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Russia Honors Nation’s Best Films, Television Programs at Golden Eagle Awards

25. January 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

America isn't the only country in the midst of awards season. Last Friday, Russian filmmakers and celebrities gathered at the country’s legendary Mosfilm studios for the ninth-annual Golden Eagle Awards ceremony. Similar to America’s Golden Globe, Russia’s Golden Eagle is a national award for motion pictures and television programs. Here are the night’s major winners and how you can check out two of Russia’s greatest films.

 

Alexei Popogrebsky’s Kak Ya Provyol Etim Letom (How I Ended This Summer) was named the best Russian movie of 2010. Popogrebsky, who also served as the film’s writer, won a Golden Eagle for best script, while Pavel Kostomarov won an award for best camera work. How I Ended This Summer will be available on DVD on May 10, 2011 (trailer below).

 

 

Alexi Uchitel, director of Krai (The Edge), won the Golden Eagle for best director, while the film’s stars, Vladimir Mashkov and Anjorka Strechel, were named best actor and best actress. The Edge, a film set in Siberia just after World War II, was 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.

 

Other winners of the night inlcuded James Cameron’s Avatar, which was named the best foreign film released in Russia. Italian-Tunisian actress Claudia Cardinale (The Pink Panther, The Professionals) won the lifetime achievement award for “outstanding contribution to world cinema art”.