Konchalovsky called for the establishment of the state theater award

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich in Photobacterium Andrei Konchalovsky. Archival photoKonchalovsky called for the establishment of the state theater award© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich the image Bank

In Russia there should be a national theatre award, because the decision of the «Golden mask» are frequently of a unilateral nature, says theatre and film Director Andrei Konchalovsky.

Earlier on Monday, the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation announced its withdrawal from the organizing Committee of the «Golden mask», because in fact the Agency does not affect the operation of the award.

«Golden mask» is not a government prize, and I think that there should be a separate theatre award — state. It is extremely important for the reason that today, theater in Russia — the most lively in all of Europe. My colleagues from Italy, who come here marvel at the mass of Russian theater and Russian audience. Our audience deserves the support of theatrical art,» — said Konchalovsky, whose words the press service of the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation.

He noted that the decisions of the «Golden mask» were sometimes «very one-sided nature of that support is quite questionable aesthetics.» In his opinion, the prize was not given sufficient attention by the Russian theater within the Russian Federation. «And the theater there is important audience in the regions that need much more than Moscow, where more than fifty theaters,» said the Director.

The Director Eduard Boyakov has supported the decision of the Ministry of culture and noted that the award «is actually focused only on the decision of the Union of theatrical figures», and therefore should remain a prize STD.

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