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’72 Meters’ swoops on Russian Eagle

'Our Own' claims triple kudos haul

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MOSCOW — Helmer Vladimir Khotinenko’s drama “72 Meters,” about the plight of the crew of a sinking submarine, carried away Russia’s Golden Eagle for film Jan. 29.

Italian Ennio Morricone snared the composer’s prize for the somber pic, which brings back memories of the Kursk submarine disaster of August 2000 in which 118 crew members died (pic is based on a book written before the tragedy).

Dmitry Meskiev’s World War II drama “Our Own” claimed top perch in the kudos tally, with wins for actor (Sergei Garmash), script (Vladimir Chernikh) and cinematographer (Sergei Machilsky).

Director kudo went to Valery Todorovsky for his Chechen-connected drama “My Stepbrother Frankenstein,” over Meskiev whose “Our Own” was a three-time honoree at June’s Moscow Film Festival.

Garmash was a surprise winner in the actor category over his “Our Own” co-star Bogdan Stupka, who took the Moscow fest award in the category.

Stupka did pick up a supporting award for his appearance in Pavel Chukhrai’s 1960s-period film “A Driver for Vera,” which also took actress for Alyona Babenko. Supporting actress kudo went to “Frankenstein’s” Elena Yakovleva.

Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” won foreign film.

The evening’s star guest was Francis Ford Coppola, who collected a lifetime achievement award. In addition to meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Coppola was feted at the protracted ceremony by the Academy’s chief, helmer Nikita Mikhalkov.

Russian critics weren’t slow to point out that Khotinenko’s “72 Meters” was co-produced by Russian TV web Channel 1, which broadcast the ceremony, with Mikhalkov’s Tri-Te production company. Channel 1 also backed Chukhrai’s “A Driver for Vera.”

Running in its third year, the Eagles — held at studio facility Mosfilm and backed by Russia’s National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — are billed as the local equivalent of the Oscars. However, competition remains intense with rival award body the Nike, which has been going for 15 years.

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

FILM

“72 Meters,” Vladimir Khotinenko

DIRECTOR

Valery Todorovsky, “My Step-brother Frankenstein”

ACTOR

Sergei Garmash, “Our Own”

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Bogdan Stupka, “A Driver for Vera”

ACTRESS

Alyona Babenko, “A Driver for Vera”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Elena Yakovleva, “My Step-brother Frankenstein”

SCRIPT

“Vladimir Chernikh, “Our Own”

CINEMATOGRAPHER

Sergei Machilsky, “Our Own”

COMPOSER

Ennio Morricone, “72 Meters”

ANIMATED FILM

“The Nutcracker,” Tatiana Ilyina, Natalya Malygina, Alexei Shelmanov

DOCUMENTARY

“Mikhail Bulgakov in the Caucasus,” Georgy Natanson

FOREIGN FILM IN RUSSIAN DISTRIBUTION

“The Passion of the Christ,”Mel Gibson

TV SERIAL

“The Sector,” Channel 1

TV ACTRESS

Valentina Talyzina, “The Line of Fate”

TV ACTOR

Sergei Bezrukov, “The Sector”

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Francis Ford Coppola, Yevgeny Samoilov

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