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Russia distances itself from the Oscars. He will not submit any films this year

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Russia’s cultural isolation is deepening. This year, no film from this country will be nominated for the prestigious Oscar award. One of the influential people of Russian culture promises to create his own film awards of the same rank.

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Oscars without Russia. Not all were “for”

“The Presidium of the Film Academy of Russia has decided not to nominate the national film for the Academy Award of the American Film Academy in 2022,” the Russian academy said in a statement on Monday.

However, the matter is not as obvious as it may seem. Pavel Chukhray, who was chairman of the Russian Oscar nomination committee, announced his resignation in a letter on Tuesday, following a move he said was an “illegal” decision made “behind his back.”

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This is what he wrote in a letter published by the state news agency Tass, announcing that he was resigning:

Academy management [Filmowej Rosji] unilaterally decided not to nominate a Russian film for an Oscar

So far, Russia has only managed to win the Best Foreign Language Film award once. It was in 1994 for Nikita Michałkow’s “Burnt by the Sun”. The action of the film takes place in 1936, during the Stalinist purges. The main character is a colonel in the Red Army and his wife, and one day their peace is disturbed by the arrival of an old family friend.

Mikhalkov, 76, who heads the Union of Russian Cinematographers, has since become an ardent supporter of Vladimir Putin and is one of the most vocal supporters of the war with Ukraine.

Earlier, Mikhalkov told the Russian state news agency Tass that Russia had nothing to gain from participating in this year’s Oscars. Instead, he proposes to create an equivalent prize for the countries of the post-Soviet area.

“It seems to me that choosing a film that will represent Russia in a country that actually denies Russia at present simply doesn’t make sense,” he said.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine further divided the country’s cultural scene, and many prominent artists emigrated. Among them were Kantemir Bałagow and Kira Kovalenko – a promising young director and director whose films were submitted to the Oscars in 2019 and 2021.

In the 20th century, the Oscar for the best foreign language film was won by films produced by the USSR. These were “War and Peace”, “Dersu Uzala” (co-production with Japan) and “Moscow Doesn’t Believe Tears”.

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Source: Gazeta

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