Russian Oscar-winning director Nikita Mikhalkov honored at Locarno

Russian Director Nikita Mikhalkov. Source: Reuters

Russian Director Nikita Mikhalkov. Source: Reuters

Russia's Oscar-winning director has been awarded for his lifetime contribution to the art of cinema.

Russia's Oscar-winning director Nikita Mikhalkov has been awarded the Boccalino d'Oro Independent Critics' Award at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland for his lifetime contribution to the art of cinema.

Unable to accept the award in person, the director expressed his appreciation in a statement.

“The Locarno International Film Festival is one of the top auteur cinema festivals in the world and has a long and proud history,” he said. “I am extremely happy it was this festival that honored me with a special prize for my contribution to cinema, especially since the award is coming from independent critics - who I respect much more than critics who are dependent, on anything or anyone.”

In a letter to the director, the festival organizers said the independent critics present at the event “made a unanimous decision” to award him the Boccalino d'Oro special prize to honor his lifetime achievement, Mikhalkov's press service said.

Burnt By The Sun - Trailer. Source: YouTube

The Locarno International Film Festival is focused on independent cinema, searching for new names in the art. Numerous Russian directors – including Alexey German, Kira Muratova, Alexander Sokurov and Alexey Mizgirev, among others – have been honored by the festival in the past.

First published in Russian in TASS.

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