The movers and shakers from the silver screen were in Moscow for the 34th film festival. Seventeen movies from across the world came under scrutiny by the jury.
It was not just the latest releases which were up for prizes but also those who have contributed to films over a long period of time.
American director, Tim Burton was honoured while French actress Catherine Deneuve won the Stinislavsky Special Prize for the Outstanding Achievement in the Career of Acting.
“I never think as if it was a collection when I receive a prize. I always feel very honoured,” she said.
The movie, “Junkhearts” surprised film buffs at the festival when it won the coveted, Golden St George, for best film. It is British director, Tinge Krishnan’s first feature and centres on Frank an ex-soldier who is an alcoholic suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
His life takes a new turn when he begins to take care of a teenage runaway and finds himself in a triangle also involving her evil boyfriend.
Eddie Marsham won the best actor award for his portrayal of Frank.
There was a, “home” victory for Russia’s Andrey Proshkin. He collected the best director’s Silver St George for the historic drama The Horde.
It is set in the 14th century surrounding events of the Mongol and Tatar invasion of Russia. The film’s lead actress Roza Khairullina picked up the best actress award.
Our correspondent, Alexander Shashkov on the red carpet says:” The Moscow International Festival is finished. We know the names of the winners. The red carpet is empty but preparations for the next 35th edition of the festival have already started.”