Russian director Andrei Zaitsev won the “Best Film Director” award at the 11th Beijing International Film Festival for his film “The Siege Diaries”.
This was stated by a spokesman for the Russian Embassy in the People’s Republic of China.
The director of the film Andrei Zaitsev said in a video message to the participants of the ceremony: “It is necessary to always bring such tragedies back to the minds of the people and humanity. Therefore, I consider it important to participate in this ceremony.”
The film tells the story of a young woman who bury her husband when he passes out to see his father one last time and apologize. The film’s screenplay is based on the writings of the late writers Olga Bergolds and Daniel Gronin, and the memoirs of witnesses to the siege.
The film “Diaries of the Siege” won the Audience Award at the Moscow International Film Festival and the Russian “Golden Eagle” Award for Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay and Best Female Role. The film was also screened at the Cairo International Film Festival and the “Fajr” Film Festival in Tehran.
Notably, the festival featured 15 films, including two Russian films, “The Siege Diaries” directed by Andrei Zaitsev and “The Conference” directed by Ivan Dvertovsky. The festival ended on September 25, but its closing ceremony was closed to the press and the public, and was not broadcast on the festival’s official website until Wednesday, September 29.
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