ON OCTOBER  25, 2021 THE AWARDING CEREMONY OF THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARD

“EAST — WEST. GOLDEN ARCH” TOOK PLACE AT THE KHUDOZHESTVENNY CINEMA

 

The international film award “East — West. Golden Arch” established by the International Confederation of the Filmmakers Unions and the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund was held on October 25, 2021 at the Khudozhestvenny cinema and was supported by the Presidential Grants Fund, the Development and Support Fund of Social and Cultural, Charitable, Scientific and Educational projects "R. A. Fund" and Moskino.

It is awarded for achievements in the field of cinematography to the best authors of films produced in Eastern Europe and Western Asia. This year winners for 2020 and 2021 were awarded at the ceremony.

The ceremony was opened by Rustam Ibragimbekov, screenwriter, Chairperson of the Confederation of Cinematographic Unions, mastermind and founder of the Award. In his address from the stage he sincerely thanked all present for support and opportunity to meet in the flesh during this difficult time.

 

LIST OF THE WINNERS

 

 

1. Best Feature Film

 

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, director Radu Jude (Romania, Luxemburg, Croatia, Czech Republic)

 

The award was presented by Andrey Plakhov, film expert, film critic and program director of the Award. He noted that the main prize of the Award was rightfully given to the Romanian cinematography holding a leading position in the world independent cinema for a long time.

 

2. Best Debut

Beginning, director Déa Kulumbegashvili (Georgia, France)

 

The prize was presented by Natalya Mokritskaya, producer and director general of Moskino. As a producer of debut films of Kirill Serebrennikov, Ivan I. Tverdovskiy, Semen Serzin and other Russian film makers, she noted that she likes to work with debutantes best as a director puts his or her heart and soul into the first work and still listens to his or her producer.

3. Best Documentary

Collective, director Alexander Nanau (Luxembourg, Romania)

 

The prize was presented by Evgenia Markova, CEO of ROSKINO. In her speech she made a particular note of the Award importance in the international promotion of the Russian cinema abroad, as well as new opportunities to integrate the national films in the international context.

 

4. Best Director

The prize was shared by:

 

1. Andrey Konchalovsky, Dear comrades! (Russia) /

2. Jasmila Žbanić, Where are you going, Aida? (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Norway, Turkey)

 

Mikhail Shvydkoy, Special Representative of Russian President on International Cultural Cooperation, presented the prize.

 

5. Best Lead Actress 

Jasna Djuricic, Where are you going, Aida?, director Jasmila Žbanić (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Norway, Turkey)

The prize was presented by Evgeny Tsyganov, actor, who said that women are generally better than men and there's no use arguing with that.

 

6. Best Supporting Actor

Lars Eidinger, Persian Lessons, director Vadim Perelman (Russia, Belarus, Germany)

 

The award was received for the actor by Ilya Tsofin, screenwriter, and one of the film producers Pavel Burya. Ilya Tsofin promised that he would soon personally give the prize to Lars Eidinger as both of them live in Berlin.

 

Olga Kabo, People's Artist of the Chechen Republic and Meritorious Artist of Russia, presented the prize.

 

7. Best Lead Actor    

Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Persian Lessons, director Vadim Perelman (Russia, Belarus, Argentina)

The prize was received by screenwriter Ilya Tsofin and producer Pavel Burya.

 

Ulia Snigir presented the prize. The actress thanked the award organizers and noted that this award is the most intelligent and her favourite film award in Moscow.

 

8. Best Music

Dmitri Shostakovich, Andrey Khrzhanovskiy, The nose or the conspiracy of mavericks, director Andrey Khrzhanovskiy (Russia)

 

The prize was presented by Alisa Khazanova, director and actress. She said that, from the point of view of modern technologies music create an augmented reality to a film and the film's soundtrack sometimes becomes its hallmark.

 

9. Best Screenplay

Cristi Puiu, Malmkrog, director Cristi Puiu (Romania)

 

The prize was presented by Alexey Chupov and Natalya Merkulova, screenwriters and directors. They noted that profession of screenwriter is one of the most important and at the same time the most discriminated in the cinematographic community as all credit goes to directors and producers, and also thanked the award for this nomination. They specifically noted that all screenwriters nominated this year are already acknowledged classics of the modern independent films and it is a great honour to present the prize to any of them.

 

10. Best Cinematography

Jürgen Jürges, Dau. Degeneration, directors Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, Ilya Permyakov (Germany)

 

The prize was presented by Vadim Abdrashitov, People's Artist of Russia, director and teacher.

In his answering speech via conference call from Germany Jürgen Jürges, who worked with Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders, thanked the organizing committee of the Award for a great appreciation of his work and expressed his regret that he couldn't come to the ceremony in Russia due to external factors.

 

11. Best Art Director

Nina Vasenina, Sergey Fevralev, The north wind, director Renata Litvinova (Russia)

 

The prize was presented by Sergei Ivanov, legendary art director, who was first to come up on stage of the Khudozhestvenny cinema and authoritatively declared that as cinema is the art of visionaries the profession of artist who creates a world of the film is the main in it.

 

12. Best Supporting Actress

The prize was shared by Agathe Bosch, Malmkrog, director Cristi Puiu (Romania)

 and Olga Lapshina, Conference, director Ivan I. Tverdovskiy (Russia, Estonia, United Kingdom, Italy)

The prize was presented by director Nikolay Khomeriki, the winner of Kinotavr 2021. Receiving the prize Olga Lapshina said that it is her favourite role and thanked favourite profession for this longer-for prize and these incredible emptions.

 

13. Special Prize of the Award for The Contribution To Cinema

was presented by Andrey Plakhov, program director of the Award, to Garri Bardin, which elicited long applause from the audience.

 

 The special nominee in the category For contribution to cinema is determined by the Guardian Council and the Award Executive Board.

 

"It is a great honour and joy for me to present this prize to a man that I respect very much and whose work I have been admiring for a long time. This is Garri Bardin. You all know him and his films. He directed quite a lot: The Coiling Prankster, The Ugly Duckling, Choo-Choo, Adagio...

These films are widely different, they are even made from different materials: some of them are made from plasticine, as well as the films' characters, some of them - from coil, some of them - from paper", Andrey Plakhov, art-director of the film award said.

According to him, "the main thing is that all these films are made from the material that doesn't exist in nature and that is worked out only by human heart. I think this is the main thing in the creative work of Garri Bardin".

 

Receiving the prize Garri Bardin said: "Appreciation of your work by colleagues is worth its weight in gold. Thank you, colleagues, thank you, friends, for a high opinion of my work. I hope that I'll keep working."

 

14. Special Prize for the unique international film project with an original screenplay idea and talented artistic solution was presented to the film Persian Lessons by Konstantin Khabensky, People's Artist of Russia.

 

Konstantin said that a lot of years ago he read the screenplay and dreamed to work in this wonderful project and regretted that it didn't happen.

 

The prize was also received by Pavel Burya, producer of the film, and Ilya Tsofin, screenwriter.

 

The Award "East-West. Golden Arch" is one of the most important and prestigious international Awards that take place in Russia, and is of great international importance in the world cinema.

The ceremony is annually attended by the first persons of the Russian cinema and international film critics.

 

This year Alexander Weinstein, Irina Bezrukova, Yulia Skvortsova, Natalya Merkulova, Alexey Chupov, Alisa Khazanova, Irina Volskaya, Konstantin Khabensky, Yulia Snigir, Evgeny Tsyganov, Alexander Siradekyan, Olga Kabo, Archil Gelovani, Pavel Burya, Maxim Polzikov, Philipp Reinhard, Katya Filippova, Anton Malishev, Pavel Chukhray, Evgenia Markova and others came to the Khudozhestvenny cinema to support colleagues.

 

After the ceremony guests visited afterparty at the Azerbaijani restaurant Caspian, where speaking all languages they continued to discuss the Award and relevant film issues on the topic whether "cinema and masks are compatible", how will the future cinema look like, and the wish to return to usual reality and emotional persuasion in the world cinema without masks and restrictions.

 

In 2021 the Award was supported by the Presidential Grants Fund as a socially important project.

 

 

 

THE AWARDING CEREMONY OF THE INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARD "EAST – WEST. GOLDEN ARCH"

 

On October 25, 2021, the awarding ceremony of the annual International Film Award "East-West. Golden Arch" will be held at the Khudozhestvenny cinema in Moscow and will be supported by the Presidential Grants Fund, the Development and Support Fund of Social and Cultural, Charitable, Scientific and Educational projects "R. A. Fund" and Moskino. This year winners for 2020 and 2021 will be awarded at the ceremony.

 

The International Film Award "East-West. Golden Arch" was established by the International Confederation of the Filmmakers Unions headed by Rustam Ibragimbekov, screenwriter, and the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund headed by Leonid Drachevsky. It is awarded for achievements in the field of cinematography to the best authors of films produced in Eastern Europe and Western Asia. The organisers aim not only to promote the work of filmmakers producing cinema at this territory, but also to create a platform for strengthening ties between cultural and social communities from different countries.

 

The award seeks to encourage and promote bright art achievements and discoveries appearing at the crossroad of traditions and cultures, to draw attention to compelling artistic processes, which take place here and which are often overshadowed by more commercial, predominantly English-language cinema.

 

The Jury included Andrey Plakhov, a well-known Russian film expert, film critic, honorary president of the International Federation of Film Press and art-director of the film award.

 

"We have enough awards based on the principle: we film by ourselves, we award by ourselves. That is why we decided to benefit from the excellent experience of the Golden Globe Award. As you know, this is an authoritative American Film Award where foreign journalists accredited in the USA make judgement of American films. We have the same system, only the journalists included in the jury of the Film Award "East-West. Golden Arch" reside not in Russia. They live in the countries not included in the list of states whose films were nominated."

 

Chairperson of the executive board of the Award – Rustam Ibragimbekov.

 

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

 

For the full list of the jury go to https://www.eurasiacinema.org/zhuri-kinopremii

 

Following the results of the international jury voting, the shortlist of the Award consisting of 13 nominations included 23 films from 29 countries. Among the participants of the "Golden Arch" shortlist are "Collective", a documentary film by Alexander Nanau, with two Oscar nominations; "Where are you going, Aida?" by Jasmila Žbanić, also Oscar-nominated for Best International Feature Film; "Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn" by Radu Jude, winner of the Berlin Film Festival of this year, and "Malmkrog" directed by Cristi Puiu who has received the Best Director award in Berlinare 2020. Works of Russian filmmakers were nominated in almost all award categories. This year two Russian films at once are nominated in the Best feature film category: "Dear comrades!" by Andrey Konchalovsky and "Scarecrow" by Dmitrii Davydov. Best documentary - "The foundation pit" by Andrey Gryazev, Best debut - "The whaler boy" by Philipp Yuryev, Best art director - three Russian films at once: "The nose or the conspiracy of mavericks" by Andrey Khrzhanovskiy, "The north wind" by Renata Litvinova and "The Last "Darling Bulgaria"" by Aleksey Fedorchenko. Evgueni Galperine and Sasha Galperine for the soundtrack to "Persian Lessons" by Vadim Perelman, Zemfira for the soundtrack "The north wind", and Andrey Khrzhanovskiy for musical piece based on Dmitri Shostakovich's work to the film "The nose or the conspiracy of mavericks" may receive award for Best music.

 

Actors Nahuel Pérez Biscayart and Lars Eidinger ("Persian Lessons") are nominated for Best lead actor and Best supporting actor. Actresses Yuliya Vysotskaya ("Dear comrades!") and Valentina Romanova ("Scarecrow") are nominated in the Best lead actress category. Olga Lapshina who played in "Conference" directed by Ivan I. Tverdovskiy is nominated in the Best supporting actress category. Ilya Tsofin ("Persian Lessons") is nominated for Best screenplay and Jürgen Jürges "Dau. Degeneration", directors Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, Ilya Permyakov (Germany), is nominated in the Best cinematography category.

 

A total of 65 films from 39 countries were longlisted: 39 narrative films, 19 documentaries and 7 directorial debuts. 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 full long and shortlists of the Film Award are available on the official website: https://www.eurasiacinema.org/nominanty

 

The special nominee in the category For contribution to cinema is determined by the Guardian Council and the Award Executive Board. This year Garri Bardin, a director, owner of the “Golden Olive-Branch” of the Cannes Festival, will receive the award.

 

The awarding ceremony of the Film Award at the Khudozhestvenny cinema is expected to be attended by: Konstantin Khabensky, Renata Litvinova, Evgeny Tsyganov, Yulia Snigir, Ilya Stewart, Murad Osmann, Olga Sutulova, Rezo Gigineishvili, Sonya Karpunina, Sofiko Shevardnadze, Alisa Khazanova, Svetlana Ustinova, Ilya Tsofin and others.

 

Accreditation for mass media: pr.eastwest2021@gmail.com

 

 

SPECIAL FILM SCREENINGS

 

From 20 to 24 October film screenings from the shortlist of the Film Award "East-West. Golden Arch" will be taken place at the Grand Hall of the West wing of the New Tretyakov Gallery, which will be supported by the Development and Support Fund of Social and Cultural, Charitable, Scientific and Educational projects "R. A. Fund".

 

Showtimes: https://www.tretyakovgallery.ru/cinema/o/programma-kinematograficheskoy-premii-vostok-zapad-zolotaya-arka-

 

PROGRAMME:

 

Natural Light

Country: Hungary, Latvia, France, Germany

Year: 2020

Director: Dénes Nagy

Cast: Ferenc Szabó, László Bajkó, Tamás Garbacz and others.

 

Awards: Silver Berlin Bear in the Best Director category at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival (2021).

 

Storyline:

World War II. At the territory of the occupied Soviet Union Semetka, a simple Hungarian farmer, serves as a Caporal in a special unit scouting for partisan groups. On their way to a remote village, his company falls under enemy fire. As the commander is killed, Semetka has to overcome his fears and take command of the unit. He is dragged into a chaos that he cannot control.

The film is screened in its original language with Russian subtitles.

 

Malmkrog

Country: Romania, Serbia, Switzerland, Sweden, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia.

Year: 2020

Director: Cristi Puiu

Cast: Frédéric Schulz-Richard, Agathe Bosch, Marina Palii

 

Awards: Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival 2020.

 

Storyline: An aristocrat invites to his mansion for Christmas elite, among which are a politician, a young countess, a General and his wife. They make small talk, play and discuss new forms of governance in the time of coming changes, progress and moral, death and devil. As the discussion becomes more heated, cultural differences between the opponents are becoming more obvious, and tensions simmer in the mansion. Eventually, each of them is turned out to be a victim of his or her own point of view.

The film is screened in French with Russian subtitles.

 

Collective

Country: Romania, Luxemburg, Germany

Year: 2019

Director: Alexander Nanau

Cast: Razvan Lutac, Mirela Neag, Catalin Tolontan

 

Awards: Best Documentary from the European Film Awards in 2020.

 

Nominations: Oscar 2021 (Best Documentary Feature, Best International Feature Film)

 

Storyline: After a tragic fire in a club more burn victims begin dying in hospitals from wounds that were not life-threatening. A group of journalists starts an investigation and uncovers cases of extensive corruption in the health care system and other government institutions.

The film is screened in its original language with Russian subtitles.

 

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Norway, Turkey

Year: 2020

Director: Jasmila Zbanic

Cast: Jasna Djuricic, Izudin Bajrovic, Boris Ler

 

Awards: Award of the Word Catholic Association for Communication (SIGNIS) and Brian of Nazareth Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2020.

 

Nominations: Oscar 2021 (Best International Feature Film)

 

Storyline: Aida is a translator for the UN Dutch Army contingents. In Srebrenica her husband and sons live, they are at a risk of death. Both parties to the conflict ignore the UN ultimatum and Aida understands that blue helmets won't be able to stop the bloodshed. Using insider information the woman tries to save her family at the risk of her own life.

The film is screened in its original language with Russian subtitles.

 

 

EDUCATIONAL SPACE. PRESS-CONFERENCE, SEMINAR, ROUND TABLE

 

Within the Film Award and with support of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund this year an educational space was established, which offers opportunities for guests and participants to visit the following events:

 

  • PRESS-CONFERENCE

  • SEMINAR on the topic of "Evolution of film festivals and artistic priorities during the pandemic"

  • ROUND TABLE of international film experts on the topic of "Latest tendencies in independent and arthouse films"

 

Date: October 25, 2021

Place: Moscow, Noviy Arbat 21, bld. 2, Brosko Hotel

Time: from 12:00 till 15:30 (Moscow time)

 

Presidium:

  • Rustam Ibragimbekov, a member of the American and European Film Academies, a member of the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences "Nika", Chairperson of the Confederation of Cinematographic Unions, Chairperson of the Film Award Board

  • Andrey Plakhov, a Russian film critic and expert, public figure of the international film festival movement, honorary president of the International Federation of Film Press and art-director of the Film award

Konstantin Shavlovsky, moderator, Russian film critic and expert, deputy art-director of the Film award

 

The round-table and press-conference with the leading international information agencies will become an expert platform to discuss a relevant situation in the field of culture and art. Within these events the best practices of cinema will be discussed. Achievements of national cinematographies and their role in the strengthening and networking between the Eurasian cinematographies will be appraised and the work made within the project will be analysed.

 

The seminar in itself is unique and will allow young specialists: directors, screenwriters, critics, producers, actors, and journalists receiving education in Russia, to get acquainted with the outstanding works of filmmakers from various countries of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, dive into a cognitive process, connect with knowledge and get an invaluable experience of the acknowledged masters of the Eurasian cinematography.

 

Accreditation for mass media: pr.eastwest2021@gmail.com

 

 

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Film screenings from the shortlist of the Film Award "East-West. Golden Arch" will be taken place at the Grand Hall of the West wing of the New Tretyakov Gallery, which will be supported by the Development and Support Fund of Social and Cultural, Charitable, Scientific and Educational projects "R. A. Fund".

 

PROGRAMME:

 

"Natural Light" on October 21, 19:00

Country: Hungary, Latvia, France, Germany

Year: 2020

Director: Dénes Nagy

Cast: Ferenc Szabó, László Bajkó, Tamás Garbacz and others.

Awards: Silver Berlin Bear in the Best Director category at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival (2021).

 

"Collective" on October 22, 19:00

Country: Romania, Luxemburg, Germany

Year: 2019

Director: Alexander Nanau

Cast: Razvan Lutac, Mirela Neag, Catalin Tolontan

Awards: Best Documentary from the European Film Awards in 2020.

Nominations: Oscar 2021 (Best Documentary Feature, Best International Feature Film)

 

"Quo Vadis, Aida?" on October 23, 15:00

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Norway, Turkey

Year: 2020

Director: Jasmila Zbanic

Cast: Jasna Djuricic, Izudin Bajrovic, Boris Ler

Awards: Award of the Word Catholic Association for Communication (SIGNIS) and Brian of Nazareth Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2020.

Nominations: Oscar 2021 (Best International Feature Film)

 

"Malmkrog" on October 24, 15:30

Country: Romania, Serbia, Switzerland, Sweden, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia.

Year: 2020

Director: Cristi Puiu

Cast: Frédéric Schulz-Richard, Agathe Bosch, Marina Palii

Awards: Encounters Award - Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival 2020.

 

The films are screened in its original language with Russian subtitles.

To sign up for the screening send an email to eurasiacinema@mail.ru, indicating your surname and name and film title.

 

 

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 Konchalovsky and "Scarecrow" by Dmitrii Davydov. Andrey Konchalovsky 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 Kobari, 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 Konchalovsky (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 Konchalovsky, 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 Konchalovsky, Dear Comrades!, director Andreу Konchalovsky (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 Konchalovsky (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. Denis Shibanov, 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, Germany)
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, Germany)
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 Konchalovsky (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, Germany)
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 Andrey 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 Kobari, 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!, Andrey 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, Germany)
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