Sunday, 9 June 2013

Kinotavr Film Festival announces winners

Director Alexander Veledinsky's The Geographer Drank Away His Globe (2013) won the Grand Prix at the Kinotavr Russian Film Festival in the Olympic city of Sochi on Sunday evening. The screen adaptation of the best-selling book of the same name by Alexei Ivanov follows the life of Viktor Sluzhkin, a teacher of geography in a secondary school in the Ural city of Perm. The comedy chronicles the stresses of his work, family and love for a student. Actor Konstantin Khabensky, who previously played a Russian spy in the British film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), took best actor for his portrayal of Sluzhkin. Made for a Russian audience, it remains to be seen whether the film will gain any platforms internationally.


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