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The Golden Knight film festival is over in Siberia's Irkutsk
Mel Gibson's sensational "The Passion of Christ" won Grand Prix. Bulgaria's Hristo Shopov, who appeared there as Pilate, was named Best Actor. He shares the award with Russia's Nikolai Burliayev, title part in Natalia Bondarchuk's "Fedor Tyutchev's Love and Truth". Dusan Kovacevic's "Professional" (Serbia) came as Best Feature. Other nominations concerned cartoons, documentaries, television films and cinematic debuts. A total 181 films of twenty five countries were competing in the festival, which gathered 250 actors and moviemakers. An appeal to the European Parliament against Serb genocide in Kosovo and Metohija was made at the closing gala. The Golden Knight is in itinerant event. Montenegro will host the nearest, next year, says Nikolai Burliayev, festival president. The Golden Knight international festival is held every May during Slav Writing and Culture Days, timed to Sts. Cyril and Methodius commemoration. His Beatitude Alexis II, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia-Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, has been festival honoured trustee for years. A maiden All-Slav Golden Knight Film Forum gathered in Moscow, May 1992, with thirty films and an equal number of guests and contestants. A second, in Yugoslavia's Novi Sad, gathered a hundred contestants with 195 films. The next venues were Tiraspol, capital of Transdniestria-unrecognised republic in Moldova, Minsk in Belarus, Ukraine's Kiev and Sebastopol, a tourist boat on a Volga cruise, and Russian provincial centres Smolensk, Tambov, Ryazan and Kaluga.
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