"Violin" by Costa Fam selected by the Golden Eagle Film Academy Award


"Violin" by Costa Fam, the winner of the prestigious Vera Glagoleva SIFFA - 2017 Honorary Award has been selected by the Golden Eagle Film Academy Award in the category for the "Best short film of 2017"! The Golden Eagle Award (Russian: премия Золотой Орёл) is an accolade by the National Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences of Russia to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, directors, actors, and writers. Winners were Andrei Tarkovsky, George Zhzhyonov, Fyodor Khitruk, Tatiana Samoilova, Michel Legrand, and Bernardo Bertolucci and others.
The ceremony of 2018 will take place on January 26 at Mosfilm.
Last year, "Violin" was included in the long list of Oscar nominees. Novella "Violin" completes the trilogy of the almanac "Witnesses" directed by Costa Fam. «Witnesses» is the first feature film in the former Soviet Union produced in memoriam of the Holocaust victims. It is inspired by the director’s visit to Auschwitz where he was struck by a display of thousands of shoes of the concentration camps victims.
The story plot of the film is structured around a unique musical instrument and its incredible and tragic journey, that involved witnessing all the horrors of the war.
The roles were performed by Vladimir Koshevoy, Lenn Kudryavitski, Masha King, Mikhail Gorevoy, Vyacheslav Chepurchenko, Alim Kandour and Maria Zykova. Significant that the destiny of two main heroes played by two professional laureate violinists Aleem Kandour (RCM, UK) and Lenn Kudryavitski (Germany).

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During a tough chapter in UK-Russian relations I was pleased to have been able to attend Luba's special evening... Luba , you are a brave and valiant woman to spearhead such a high-profile project in a hostile environment. But those of us who spent the 23rd with you had the privilege of breathing the same air as the legendary Stephen Frears, the American star Nick Nolte and the superb string ensemble (KANDOUR QUARTET).

Carol Gould,
Political Commentator at British Broadcasting Corporation

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Luba, this is a crucial time for artists to recover their voice, you are helping to restore the connection between all of us, film makers from all over the world. I applaud the philosophy that underpins what you are doing.

Roland Joffé,
the Oscar, BAFTA and Cannes film festival
winning film director of “The Killing Fields” and “The Mission”

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Congratulations on making history, Luba. Thanks to Anatoly Pakhomov, of course! Sochi is the ideal choice for the concept of creating an international film festival designed to restore the face of art to the world through cinema. (…) Russia has always presented to the world the best examples of literature, philosophy, cinema and, in general, culture! And now the new Sochi International Film Awards wrote a new chapter in history with the same concept.

Karl Bardosh,
famous professor of New York university,
director, producer, writer

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A structured and strict concept of a powerful film festival has been formed, and you managed to prove its feasibility. Congratulations on what you have achieved, Luba. You've got proof of concept under your belt now! I thank Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov for supporting the new important film festival.

Elliot Grove,
founder of the Raindance Film Festival
and British Independent Film Awards

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A smashing success! Thank you for bringing Moscow and Sochi delegations, for the unexpected Sochi-wood glamour, the feedback from staff members and external guests was unreservedly positive.

Larry Sherwin,
Deputy Director of Communications of
EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

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Admirable Lubov Balagova-Kandour.
President and Producer of the “IRIDA” First Sochi International Film Awards. Majestic woman and lady of the world. Her motto - nothing is impossible. A woman of words and deeds. Beautiful person and magnificent woman.

Nina Ruchkina
Fashion House owner, dress designer

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