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The Sakhalin International Film Festival "The Edge of the World"

The international festival "Edge of the World" has ended on Sakhalin. The guests of the festival were director Alexander Sokurov, People's Artist of the RSFSR Zinaida Kirienko, People's Artist of Russia Alexei Buldakov, actress Victoria Tolstoganova, director Alexander Strizhenov and his wife, actress Yekaterina Strizhenova, TV presenter Mikhail Shats and other stars of national cinema and television.

The solemn closing ceremony of the forum was welcomed by the Deputy Governor of the Sakhalin Oblast, Sergey Karaganov. He noted that the last film forum was a real holiday for the islanders and on behalf of the governor Alexander Khoroshavin thanked the organizers of the forum, its guests and participants.

The competition program of the festival included 11 films. This year the forum has significantly expanded its scope. There were new areas and formats: the workshop of urban studies, open lectures on architecture.

The jury, headed by the master of Russian cinema Vadim Abdrashitov, announced its verdict. The Grand Prix of the festival, together with a certificate for one million rubles, went to the Indian film "Theseus' Ship" directed by Anand Gandhi. The actor of the same film, Neeraj Kabi, was awarded for Best Actor.

The prize for the best director went to Levan Koguashvili, author of the film "Blind Dating" (Georgia - Ukraine). One of the most coveted awards of any festival - for Best Actress - went to the Japanese actress Jun Yosinaga (Quiet the Water, Japan - France - Spain, director Naomi Kawase). The prize of the honorary president of the festival, Alla Surikova, was awarded to Oksana Bychkova for the film "One More Year", which opened the film forum. The special jury prize was awarded to the director of the film "Correction Class" Ivan Tverdovsky. And the Sakhalin audience gave their sympathy to the film "Star".

- There is an opinion that auteur cinema and the modern audience are incompatible things. Our festival proves the opposite. We see a great interest of Sakhalin residents in serious cinema, which stands out from the general range of commercial films. And this suggests that we are ripe for deep and thoughtful cinema. And in many respects this is the merit of the festival, - concluded Sergey Karaganov.

Film screenings were held at three venues: in the hall of the Chekhov International Theater Center of Sakhalin, in the Komsomolets Cinema and Concert Hall, as well as in an open-air cinema equipped near the Government House. During the festival, Sakhalin residents saw about 100 Russian and foreign films.

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