At the 30th anniversary “Kinotavr” the roll of the general competition was shifted towards a distinct audience movie, rhyming with (un) invented family and bandit dramas. This year there were no revelation films, and very unfortunate ones met ("Above the Sky", dir. Oksana Karas).
The general festival agenda includes a movie about family values, faith in God and in oneself (Trinity by Yang Ge), about brutal friendship and poetry of life (Big poetry by Alexander Lungin), about human relations (Watchman by Yuri Bykov), about freedom and love, more often in the bodily plane (“Love them all” by Maria Agranovich), about the illusion of pure feeling (“Once in Trubchevsk” by Larisa Sadilova), betrayal and sex, but with a slight irony (“Fidelity” by Nigina Sayfullaeva) and many other things, exposing the personal and intimate, rethinking and refining the concepts of society.
At the 30th Kinotavr, director-debutants embarked on an independent study of young Russian cinema, each of them tried to be objective in their work. And the debut film won the main prize of the anniversary festival: the crime drama “Bull” by 30-year-old Boris Akopov became the best in the competition. Compact and meaningful, he continues the theme of the post-Soviet space in modern cinema, which obviously grew out of children's observations of the director, a witness to the perestroika era.
We talked with film critics about the course program and asked who they would give the grand prix instead of the Bull.
I am absolutely happy that my favorite - the picture “Bull” of the debutant Boris Akopov won. This is the main function of the festival: to celebrate talented youth and give it a ticket to life. I am glad that for the first time in the history of my stay at the festival - it's almost 15 years - the jury and I coincided in almost all positions. To give Ana Parmas (“Let's divorce”, approx. Ed.) The prize for the best debut was a very correct decision, and Sasha Kuznetsov in my now beloved film “Big Poetry” is also deservedly awarded an award. ”
If not "Bull", then who:
Could take "Big Poetry", if we talk about the relevance of the statement. Could take Yura Bykov for mastery, because the direction of his picture is very strong and I am sorry that he was not marked. On the other hand, he is in that status when he does not need the prizes of national festivals, he is already a great artist with a worldwide reputation. Younger newcomers need support more, and it's great that the jury understands this.
President of the Guild of Film Critics and Film Critics of Russia
With the same success could take the prize "Big Poetry" Lungin. Since the jury decided to bet on spectator cinema, of course, the winners should have been “Bull” Akopova or maybe “Watchman” Bykov. But I believe that the “Bull” is made more furious and is quite worthy for the debut. I understand the jury's choice, from their point of view it is a reasonable decision.
If not "Bull", then who:
But in this competition, one could also make another bet, on a love-sex drama, and then one could award “Loyalty” (she is jealousy) to Sayfullaeva, because in general, this is not an innovative, but rather fresh picture , and she undoubtedly has a rental potential, which is understandable: this area is almost untouched in the cinema (in a purely sexual, carnal respect), this is the first such thing. A few years ago there was a movie "Intimate places", but it's a little about the other.
I do not really agree with the decision of the jury. I am very happy, of course, for Boris Akopov, because I consider him a very talented person, but I expected more from him. This does not mean that Akopov does not deserve a prize - it just might not be the movie for that. It seems to me that we should stop filming about the dashing 90s, blame Yeltsin for everything, resort to some cliches, since he was a child at that time. I hope he gets better in the next film. Sometimes some directors are not rewarded for a very long time, and some at once. And it is not known which is better.
If not "Bull", then who:
The best film, in my opinion, “Kerosene” and “Fidelity”, they are almost not marked, which speaks about the preferences of this particular jury. Passions boiled there, otherwise Nigina would not have received anything at all. And the fact that the prize was awarded by Rezo Gigienishvili suggests that he lobbied for this film, for which I love and respect him even more. I liked that they gave Parmas for the best debut, it is unexpectedly fresh, although I certainly would have noted the “Russian Boy” Alexander Zolotukhin. Awarding Parmas is such a political gesture to show that debuts really happen at different ages. The jury did the right thing by awarding her, but it seems to me that one prize would be enough for her.
The main prize of the Kinotavr film festival: "The Bull", dir. Boris Akopov; prize for best directing: "Big poetry", dir. Alexander Lungin; Best Debut Award: "Let's get divorced," dir. Anna Parmas; Award for Best Actress: Victoria Tolstoganova ("Above the Sky", dir. Oksana Karas); Oleg Yankovsky Prize "For Best Actor": Alexander Kuznetsov ("Big Poetry", dir. Alexander Lungin); prize for the best cinematography: Gleb Filatov (The Bull, dir. Boris Akopov); Prize named after Gregory Gorin "For the best scenario": Anna Parmas, Maria Shulgina, Elizabeth Tikhonova (“Let's Divorce”, dir. Anna Parmas); Mikael Tariverdiev Prize to the author of the original music for the film: Igor Vdovin (“The Mental Wolf”, dir. Valery Gai Germanika); special jury diploma "Loyalty"dir. Nigina Sayfullaeva "For the unlimited faith of actors in directing"; Prize named after Daniel Dondurey: "Kerosene", dir. Yusup Razykov; Diploma of the Guild of Film Critics and Film Critics of Russia: "Russian boy", dir. Alexander Zolotukhin.
Cover: frame from the painting "Loyalty" by Nigina Sayfullaeva, frame from the painting "Bull" by Boris Akopov.