Magazine article Screen International

Russia's 'Insight' among goEast Winners

Magazine article Screen International

Russia's 'Insight' among goEast Winners

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Russian director Aleksandr Kott's Insight was named Best Film at this year's goEast Festival of Central and European Cinema (20-26 April) in Wiesbaden, Germany.

The intimate drama charting a love affair between a blind man and his nurse premiered at last year's Kinotavr festival in Sochi and was also shown at the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn.

During the festival, Kott, whose previous films include the 2010 war drama The Brest Fortress and 2014's Test, confirmed to Screen that his next feature project, Soyuz Spaseniya (Union Of Salvation), will begin shooting from next year for a release date at the end of 2018.

The $10.7m (RUB700m) production from Direktsiya Kino with Russia's Channel One Television is a historical drama set at the beginning of the 19th century about the founding of secret political society the Decembrists.

This big-budget project marks a change of pace to Insight which producer Katia Filippova of Atlantic Film produced for $800,000 with support from the Russian Ministry of Culture.

Prizes for Russia and Poland

The International Jury headed by Macedonian film director-DoP Karpo Godina and including Serbian producer Miroslav Mogorovic and Karlovy Vary programmer Lenka Tyrpakova, awarded the prize for Best Direction to Poland's Marcin Koszalka for The Red Spider which also picked up the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize.

A second prize for Russian cinema - the Federal Foreign Office Award for Cultural Diversity - went to Denis Shabaev's documentary Not My Job about immigrants from the former Soviet Central Asian republics trying to make a life for themselves in Moscow.

In addition, a special mention was made by the International Jury of the acting performance of lead actress Emília Vásáryová in Marko Skop's Eva Nová.

Support for up-and-coming talents

goEast aims to foster new filmmaking talents from Central and Eastern Europe and promotes collaborations with their opposite numbers in Germany.

The pilot project Oppose Othering! invited teams of filmmakers to submit ideas for films investigating exclusionary attitudes to people of different religious, cultural, ethnic or sexual identities. Five production grants were awarded to German filmmakers teaming up with partners from Russia, Slovakia, Romania, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. …

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