Acclaimed Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky has pulled his newest movie from the nation’s prestigious White Elephants Awards in protest at plans to honor opposition chief Alexei Navalny on the occasion.
In a message on Fb, the 83-year-old stated he had requested that “Expensive Comrades!” — nominated for greatest movie and likewise shortlisted for the 93rd Academy Awards — be withdrawn from consideration on the competition, as he didn’t need it to be judged alongside political work by the jailed Kremlin critic.
He was referring to a choice at hand Navalny and his staff an award within the Occasion of the Yr class for his or her video documentaries on state corruption which have been seen by hundreds of thousands on YouTube.
“This award is without doubt one of the most vital in Russian cinema for me, because it means recognition of the movie’s artwork worth from the skilled group,” Konchalovsky wrote.
He denounced the award given to Navalny’s “journalistic mission that one can think about a political act however can on no account be judged by way of the lens” of filmmaking.
Navalny, 44, went on starvation strike final week to demand satisfactory medical remedy on the jail the place he’s being held.
He was arrested on his return to Russia in January, after spending months in Germany recovering from a poisoning final summer time that he blames on the Kremlin.
In contrast to his youthful brother, the Oscar-winning director of “Burnt by the Solar”, Nikita Mikhalkov, who has all the time been near Russian President Vladimir Putin, Konchalovsky has maintained a diplomatic distance from the Kremlin.
Earlier this yr, nonetheless, he got here out in assist of a constitutional referendum that would enable Putin to remain in energy to 2036.
Konchalovsky, who lived in america for a few years and whose Hollywood films embody “Tango and Money” and “Runaway Prepare”, settled once more Russia within the 1990s and has usually been vital of western tradition.