Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Academy and Award for Barber of Siberia director?

Spielberg doesn’t have one; Coppola doesn’t have one; Von Trier, Tarantino and Kitano will never have one. But the man behind Burnt by the Sun, Oscar-winning Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov is set to open a movie academy bearing his name. The institution will accept actors, film directors and directors of photography on a commercial basis. However, Mikhalkov promises grants will be available for the brightest students. When it comes to cost, the Russian director and actor has no shame. Once notorious for using a special blue siren to speed unchecked through Moscow’s busy streets, Mikhalkov secured a breathtaking budget of $55 million for his latest saga Burnt by the Sun-2. The movie broke all records to become the most expensive production in Russian film history. Notoriously billed as “a great film about a great war,” the sequel however turned out to be a box office flop, receiving scathing reviews in Russian and foreign media. Nevertheless, despite a wave of mass criticism, the Russian Oscar committee decided to nominate the controversial film from the head of Russia's Cinematographers' Union for the upcoming 84th Academy Awards. RT

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