ll Be By Your Side) collected the best film prize of Russia’s main national film festival Kinotavr.

The drama focused on a woman who is diagnosed with brain cancer and has a six-year old kid, was announced Kinotavr’s winner at the award ceremony held on Sunday, June 10 in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi.

Vasily Sigarevpicked up the best director prize for his second feature, Zhit (Living). The movie was also awarded the film critics’ guild’s prize, and Alisher Khamidkhodhayev won the best cinematography award for his work on the picture.

Yana Troyanovaand Anna Mikhalkova, who played the main characters in Avdotya Smirnova’s Kokoko, shared the best actress award.

The best actor prize went to Azamat Nigmanov for his role in Alexei Mizgiryov’s Konvoy (Convoy). The movie’s composer Alexander Manotskov was awarded for the best soundtrack.

Mikhail Segal, the writer/director of Rasskazy (Short Stories), collected the best screenplay award.

The jury, chaired by director Vladimir Khotinenko, awarded its special prize to Victoria Shevtsova, the lead actress of Ya Tebya Ne Lyubly (I Don’t Love You), directed by Alexander Rastorguyev and Pavel Kostomarov.

Alexander Kasatkinand Natalya Nazarova, who co-directed Doch (Daugter), picked up the best feature debut award.

Mikhail Mestetsky’s Nogi – Atavizm (Legs are an Atavism) was awarded as the festival’s short film.