Russian Director Wins Top Awards After Release From House Arrest
Chand Sahkeel 2 days ago Wed 17th April 2019 | 04:34 PM
Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov has won the country's top theater award a week after he was released from a more than year-long house arrest pending his trial on embezzlement charges
Moscow, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Apr, 2019 ) :Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov has won the country's top theater award a week after he was released from a more than year-long house arrest pending his trial on embezzlement charges.
The 49-year-old, who was forced to miss the Cannes Premiere of his acclaimed film "Summer" last year, has long denounced the case against him as "absurd".
"I hope you gave me this award because you really liked the play," Serebrennikov said in his acceptance speech, to some laughter from the audience.
"I hope the theatre community will also give each other support, like it supports me," he said, according to footage broadcast by independent channel tv Rain.
The play, "Little Tragedies," a modern take on classic works by Alexander Pushkin, premiered in the theatre Serebrennikov heads, Gogol Center, after his arrest in August 2017. Work on it had to be finished without him.
The director and three of his co-defendants are accused of creating an organised criminal group and embezzling more than $2 million (1.75 million Euros) of state funding for a theatre project called Platforma.
Serebrennikov also collected the ballet prize for the Bolshoi's controversial "Nureyev".
Bolshoi management cited an under-rehearsed cast for the delay but speculation swirled that it had been pulled because of the investigation into the director, or the ballet's treatment of Nureyev's homosexuality.