Kazakhstan’s official entry to the Academy Awards this year, the oscar nominated Genghis Kahn bio-pic, “Mongol”, directed by Sergei Bodrov, took home six Nika Awards on Friday, including an award for best film of the year.
Mr. Bodrov, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Arif Aliyev, won the Nika for best director. “Mongol” also won awards for best cinematography, sound design, art direction, and costumes.
Mongol beat out a slate of strong slate of Russian films nominated for best picture, including “Simple Things”, “Cargo 200”, “Traveling With Pets”, and “The Mermaid”.
The other top awards of the night included best screenplay for “Simple Things”, by the writer and director Alexei Popogrebsky. The acting awards went to “The Mermaid” actress Masha Shalyayeva, and actor Sergei Garmash for his role in “12”.
The equivalent of the Academy Awards, the Nika Awards are held by the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences each year to honor the best achievements in Russian cinema. Established by Soviet filmmakers in 1987, they are the oldest and most prodigious awards for cinematic achievement in Russia.