Mikhail Ptashuk

Director

Director Mikhail Ptashuk died in a Moscow car crash April 27. He was in 58.

Belarus native, named a People’s Artist of Belarus and a winner of the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus, was laid in state before his funeral and was honored by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and Minister of Culture of Belarus Leonid Guliako.

Praised by other directors for his professionalism, Ptashuk has worked at Belarusfilm since 1974. He created more than 30 feature films including “Take Your Pain,” “Black Castle Olshansky,” “The Mark of Misfortune,” “Our Armored Train” and “In August of 1944.” Pics won international fest awards in Spain, Russia, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Yugoslavia and elsewhere.

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