MOSCOW — Mikhail Kalatozishvili’s atmospheric and haunting film “Dikoe pole” (Wild Field) was named best film of the year at Russia’s Golden Eagle national film awards.
The story of a young doctor who goes to work in a remote but beautiful region of central Asia believing his fiancee will join him also took best screenplay (posthumously awarded to Pyotr Lutsik and Alexei Samoriadov), and music nods — repeating its performance in Sochi at last year’s Russian national film festival, Kinotavr, where it also won plaudits in these two categories.
Karen Shakhnazarov, head of Mosfilm Studios — where the awards ceremony took place Friday — did not have far to go to pick up his best director prize for his pic “Ischeznuvshaya imperiya” (Vanished Empire).
Best actor was Konstantin Khabensky for his role as Admiral Kolchak in romantic wartime costume drama “Admiral,” which was helmed by Andre Kravchuk.
The film, which took more than $33 million at the Russian box office last year — the third biggest gross after “Irony of Fate: 2” and “Madagascar: Escape2Africa” — was the only local blockbuster to win an award in an evening dominated by arthouse fare.
Best actress was Kseniya Rappoport for her role as a mother who loses her teenaged son during a strange winter visit to a remote Russian town in “Yuryev den” (Yuri’s Day). Rappoport also shared a television acting prize with Vladimir Mashkov for their roles in TV series “Likvidatsya” (Liquidation). The drama also won best TV series of more than 10 episodes.
The best TV series of fewer than 10 episodes was “Diversant: Konets voinyi” (Saboteur: The End of the War).
Best animated film was Elizabeta Skvortsova’s “Kolibelnye mira” (Lullabies of the World); best foreign film was Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood.”
The Golden Eagles, founded in 2002, is one of two rival national awards. The older awards, the Nikas, take place in Moscow in April.