On January 29th the main pavilion of the “Mosfilm” film studios was the scene of the “Golden Eagle” award ceremony for the 2004 Russian releases. “The Golden Eagle” is the National Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences Award, the main and most prestigious Russian film prize. The ceremony was hosted by famous Russian film director Nikita Mikhalkov. The principal honorary guests were the world-famous American Francis Ford Coppola and Italian Ennnio Morricone who received Golden Eagles for “The Contribution Into World Art” and for “The Best Film Music” (“The 72 Meters” feature) respectively.
“The Nutcracker” produced by Argus International won “The Golden Eagle” in “The Best Animation” category. By now it is the highest recognition received by this film. It has already got a number of Russian film prizes and is selected by many film festivals for 2005.
“The Nutcracker” (85’) was released by Argus International/Gemini Film International (the authorized distributor of XX Cent. Fox and MGM) in Russia in October and at the same time by German MCOne in other territories, including Germany and USA. The film was directed by Tatiana Ilina who also was a co-author of the script. The other co-author was American Michael Maurer, now working on the next studio’s feature project “The Magic Flute”. Natalia Malgina and Alexei Shelmanov were the two leading sequence directors. The music for the film was composed by a young Russian talent Alexander Vartanov who was personally greeted and praised by Mr. Coppola.