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In brief - Nika film prizes awarded

at 09/04/2009 15:47

Nika film prizes awarded

■ Valery Todorovsky's musical "Stilyagi", which is focused on Soviet youth subculture of the late 1940s and 1950s, was named last year's best film at the Nika award ceremony last weekend, RIA Novosti reported. The movie also collected prizes for the best sound and best costumes. "Bumazhny Soldat" ("Paper Soldier") by Alexei German Jr. brought him the best director's award. The best screenplay award posthumously went to the screenwriters of "Dikoye Pole" ("Wild Field"), Pyotr Lutsik and Alexei Samoryadov, both of whom have died since the script was written in the early 1990s. The film's main star, Oleg Dolin, was awarded the best actor prize, and Darya Moroz picked up the best actress' statuette for her role in Alexander Proshkin's "Zhivi i Pomni ("Live to Remember"). Nika is one of Russia's two main film awards, the other being Zolotoi Oryol (Golden Eagle).

Kaliningrad theater accused of ‘pornography'

■ A controversy has stirred over a production of Maxim Gorky's play "Dachniki" by the Kaliningrad Regional Drama Theatre, RIA Novosti reported. The Centre for People's Protection, a local human rights organization, has issued a statement accusing the theatre of disseminating pornography and demanding that criminal charges should be brought against it. "Parents and their children who showed up for the premiere were shocked to see totally naked actors and actresses on stage, imitating sex and sexual perversion," read the address. The theatre, however, shrugged off the accusations. "Times of ideological and political censorship are long over," Yevgeny Marchelli, the theatre's artistic director, told RIA. "If they think that the performance contains elements of pornography, they should address the relevant commission, which would decide whether that is erotica or pornography. But I believe that our story is totally innocuous."

Mumiy Troll releases its first international album

■ The first international album by the Russian band Mumiy Troll, "Comrade Ambassador", was released in the United States last Tuesday, RIA Novosti reported. Distributed in North America by Ryko Distribution Partners, the album contains 13 songs and a bonus track, all in Russian and taken from the band's two last albums, "Amba" and "8". In January and February, Mumiy Troll played several dates in North America, and the band is scheduled to complete the tour with concerts in Los Angeles and San Francisco this May. Fronted by sin­ger/songwriter Ilya Lagu­tenko, Mumiy Troll was formed in 1983 in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok and came to the limelight in the mid-1990s. By now, the band has eight studio albums to its name and a strong fan base throughout Russia.

Duran Duran and Anastacia to play in St. Petersburg

■ On June 4, the opening day of the 13th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, the British band Duran Duran and U.S. singer Anastacia are expected to perform on the city's Palace Square, RIA Novosti reported, quoting the show's promoter, Planet Plus. Plans for holding concerts on Palace Square have sometimes caused controversy. Last month, St. Petersburg city authorities and the management of the Hermitage Museum, located on the square, expressed concerns about Madonna's upcoming show, scheduled for August 2. But recently, all the outstanding issues were settled, the newspaper AiF Peterburg reported last week.

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