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Russia Honors Nation’s Best Movies at Nika Awards

8. April 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

On Thursday, hundreds of Russian filmmakers and celebrities gathered in Moscow for the Nika Awards, a prestigious awards ceremony similar to America’s Academy Awards. Here are the major winners of the night.


Alexi Uchitel’s Krai (The Edge) was the big winner, picking up awards for best picture of the year, best cinematography, which went to Yuri Klimenko, and best actor, which was awarded to Vladimir Mashkov.


Last night’s awards certainly weren’t the first honors The Edge earned. Alexi Uchitel won the Golden Eagle for best director, while the film’s stars, Vladimir Mashkov and Anjorka Strechel, were named best actor and best actress. Set in Siberia just after World War II, The Edge was also nominated for the 2010 Golden Globe in the category of best foreign language film. Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up the U.S. rights to The Edge for a spring release (trailer below).


Other Nika Award winners include Alexei Popogebsky, who was named best director for his film Kak Ya Provyel Etim Letom (How I Ended This Summer), while Denis Osokin took home an award for best screenplay for his Ovsyanki (Silent Souls) script. Best actress went to Nina Ruslanova for her role in Kitayskaya Babushka (Chinese Grandma). Yevgeny Mironov was named best actor in a supporting role for his performance in Nikita Mikhalkov's Utomlyonnye Solntsem 2 (Burnt by the Sun 2).


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