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Konchalovsky wins Special Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival
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The famous Russian film director Andrei Konchalovsky received one of the awards at the Venice Film Festival, RIA Novosti reports. His new feature Dear Comrades! was awarded the Special Jury Prize. The film is based on a real story, the picture tells about the unrest of Novocherkassk workers in 1962, where workers were shot during a strike.
The Russian audience will see the film at the end of autumn. The main character of Konchalovsky's film is a party worker who deeply experiences the tragic events in Novocherkassk in 1962, since they affected his loved ones.
is is not the first time Konchalovsky participated in the competition program of the Venice Film Festival; a number of his films had received awards from the Film Forum before. TheRussian competed for the Golden Lion with films from Mexico, Japan, Iran, Azerbaijan, Israel and other countries.
The main role in the film was played by the director's wife Yulia Vysotskaya.
Konchalovsky himself called the award unexpected. According to him, the organizers are very brave, as they were not afraid to hold a film forum amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The main prize of the festival - Golden Lion - went to film Nomadland by Chloe Zhao. The Silver Lion was awarded to The Spy's Wife by Kieshi Kurosawa.