Alexei German's Khrustalyov, My Car hit open road at the Russian Oscars after the event was snubbed by leading Russian directors Nikita Mikhalkov and Alexander Sukorov, who refused to allow their films to compete.
Khrustalyov, a black and white film which screened in competition in Cannes two years ago, received five prizes including best film at the 13th edition of the annual film awards of the Russian Academy of Motion Picture Arts. The story of a doctor living during the Stalin period also won prizes for best director, cinematography, costumes and design.
With the absence of Mikhalkov's Barber Of Siberia and Sukorov's Molokh leaving room in the spotlight for other titles, Valery Ogorodnikov's Barak also came to the fore. Nina Usatova won best actress for her part in the the film, which portarys the hardships of army families during World War II.
Additionally, Barak's Leonid Yarmolnik won best supporting actor.
Best actor went to Mikhail Ulyanov for his role in Stanislav
Gororukhin's The Sharpshooter, while best screenplay went to Valery Priyemykhov for Who, If Not Us'