From the point of view of Russian critics, the best Russian film of the year 2009 is Vasili Sigarev's drama Wolfy (Volchok). It was awarded the prize of film critics and press – the White Elephant. The awarding ceremony took place in the Moscow House of Cinema.
About 100 feature films released this year contended for the title of the best Russian film of 2009.
The film director of the year is Aleksey Balabanov with his Morphine based on Mikhail Bulgakov’s story. Aleksei Mizgiryov is acknowledged the best scriptwriter (the film Buben, baraban), and Alisher Khamidkhodjaev is recognized the best cameraman (Tale in the darkness (Skazka pro temnotu).
The best actor of the year is Oleg Yankovsky (Tsar), and the best actress is Natalya Negoda (Buben, baraban), who returned to filming after 20 years of “silence”.