Thursday, 13 November 2014

Russian Films Take Top Prizes at Cottbus Festival

Ivan Tverdovsky's Corrections Class, which won Karlovy Vary's East of the West competition in July, took the event's main prize worth $25,000, and Test won best director and $10,000 for helmer Alexander Kott. 

The festival, held in a small former East German town southeast of Berlin, is one of the world's leading showcases of movies from Soviet and former Warsaw Pact countries.

Tverdovsky's film, his feature debut, is about a paraplegic named Lena who learns how emotionally unstable personal relations can be among young people on the edge of society. The Cottbus jury was impressed by its "unsentimental, unpretentious approach to an important social issue by an excellent ensemble of actors."

Kott's "quirky and visually stunning" film, based on an obscure chapter in postwar Soviet history, is about a young woman involved in a love triangle.

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