Russian director Kira Kovalenko, who presented the film “Unclenching his fists” at the festival, received the prize of the “Unclenched Look” program of the Cannes Film Festival for the best direction. informs The Hollywood Reporter.
Kovalenko is a student of Alexander Sokurov, People’s Artist, Director and Screenwriter, founder of the Intonation Example Foundation, created to support young directors. This is Kovalenko’s second full-length film, the first under the title Sofichka was shown at the 2016 Tallinn Film Festival.
“I am very happy for her and congratulate her from the bottom of my heart. I have not seen the film itself. I know that he was filmed not in St. Petersburg, and I have not read his script. I am sincerely happy for Kira, she is a very hardworking, persistent and strong person, “Sokurov explained.
The film is set in the city of Mizur, located in North Ossetia. The main character of the film – Ada lives with her father and younger brother.
“The eldest son has already fled from custody to the nearest large city to work. The youngest has not yet fully realized what he wants from life, and the daughter is actively making plans to escape. Opening her father’s strong embrace in order to finally start an independent life turns out to be more difficult for the heroine than it seemed, ”the film’s description says.
A Special Look is the second most important program of the Cannes Film Festival, the winners of which receive support in the French box office.