Proskurina gets top award at Kinotavr

For her existential drama 'Peremiriye' (Truce)

MOSCOW -- Veteran director Svetlana Proskurina collected the Grand Prix at Kinotavr, Russia's main national film festival, whose 21st edition came to a close in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Sunday, for her existential drama "Peremiriye" (Truce).

At several previous festivals, the main prizes often went to first-time directors, and the dominance of debuts in this year's official selection made observers think that the trend would continue, but the only feature debut to be awarded a major prize was Sergei Loznitsa's "Schastye Moye" (My Joy).

The movie, which was premiered at Cannes last month, brought Loznitsa Kinotavr's best director's award. The best screenplay prize was awarded to Andrei Stempkovsky, the writer/director of "Obratnoye Dvizheniye" "Backwards Movement).

The best cinematography prize went to Roman Vasyanov for his work on "Yavleniye Prirody" (Nature Phenomemon) by Alexander Lungin and Sergei Osepyan. Anna Fenchenko collected the best debut award for "Propavshi Bez Vesti" (Missing Person).

The best actor prize was awarded to "Truce's" lead actor Ivan Dobronravov, whom international audiences may know for a role in Andrei Zvyagintsev's "Vozvrashchenie" (The Return) which he played when he was a teenager.

Maria Zvonaryova, who starred in Dmitry Meskhiyev's "Chelovek U Okna" (Man by the Window), picked up the best actress award.