A final meeting of the Platonov Literature and Arts Award Council has been held today in the Voronezh Region Government.
A number of specialists took part in the meeting chaired by the governor Aleksey Gordeev, such as the Artistic Director of Platonov Arts Festival Mikhail Bychkov; the Head of the Culture Department of the Voronezh Region Emilia Sukhacheva; an expert in literature and a leading Russian researcher in Andrey Platonov artistic heritage Professor Natalya Kornienko; a ballet master and a People's Artist of USSR Vladimir Vasiliev; a theatre critic and the Editor of the Theatre Questions magazine Alexander Vislov; the Editor in Chief of the Commune newspaper Victor Rudenko; the Director of the Podyom magazine Ivan Schelokov and the secretary of the Union of Composers of the Russian Federation Evgeniy Trembovelskiy.
The Members of Platonov Award Council were choosing the winner out of seven nominees selected earlier. The award for "Platonov-like determination in grasping the theme of an individual in the foundation pit of history" was given to the Russian film-maker Alexander Sokurov. His first artistic work was "The Lonely Voice of a Man" film based on Andrey Platonov story, which was given a number of festival awards.
Alexander Sokurov’s name is listed among the European Film Academy’s 100 greatest directors of all time. He is an author of eighteen fiction films and ove thirty documentaries, a winner of many prestigious awards such as United Nations Organization Award, the Vatican Award “Third Millennium”, the Tarkovsky Award, a five-time participant of the Cannes festival, an eight-time winner of the FIPRESCI prize, a winner of two Nika Awards, three-time winner of the TEFI award.
The awarding ceremony of the Platonov Award will be held at one day during the festival. The winner is awarded a diploma, an lapel pin and a one million rubles prize.