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‘Wolfy’ leads pack at Russia’s Kinotavr

Bleak dramas dominate national film festival

MOSCOW — A bleak drama about the troubled lives of a mother and her illegitimate daughter, “Volchok” (Wolfy), took the grand prix Saturday at Russia’s national film festival Kinotavr, held in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Set in a poor provincial town where mother and daughter are constantly running from the horrors of lives without purpose, the film also took the White Elephant prize given by Russia’s powerful film critics guild.

The film, which is the feature debut by Urals-born Russian stage director Vasily Sigarev, also took the script and actress kudos for Yana Troyanova for her role as the mother.

Best director went to Ivan Vyrypaev’s “Kislorod” (Oxygen), an episodic love story set to music; it also took prize for music.

Boris Kamorzin was named as best actor for his role in Nikolai Khomeriki’s “Tale in the Darkness” — a film about a Vladisvostok woman shunned by men because she works as a police officer. Khomeriki’s film premiered last month at Cannes in Un Certain Regard.

Cinematography went to Igor Voloshin’s nihilistic but stylistic “Ya” (I Am). Pic was shot by Dmitri Yashonkov, who was d.p. on Voloshin’s St. Petersburg punk underground debut “Nirvana” last year.

A special jury award went to Alexei Mizgiriov’s “Buben Baraban” (Tambourine Drum), about a love triangle set in a provincial mining town.

Foreign critics and festival programmers at Sochi this year unofficially rated the film as one of the stronger in a competition pack populated by overwhelmingly dark and despairing movies.

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