Its sponsors included 14 films in the main competition program and 21 films in the “shorts” program.
Critics unanimously claimed that this Kinotavr was a festival of a new Russian cinema because a majority of presented movies were shot by first-time film directors.
The surprise of the festival was a victory of Shultes which was earlier shown at the Cannes Film Festival. It was a debut-film of Bakur Bakuradze, a story about a short-spoken pickpocket who long ago got in a car accident and since that time started stealing, lying and periodically forgetting his address.
The Jury awarded a prize for the best male role to British theater actor Jethro Skinner (Oxana Bichkova’s Plus One) who outrun both Leg Dolin (a physician from Wild Field) and Peter Logachev (a teacher in Alexei Uchitel’s Captive).
A prize for the best female role was awarded to Kseniya Rappoport (St. George’s Day). She played an opera singer who came to a small town with a 12-year old son where she spent her childhood. The sun disappeared, the heroine was looking for him gradually sinking in the provincial life and changing from a well-groomed lady into a sweeper. .
Alexander Proshkin, meanwhile, picked up the directing nod for the World War II drama "Live and Remember", a movie version of a Valentin Rasputin’s story.
The festival's cinematography prize went to Ilya Demin, director of photography on Alexander Melnik's "Terra Nova".
The best debut-movie was Igor Voloshin’s Nirvana, an experimental film about alternative Petersburg where against the background of usual Petersburg views we see a life of teenagers coloring there faces as tribal men. RIA Novosti.