THE SHORTLIST OF THE INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARD "EAST – WEST. GOLDEN ARCH" HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED

 

The jury of the film award "East-West. The Golden Arch" determined a shortlist of the 2020/2021 nominees. These include films that have already gained international acclaim, as well as films whose presence at international festivals has not been as high profile, but which have become an unmistakable highlight for national cinemas. The shortlist has a total of 13 award categories in which 23 films from 29 countries are nominated. The nominee in the category For contribution to cinema is determined by the Guardian Council and the Award Executive Board.

 

This year two Russian films at once are nominated in the Best feature film category: "Dear comrades" by Andrey Konchalovskiy and "Scarecrow" by Dmitrii Davydov. Andrey Konchalovskiy is also nominated for Best director and Best screenplay with Elena Kiseleva. "Dear comrades" has also a nomination for Best cinematography, and Yuliya Vysotskaya is nominated in the Best lead actress category for her performance in a leading role of Lyuda Semina. In this nomination Yuliya will compete with Valentina Romanova who played the main role in the film "Scarecrow".

 

Works of Russian masters are nominated in almost all award categories. The Russian film "The foundation pit" by Andrey Gryazev received nomination for Best documentary; "The whaler boy" by Philipp Yuryev was nominated for Best debut. There are three Russian films at once in the Best art director category: "The nose or the conspiracy of mavericks" directed by Andrey Khrzhanovskiy, "The north wind" by Renata Litvinova and "The Last "Darling Bulgaria"" by Aleksey Fedorchenko. Our Russian masters were also recognized for Best music with three works: Evgueni Galperine and Sasha Galperine for the soundtrack to "Persian Lessons" by Vadim Perelman, Zemfira for the soundtrack "The north wind" to the so named film of Renata Litvinova, and Andrey Khrzhanovskiy for musical piece based on Dmitri Shostakovich's work to his own film "The nose or the conspiracy of mavericks". Actors of the film "Persian Lessons" Nahuel Pérez Biscayart and Lars Eidinger are nomiated for Best lead actor  and Best supporting actor, respectively. Olga Lapshina who played in "Conference" directed by Ivan I. Tverdovskiy is nominated in the Best supporting actress category.

 

"The list of films in the shortlist is yet another strong evidence that the Russian cinematograph is raising from its knees. This year our films were included in programms of the most large and prestigious festivals."

 

Rustam Ibragimbekov, the Chairman of the Film Award Executive Board

 

The international jury for 2021 consists of 23 film historians and film critics - leading film experts from Asia and Eastern Europe, including:

 

  • Alissa Simon, a regular contributor to Variety, who has curated film programmes at various international film festivals for over 25 years. USA

 

  • Catriona Kelly, Professor at Oxford University, author of many books and articles on the history of Russian culture. United Kingdom

 

  • Barbara Wurm, a member of the selection committee of the Berlin International Film Festival, a professor at Humboldt University of Berlin, and a researcher on the history of Eastern European cinema. Germany

 

  • Alena Shumakova, a selector for the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes International Film Festival, Associate Professor at the University of Bologna. Italy

 

  • Akiko Kabari, a regular contributor to the Fuji Evening News, one of Japan's most popular daily newspapers, and a member of the jury for the Japanese Professional Movie Awards. Japan

 

  • Carlos Eli de Almeida, a regular contributor to leading Brazilian film publications and a member of the Brazilian Film Critics Association. Brazil

 

The International Film Award "East-West. The Golden Arch" was established by the International Confederation of Cinematographic Unions with the participation of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund. It is awarded for achievements in the field of cinematography to the best authors of films produced in Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Traditionally, works from the previous calendar year in 32 countries across Eurasia are presented to the jury. The organisers aim not only to promote the work of contemporary filmmakers, but also to create a platform for strengthening ties between cultural and social communities from different countries.

 

This year the Ceremony combining the awarding of winners for 2020 and 2021 will take place at the end of October in Moscow and will be supported by the Presidential Grants Foundation.

THE SHORTLIST OF THE "EAST-WEST. GOLDEN ARCH" FILM AWARD 2020/2021

Best feature film


1. Dear comrades, director Andrey Konchalovskiy (Russia)
2. Where are you going, Aida?, director Jasmila Žbanić (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Norway, Turkey)
3. Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, director Radu Jude (Romania, Luxembourg, Croatia, Czech Republic)
4. Scarecrow, director Dmitrii Davydov (Russia)

Best documentary

1. Collective, director Alexander Nanau (Luxembourg, Romania)
2. The foundation pit, director Andrey Gryazev (Russia)
3. Taming the Garden, director Salomé Jashi (Switzerland, Germany, Georgia)

Best debut

1. Looking for Venera, director Norika Sefa (Kosovo, Macedonia)
2. The whaler boy, director Philipp Yuryev (Russia, Poland, Belgium)
3. Beginning, director Déa Kulumbegashvili (Georgia, France)

Best director

1. Jasmila Žbanić, Where are you going, Aida? (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Norway, Turkey)
2. Andrey Konchalovskiy, Dear comrades (Russia)
3. Cristi Puiu, Malmkrog (Romania)

Best screenplay

1. Jasmila Žbanić, Where are you going, Aida?, director Jasmila Žbanić (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Norway, Turkey)
2. Elena Kiseleva, Andrey Konchalovskiy, Dear comrades, director Andreу Konchalovskiy (Russia)
3. Cristi Puiu, Malmkrog, director Cristi Puiu (Romania)

Best cinematography

1. Tamás Dobos, Natural Light, director Dénes Nagy (Hungary, France, Germany, Belgium)
2. Andrey Naydenov, Dear comrades, director Andreу Konchalovskiy (Russia)
3. Juraj Chlpik, Servants, director Ivan Ostrochovsky (Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic, Ireland)
4. Jürgen Jürges, Dau. Degeneration, directors Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, Ilya Permyakov (Germany)

Best art director

1. Marina Azizyan, Alexandra Pavlova, Aleksandr Khramtsov, Varya Yakovleva, Anastasiya Sembon, The nose or the conspiracy of mavericks, director Andrey Khrzhanovskiy (Russia)
2. Elena Bekritskaya, Olga Bekritskaya, Lyubov Mingazitinova, Dau. Degeneration, directors Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, Ilya Permyakov (Germany)
3. Nina Vasenina, Sergey Fevralev, Nadezhda Vasileva, The north wind, director Renata Litvinova (Russia)
4. Alexey Maximov, Elena Kamilovskaya, Larisa Mekhonoshina, The Last "Darling Bulgaria", director Aleksey Fedorchenko (Russia)
5. Bektosh Radjabov, 2000 Songs of Farida, director Yalkin Tuychiev (Uzbekistan)

Best music

1. Evgueni Galperine, Sasha Galperine, Persian Lessons, director Vadim Perelman (Russia, Belarus)
2. Cristian Lolea, Miroslav Toth, Servants, director Ivan Ostrochovsky (Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic, Ireland)
3. Zemfira Ramazanova, The north wind, director Renata Litvinova (Russia)
4. Dmitri Shostakovich, Andrey Khrzhanovskiy, The nose or the conspiracy of mavericks, director Andrey Khrzhanovskiy (Russia)

Best lead actor

1. Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Persian Lessons, director Vadim Perelman (Russia, Belarus)
2. Goran Bogdan, Father, director Golubovic Srdan (Serbia)
3. Alec Utgoff, Never Gonna Snow Again, directors Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert (Poland, Germany)

Best lead actress

1. Yuliya Vysotskaya, Dear comrades, director Andrey Konchalovskiy (Russia)
2. Jasna Djuricic, Where are you going, Aida?, director Jasmila Žbanić (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Norway, Turkey)
3. Valentina Romanova, Scarecrow, director Dmitrii Davydov (Russia)

Best supporting actor

1. Lars Eidinger, Persian Lessons, director Vadim Perelman (Russia, Belarus)
2. Boris Isakovic, Where are you going, Aida?, director Jasmila Žbanić (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Norway, Turkey)
3. Frédéric Schulz-Richard, Malmkrog, director Cristi Puiu (Romania)

Best supporting actress

1. Agathe Bosch, Malmkrog, director Cristi Puiu (Romania)
2. Olga Lapshina, Conference, director Ivan I. Tverdovskiy (Russia, Estonia, United Kingdom, Italy)
3. Maja Ostaszewska, Never Gonna Snow Again, directors Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert (Poland, Germany)
4. Shira Haas, Asia, director Ruthy Pribar (Israel)


THE INTERNATIONAL JURY OF THE "EAST–WEST. GOLDEN ARCH" FILM AWARD 2020/2021

1. Birgit Beumers, UK
2. Nancy Condee, USA
3. Hugo Emmerzael, Netherlands
4. Carlos Helí de Almeida, Brazil
5. Cerise Howard, Australia
6. Akiko Kobari, Japan
7. Catriona Kelly, UK
8. Claus Loeser, Germany
9. Barbara Lorey de Lacharrière, France
10. Luciano Monteagudo, Argentina
11. Nikolaj Nikitin, Germany
12. Vladimir Padunov, USA
13. Mirle Raghavendra, India
14. Alissa Simon, USA
15. Swetlana Slapke, Germany
16. Leo Soesanto, France
17. Christina Stojanova, Canada
18. Justine Waddell, UK
19. Saskia Walker, Germany
20. Amber Wilkinson, UK
21. Barbaraba Wurm, Germany
22. Alena Shumakova, Italy
23. Jois Vidyashankar, India

 

 

A LONG LIST OF THE AWARD "EAST-WEST THE GOLDEN ARCH" IS SUBMITTED FOR JURY VOTING


The selection committee of the film award "East-West. The Golden Arch", led by Art Director Andrei Plakhov, presented the jury with a list of films to determine the 2021 nominees. These include films that have already gained international acclaim, as well as films whose presence at international festivals has not been as high profile, but which have become an unmistakable highlight for national cinemas. A total of 65 films from 39 countries were longlisted: 39 narrative films, 19 documentaries and 7 directorial debuts.

This year the jury has been presented with several films from Russia directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, Renata Litvinova, Aleksei Fedorchenko, Ivan I. Tverdovsky, Andrei Khrzhanovsky, Vitaly Suslin, Alexander Mindadze, Dmitry Davydov, Vadim Perelman, Andrei Gryazev, Stasi Grankovskaya, Nikolai N. Victorov, Yuldus Bakhtiozin, Filipp Yuriev, Anastasia Palchikova, Evgenia Ostanina and Semyon Serzin.


The 12 traditional award categories will be joined this year by a new category, "Best Debut", to support young filmmakers whose films have never before been considered by an international jury. The nomination will be a unique opportunity for a new generation of participants to make a continent-wide statement about themselves and their country, and to encourage the development of cinema in their own language.

The international jury for 2021 consists of 25 film historians and film critics - leading film experts from Asia and Eastern Europe, including:

- Alissa Simon, a regular contributor to Variety, who has curated film programmes at various international film festivals for over 25 years. USA

- Catriona Kelly, Professor at Oxford University, author of many books and articles on the history of Russian culture. United Kingdom

- Barbara Wurm, a member of the selection committee of the Berlin International Film Festival, a professor at Humboldt University of Berlin, and a researcher on the history of Eastern European cinema. Germany

- Alena Shumakova, a selector for the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes International Film Festival, Associate Professor at the University of Bologna. Italy

- Akiko Kabari, a regular contributor to the Fuji Evening News, one of Japan's most popular daily newspapers, and a member of the jury for the Japanese Professional Movie Awards. Japan

- Carlos Eli de Almeida, a regular contributor to leading Brazilian film publications and a member of the Brazilian Film Critics Association. Brazil

The International Film Award "East-West. The Golden Arch" was established by the International Confederation of Cinematographic Unions with the participation of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund. It is awarded for achievements in the field of cinematography to the best authors of films produced in Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Traditionally, works from the previous calendar year in 32 countries across Eurasia are presented to the jury. The organisers aim not only to promote the work of contemporary filmmakers, but also to create a platform for strengthening ties between cultural and social communities from different countries.

"The international award was invented by us for films made in countries located at the junction of Europe and Asia," TASS quoted Rustam Ibragimbekov, the chairman of the award, as saying, "For many years there have been distinctive national cinematographies in this territory, which remain in the shadow of the powerful English-language cinema. The aim of the award is to draw the attention of critics and audiences to these films."

The 2021 event will be supported by the Presidential Grants Foundation.

THE LONG LIST OF THE "EAST-WEST. GOLDEN ARCH" CINEMA AWARD 2020/2021

FEATURE FILMS

 

1. A blue flower, Zrinko Ogresta (Croatia, Serbia)
2. Asia, Ruthy Pribar (Israel)
3. Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, Radu Jude (Romania, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Croatia)
4. Bloodsuckers – a Marxist vampire comedy, Julian Radlmaier (Germany)
5. Brother’s keeper, Ferit Karahan (Turkey, Romania)
6. Conference, Ivan I. Tverdovskiy (Russia, Estonia, United Kingdom, Italy)
7. Dau. Degeneration, Ilya Khrzhanovsky, Ilya Permyakov (Germany)
8. Dear comrades, Andrei Konchalovsky (Russia)
9. Digger, Georgis Grigorakis (Greece)
10. Father, Golubovic Srdan (Serbia)
11. Fear, Ivaylo Hristov (Bulgaria)
12. February, Kamen Kalev (Bulgaria, France)
13. Forest – I see you everywhere, Bence Fliegauf (Hungary)
14. Goodbye, Soviet Union, Lauri Randla (Estonia, Finland)
15. In between dying, Hilal Baydarov (Azerbaijan)
16. In the mirror, Laila Pakalnina (Latvia, Lithuania)
17. I never cry, Piotr Domalewski (Poland, Ireland)
18. Kala Azar, Janis Rafa (Greece, Netherlands)
19. Laila in Haifa, Amos Gitai (Israel, France)
20. Malmkrog, Cristi Puiu (Romania)
21. Natural Light, Dénes Nagy (Hungary, France, Germany, Belgium)
22. Never Gonna Snow Again, Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert (Poland, Germany)
23. Papier-mache, Vitaliy Suslin (Russia)
24. Parquet, Aleksandr Mindadze (Russia, Poland, United Kingdom, Romania)
25. Persian Lessons, Vadim Perelman (Russia, Belarus)
26. Scarecrow, Dmitrii Davydov (Russia)
27. Servants, Ivan Ostrochovsky (Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic, Ireland)
28. Should the wind drop, Nora Martirosyan (France, Armenia, Belgium)
29. Sweetie, you won’t believe it, Ernar Nurgaliev (Kazakhstan)
30. The flood won’t come, Marat Sargsyan (Lithuania)
31. The island within, Ru Hasanov (Azerbaijan, France)
32. The Last "Darling Bulgaria", Aleksey Fedorchenko (Russia)
33. The north wind, Renata Litvinova (Russia)
34. The nose or the conspiracy of mavericks, Andrey Khrzhanovsky (Russia)
35. The road to Eden, Dastan Zhapar Uulu, Bakyt Mukul (Kyrgyzstan)
36. 2000 Songs of Farida, Yalkin Tuychiev (Uzbekistan)
37. What do we see when we look at the sky?, Alexandre Koberidze (Georgia, Germany)
38. Where are you going, Aida?, Jasmila Žbanić (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Germany, France, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Turkey)
39. Yellow cat, Adilkhan Yerzhanov (Kazakhstan, France)

DOCUMENTARY FILMS

1. Black Bach Artsakh, Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri (Armenia)
2. Bridges of Time, Audrius Stonys, Kristīne Briede (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia)
3. Caught in the net, Barbora Chalupová, Vít Klusák (Czech Republic, Slovakia)
4. Chermet, Nikolay N. Viktorov (Russia)
5. Cinema of the era of change, Aleksei Fedorchenko (Russia)
6. Collective, Alexander Nanau (Luxembourg, Romania)
7. Courage, Aliaksei Paluyan (Germany)
8. Glory to the Queen, Tatia Skhirtladze (Austria, Serbia, Georgia)
9. Gorbachev.Heaven, Vitaly Mansky (Latvia, Czech Republic)
10. Lost Boys, Joonas Neuvonen, Sadri Cetinkaya (Finland)
11. My Favorite War, Ilze Burkovska – Jacobsen (Norway, Latvia)
12. Nails in my Brain, Hilal Baydarov (Azerbaijan)
13. Rastorguev, Evgeniya Ostanina (Russia)
14. Stasya is me, Stasya Grankovskaya (Russia, Ukraine)
15. Still into you, Anu Kuivalainen (Finland)
16. Taming the Garden, Salomé Jashi (Switzerland, Germany, Georgia)
17. The Exit of the Trains, Radu Jude, Adrian Cioflâncă (Romania)
18. The foundation pit, Andrey Gryazev (Russia)
19. The Red Scarf, Peter Mostovoy (Israel)

 

DEBUTS

1. Beginning, Déa Kulumbegashvili (Georgia, France)
2. #dogpoopgirl, Andrei Hutuleac (Romania)
3. Looking for Venera, Norika Sefa (Kosovo, Macedonia)
4. Man from Podolsk, Semyon Serzin (Russia)
5. Masha, Anastasiya Palchikova (Russia)
6. The whaler boy, Philipp Yuryev (Russia, Poland, Belgium)
7. Tzarevna scaling, Uldus Bakhtiozina (Russia) 

THE INTERNATIONAL JURY OF THE "EAST–WEST.GOLDEN ARCH" FILM AWARD 2020/2021

 

1. Carlos Helí de Almeida, Brazil
2. Jon Asp, Sweden
3. Birgit Beumers, UK
4. Nancy Condee, USA
5. Hugo Emmerzael, Netherlands
6. Cerise Howard, Australia
7. Akiko Kobari, Japan
8. Catriona Kelly, UK
9. Barbara Lorey de Lacharrière, France
10. Claus Loeser, Germany
11. Luciano Monteagudo, Argentina
12. Nikolaj Nikitin, Germany
13. Vladimir Padunov, USA
14. Mirle Raghavendra, India
15. Alena Shumakova, Italy
16. Alissa Simon, USA
17. Swetlana Slapke, Germany
18. Leo Soesanto, France
19. Christina Stojanova, Canada
20. Javier Tolentino, Spain

21. Jois Vidyashankar, India
22. Justine Waddell, UK
23. Saskia Walker, Germany
24. Amber Wilkinson, UK
25. Barbaraba Wurm, Germany