at The Golden Unicorn Awards Russian Film Week © Joe Alvarez
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The organisers of the annual Russian Film Week have announced nominations for the fifth Golden Unicorn Awards. The Nominees have been selected from over four hundred entries across eleven categories.

at The Golden Unicorn Awards Russian Film Week © Joe Alvarez
Maryana Spivak

The unique unicorn statuettes, made of Bohemian crystal glass and decorated with 24-carat gold leaf, will be awarded at a star-studded ceremony on 5 December 2021 at the Haymarket Theatre. It will celebrate achievements of Russian cinematography and international filmmakers creating Russian-themed films. The event is a part of a week-long Russian Film Festival that will take place in the UK from 28 November to 5 December.


Best Film

  • Captain Volkonogov Escaped by N. Merkulova and A. Chupov
  • Doctor Liza by O.Karas
  • Jetlag by M. Idov
  • Palmyra by I. BolotnikovPortrait of a Stranger by S.Osipyan
  • The Dorm by R.Vasyanov
  • The Oath by R.Nesterenko

Best Screenplay

  • A Frenchman (A. Smirnov)
  • Captain Volkonogov Escaped (N.Merkulova, A.Chupov, M.Tanie)
  • Petrov’s Flu (K.Serebrennikov)
  • Portrait of a Stranger (A.Lungin, S.Osipyan, K.Kiyashko)

Best Debut

  • Elsa’s Land by Y.Kolesnik
  • Next Station: Russia by I.Sosnin
  • The Little Warrior by I.Yermolov
  • The Dorm by R.Vasyanov

Best Short Film

  • After us by Inna Tsgoeva
  • Ink Ocean by Ivan Sosnin
  • Higher levels by Aleksey Saprykin,Ekaterina Germ-Uvarova
  • Promises by Lana Vlady
  • White heterosexual male by Gleb Ross
  • Sister by Alina Dotsenko

Best Documentary

  • A Boy by V. Akimov
  • Far Eastern Golgotha by J. Sergina
  • RESUSCITATION by S.Stavinov, А.Timoschenko
  • Waiting List by N. Makhanko
  • Sockeye Salmon.Red fish by Dmitriy Shpilenok,Vladislav Grishin

Best Emerging Talent

  • Philip Yuriev (director, Kitoboy)
  • Polina Gukhman (actress,Masha)
  • Ilya Sigalov (actor, The Little Warrior)
  • Alexander Choi (director, The Time She Comes)

Best Actress

  • Svetlana Khodtchenkova (Another name)
  • Ekaterina Ageeva (Fairy)
  • Chulpan Khamatova (Petrov ́s Flu)
  • Victoria Isakova (The Three)
  • Marina Vasilyeva (The Dorm)
  • Maryana Spivak (Tsoy)

Best Actor

  • Yuri Borisov (Captain Volkonogov Escaped)
  • Merab Ninidze (House Arrest)
  • Semen Serzin (Petrov’s Flu)
  • Konstantin Khabensky (The Three)
  • Piotr Skvortsov (The time she comes)

Best Animation Film

  • Secret Magic Control Agency by A.Tzitzilin
  • Ginger’s Tale by K.Schyokin
  • The Nose or the Conspiracy of Mavericks by A.Khrzhanovsky
  • Best Foreign Documentary about Russia
  • Bless You, T. Chistova (Poland)
  • Boris Volkoff: The Russian Father of the Canadian Ballet, М.Kravchinskii (Canada)
  • Kunashir, V. Kozlov (France)
  • Oleg, N.Tass (USA)
  • Saving North: Rescuing the Wooden Churches of Northern Russia, J.Mitchell Johnson (USA)

Best Foreign Film with a Russian Connection

  • Bloodsuckers, J. Radlmaier (Germany)
  • Immortalist,V. Kozlov (USA)
  • What We Call Love. Red, D.Silov (Latvia)

The nominated films will be screened in Pushkin House in London and the tickets can be bought online.