Friday, 9 March 2012

Russian director joins French Legion

Russian director Pavel Lungin is set to receive the highest state decoration of France. The title of Officer of the Legion of Honor will be conferred on the director by the French ambassador. French Ambassador to Russia Jean de Gliniasty will present the award at his Moscow residence on March 12. A reception to mark the occasion is also scheduled for next week. Europe, France in particular, has long known Pavel Lungin as he literally represented Russian cinema in the West. His pictures Taxi Blues (1990) and The Wedding (2000) were screened and awarded at France’s most prestigious film festival, Cannes. Lungin’s drama about one of Russia’s most controversial tsars, Ivan the Terrible, was premiered at Cannes, while his earlier production The Island in 2006 closed another famed film marathon – the Venice Film Festival. The list of Russians decorated by France’s highest state award includes ballet legend Maya Plisetskaya, conductors Valery Gergiev and Yury Bashmet, opera singer Galina Vishnevskaya, director Nikita Mikhalkov and others. RT

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