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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Local Cannes Counterpart Awards 'Moon' First Prize

SOCHI, Southern Russia -- The results of the domestic portion of Kinotavr, the film festival held each June in Sochi, were announced Wednesday night.

Just weeks after Cannes, the Russian film world assembled in Sochi on June 1 for this two-part festival, which its organizers have tried to fashion as a counterpart to the French festival.

The Open Russian Film Festival, which ran for the 11th time from June 1 to Wednesday, complements the Sochi International Festival, which runs this year for the seventh time from June 7 to Saturday.

The Open Russian Film Festival's grand prize, the "Zolotaya Roza," or "Golden Rose," was awarded to Kazakh director Bakhtiar Khudoinazarov's "Lunny Papa," or "Moon Papa," the story of a pregnant woman (Chulpan Khamatova) who takes a road trip in search of her baby's father, who she claims is from the moon.

The festival's first prize was awarded to Alexei Uchitel's "Dnevnik Yego Zheny," or "Diary of His Wife."

Svetlana Smirnova was awarded the best female actress award for her role in "Chetyrnadtsat Tsvetov Radugi," or "The 14 Colors of the Rainbow."

Sergei Makovetsky received the Best Male Actor award for his performance in Alexander Proshkin's "Russky Bunt," or "A Russian Rebellion," a screen version of Alexander Pushkin's "The Captain's Daughter," which also won the festival's special jury prize.