The Jury of the "Golden Apricot" International Film Festival in Yerevan has awarded the prize for the best feature film to Sergei Loznitsa’s "IN THE FOG".
After the awards ceremony Loznitsa told the Armenian news agency Pan.ARMENIAN.Net that he plans to make a film in Armenia. "I feel almost as if it is my duty; I feel a very particular bond with this land. I have already started thinking about a documentary film, which I could shoot here," – said the director.
"IN THE FOG", the recipient of the FIPRESCI prize in Cannes and the Grand Prix of the Andrei Tarkovsky IFF "Zerkalo", continues its worldwide festival tour with the forthcoming festival premieres in Odessa, Melbourne, Toronto, London, Busan and Sao Paolo.
Sergei Loznitsa arrived in Yerevan from Portugal, where he had just completed the shooting of his new documentary "O Milagre de Santo António" ("The Miracle of St Anthony"). The filming took place in the village of Santo António in the northern region of Valdreu, during the festival dedicated to Portugal’s most revered saint. "O Milagre de Santo António" will have its international premiere in August 2012 at the Locarno IFF.
Sergei Loznitsa was born on September, 5th 1964 in Baranovichi (Belarus, former USSR). He grew up in Kiev, and in 1987 graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic with a degree in Applied Mathematics. In 1987-1991 he worked as a scientist at the Kiev Institute of Cybernetics, specializing in artificial intelligence research. He also worked as a translator from Japanese.
In 1997 he graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), where he studied feature film making.
Sergei Loznitsa has been making documentary films since 1996, and he has directed 12 documentaries. He has received numerous international and national awards, including festival prizes in Karlovy Vary, Leipzig, Oberhausen, Paris, Madrid, Toronto, Jerusalem, St-Petersburg, as well as the Russian National Film awards "Nika" and "Laurel". Sergei Loznitsa’s montage film "Blockade" (2005) is based on the archive footage of besieged Leningrad.
Loznitsa’s feature debut "MY JOY" (2010) premiered in the main competition at the Festival de Cannes and was awarded the Best Director’s prize and the prize of the Russian Film Critic’s Guild at the "Kinotavr" FF in Sochi, the Grand Prix at the VOICES IFF in Vologda, the "Silver Apricot" award at the IFF in Yerevan, the Best Script award at the "Kinoshock" IFF in Anapa, the FIPRESCI Prize and the Grand Prix at the "Molodist" IFF in Kiev, the Grand Prix at the "Listopad" IFF in Minsk, the Grand Prix at the "Black Nights" IFF in Tallinn.
"IN THE FOG" premiered in the competition of the 65th Festival de Cannes in May 2012, where it was awarded FIPRESCI prize. The film won the Grand Prix at the Anrei Tarkovsky IFF "Zerkalo".
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