Golden Unicorn Awards is an annual award ceremony which reflects cross-cultural Russian Film Week mission to bridge a gap between the English-speaking world and the Russian culture. On Saturday, December 1 an award ceremony took place in a ballroom of Sheraton Grand Park Lane hotel in Mayfair, London. The winners in nine nominations were presented with unicorn statuettes which were uniquely made from bohemian crystal glass with 24 kt gold powder.
This year the project “Kak Vitka Chesnok vyoz Lyokhu Shtyrya v dom invalidov” (“How Viktor “The Garlic” took Alexey “The Stud” to the nursing home”) directed by Aleksandr Khant got the greatest number of awards. The film was named the best one, its storyline as well as performance of Evgeniy Tkachuk, the featured actor, gained appreciation. Irina Starshenbaum was named the best actress for her role in the film “Leto” (“Summer”). The best debut award was presented to Timofey Zhalnin for the film “Dvoe” (“Two”). The film “Intonatsiya bolshoi Odessy” (“Intonation of Big Odessa”) directed by Aleksandr Brunkovskiy was named the best documentary project. The short film “Znak” (“Sign”) directed by Svetlana Samoshina and Anna Arushanian was named the best one. The Spanish-Cuban project “Sergio and Sergey” directed by Ernesto Daranasa was named the best foreign fiction film on the Russian theme. The film “Voina snaipera” (“A Sniper’s War”) (USA, Ukraine, Russia) directed by Olga Schechter was named the best foreign documentary film in the same category.
Brian Cox, a British actor, an international jury president of the Golden Unicorn Awards, noted a high professional level of the nominees. “This year it is a particular honour to participate in the Russian Film Week and Golden Unicorn Awards,” Cox stated. “Taking into account the political situation it is quite important to maintain and strengthen our cultural relations. The films I watched during the last week were great, they are made on such a professional level that I hadn’t seen for a long time. It was hard for the jury to make a choice.”
The guests of the ceremony were Natalia Vodianova, Olga Kurilenko, Leonard Blavatnik, Brian Cox, Harry Blain, Princess Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, Aleksey Serebriakov, Danila Kozlovskiy, Mariya Kozhevnikova, Irina Gorbacheva, Aleksey Uchitel, Marina Zudina, Aleksandra Tolstaya, Joe Alvares, Viktoriya Yakubovskaya and other celebrities. Aleksandr Tsypkin, a famous writer, was a ceremony host.
The Penelopes, an official band of the Cannes Festival, Evgeniy Margulis, a Russian bluesman, and Ken Hensley, an ex-soloist of Uriah Heep band, performed at the ceremony.