Sergey Solovyov received a prize at the opening ceremony
On Sunday evening, June 9, the 30th Russian Kinotavr festival opened in Sochi. The ceremony was traditionally held in the Winter Theater. Plenty of movie and show business stars visited the ceremony. The event was also visited by the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky. He made a welcoming speech, noting that the festival has become a recognized showcase of modern cinema, which makes viewers think, and also read out a greeting from the Russian President Vladimir Putin. Dmitry Medvedev gave another greeting to the participants of the festival in a telegram –Fedor Bondarchuk, chairman of the board of trustees, the director, read it out.
Following the Kinotavr opening ceremony, the first prize of the festival was awarded. Sergey Solovyov, the director, received the honorary award “For the freedom of spirit and firmness of conviction”. The prize was presented by the president of the film festival Aleksandr Rodnyansky. Solovyov thanked for the award, calling the movie festival, its organizers and participants his full-fledged family.
This year 15 films were included in the main competition program. The actor Konstantin Khabensky became the chairman of the jury of the main competition. The jury also included the composer Alexey Aigi, film expert Anzhelika Artyukh, director Rezo Gigineishvili, scriptwriter and director Natalia Meschaninova, cameraman Alisher Khamidhojaev, actress Anna Chipovskaya.
Opening the festival, Konstantin Khabensky expressed his support for the arrested journalist of "Medusa" Ivan Golunov, accused of attempting to sell drugs. “This is a festival that always has a point of view, its own truth, its audience. I think this is one of its most powerful features. But it turns out that this may be the most vulnerable spot. So it turns out that today they are trying to “imprison” one inconvenient journalist who is trying to tell the truth, said the actor. “If this works out, then tomorrow this wonderful festival can also become “inconvenient”... Therefore, we should be together so that no one tries to do this with us and with our friends.”
The festival opened with a demonstration of Valery Todorovsky’s “Odessa” film. The first competitive screenings began on Monday, June 10th. The film review will last until June 16.