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Helen Mirren Receives Stanislavsky Prize at Moscow Film Festival
 Jul 4, 2011

The Stanislavsky award for acting excellence was presented to Helen Mirren, Russia Today reports. Mirren, who is half-Russian, was given the award whose full title is the lengthy “The Special Prize for the Outstanding Achievement in the Career of Acting and Devotion to the Principles of the K. Stanislavsky School.”

The Oscar-winning British actress said it was an incredible award to her. “I am immensely honored,” the actress said. “Stanislavsky’s name is obviously of enormous importance to us actors. It is impossible really to say how important Stanislavsky is, not just for theater acting, obviously that was where his influence started, but it then went on to film acting.”

Her film “The Debt,” about three Mossad agents searching for a Nazi war criminal they thought they had killed decades ago, closed the festival.

This year’s winner of the coveted Golden George is the Spanish movie “The Waves”, directed by Alberto Morais. It is the second year in a row that a Spanish language movie has won the best film prize at the Moscow International Film Festival. “The Waves” also got the best actor prize, which went to Carlos Alvarez-Novoa.

Among the films generating the biggest buzz at the 33rd edition of the Moscow film marathon were two Russian films – the black-and-white drama from one of the most promising young Russian directors Heart's Boomerang, by Nikolay Khomeriki, and a lengthy human relationships movie, Chapiteau-Show, from Sergey Loban. Chapiteau-Show won the special jury prize, the Silver George award.

Another film, or rather its director, making waves in Moscow was Leaving, from the last president of Czechoslovakia and first president of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel. His intimate drama relating to an experience which Havel has gone through himself, the loss of power, has been also inspired by The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov, and Shakespeare's King Lear.

The best director award went to Wong Ching-Po for “Fuk Sau Che Chi Sei,” or “Revenge: A Love Story.” Other Silver George winners were Carlos Alvarez-Novoa, who starred in “The Waves,” for best actor and Urszula Grabowska in the Polish film “Joanna” for best actress.

One of the strongest parts of the festival was its documentary section. Danfung Dennis’ “Hell and Back Again,” a look at the war in Afghanistan and what it is like to lead men into war, won the best film prize in the inaugural documentary competition program.

Russkiy Mir Foundation Information Service


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