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IVORY – A CRIME STORY : THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW OF FILM DIRECTOR SERGEY YASTRZHEMBSKY ( BEST DIRECTOR AWARD – VIEWS OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL / FESTIVAL VUES DU MONDE – MONTREAL – 2016 & NOW SELECTED FOR THE OSCARS ) BY ASTRID WENDLANDT ( REUTERS ).

By Astrid Wendlandt PARIS (Reuters – www.reuters.com/)
– Hollywood heartthrob and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio is competing for another Oscar against an unlikely rival – a former top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Critics are touting DiCaprio’s « The Ivory Game », about Africa’s illegal ivory trade, for a prestigious Academy Award in the documentary film category along with a film on the same subject by Sergey Yastrzhembsky, the Kremlin’s best-known spokesman in the West for more than a decade.
The silver-haired ex-diplomat spent most of his working life deflecting media criticism as Putin’s spokesman on Chechnya and special envoy to Brussels, and earlier as the Kremlin’s mouthpiece under the late Boris Yeltsin.
Now Yastrzhembsky is trying to cause a stir with his « Ivory – A Crime Story », which names and shames top ivory buyers such as China, the Vatican and Buddhist monks in Thailand.
It highlights how the population of elephants in Africa has dropped to less than 500,000 from 1.5 million in the past 30 years and that every 15 minutes an elephant is slaughtered by poachers for its ivory.
The price of ivory soared to $3,000 a kilo from $6 some 35 years ago, according to the documentary.
If nothing is done, conservationists say the African elephant could be extinct in the wild within a generation.
« We can only hope that this film will get the world to pay more attention to this sad situation regarding elephants in Africa, » Yastrzhembsky told Reuters in an interview in Paris.
His documentary, which took three years and cost $1 million to make, won prizes this year at the Montreal, Rome and New York film festivals.
Harsh scenes include one of an elephant being shot and then moaning as it is hacked to pieces by poachers. Yastrzhembsky said Pope Francis saw a shortened version of his film before publicly speaking out in Nairobi against ivory poaching in Kenya.
He also said he helped convince Russia’s nuclear energy agency RosAtom, which he initially approached to co-finance the film, to spend money on protecting wildlife around a uranium deposit it intends to mine in Tanzania.
Yastrzhembsky said he showed a trailer to DiCaprio three years ago on the yacht of a mutual friend, the real-estate oligarch Vladimir Zemstov, in the French resort of Saint Tropez.
Yastrzhembsky said he invited DiCaprio to take part in his project financially or do the voiceover, but talks never bore fruit. « I think DiCaprio wanted to do his own film, » he said. DiCaprio’s « The Ivory Game » debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

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SERGEI YASTRZHEMBSKY WON WITH IVORY THE PRIZE FOR BEST DIRECTOR AND BEST DOCUMENTARY IN VIEWS OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL / FESTIVAL VUES DU MONDE AND HAS NOW BEEN SELECTED FOR THE OSCARS.

2016 Views of the World Film and Music Festival

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Les Récompenses/Awards 2016

 

  • PRIX HORS CONCOURS// OUT OF COMPETITION

 

1. GRAND PRIX HUMANITAIRE Vues du Monde // Views of the World HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Décerné à Manon Barbeau, Fondatrice duWapikoni Mobile, (Provinces du Québec et du Labrador, Canada)

 

2. HOMMAGE // LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Décerné à Sergey Yastrzhembsky, (Russie)

 

 

  • EN COMPETITION//IN COMPETITION

 

3. Meilleure musique // Best Music        

Décerné à DARK WAVES de/by ALEXANDRE CIMINI (Italie)

MENTION SPECIALE à Jogo de Damas de/by DAVID ROSSI & PAULA SOUSA, (Portugal)

 

4. Meilleure musique de film pour un film non produit // Best Music for a non-produced film

Décerné à THE WORLD IS A RETRO de/by ZHANG YANG, 张旸, (USA)

MENTION SPECIALE à DANCE OF THE LOVE STRUCK PIG de/by BRENNANMACKAY, (USA)

 

5. Meilleure actrice // Best Actress

Décerné à Laëtitia Eido, (France), pour son rôle dans FADHMA N’SOUMER, (Algérie)

 

6. Meilleur acteur // Best Actor

Décerné à Massimo Ranieri, (Italie), pour son interprétation de Pier Paolo Pasolini dans LA MACCHINAZIONE, (Italie)

 

7. Meilleur Film // Best Feature film

Décerné à Patricia Sequeira, (Portugal), pour GAME of CHECKERS, (Portugal)

 

8. Meilleur scénario // Best script

Décerné à Lemonade, de/by Ioana Uricaru, (Roumanie, USA)

MENTION SPECIALE pour Brave Hearts de/by Lynda Lemberg and Jeffrey Allen Russel, (Canada)

 

9. Meilleur court-métrage // Best Short

Décerné à Girum Ermiyas, (Ethiopie), pour son film THE SHOE MAKER PAGES, (Ethiopie)

 

10. Meilleure oeuvre réalisée par un cinéaste des Premières Nations // Best work producedby a First nation filmmaker 

Décerné à MELANIE LUMSDEN, (Nation Inuvialuit des Territoires du Nord-Ouest, Canada), etWIDIA LARIVIERE, (NationAnishnabe du Québec, Canada), pour leur film UN NOUVEAU SOUFFLE, (Canada)

 

11. Meilleur documentaire/Best documentary

Décerné à SERGEY & ANASTASIA YASTRZHEMBSKY, (Russie),pour leur film AFRICA :BLOOD & BEAUTY, (Russie)

 

12. Meilleur Réalisateur // Best Director

Décerné à SERGEY YASTRZHEMBSKY, (Russie),pour son film IVORY. A CRIME STORY, (Russie, Kenya, France)

 

 

13. Prix Vues du Monde // Views of the World Prize

Décerné à HAKOB MELKONYAN, (France) pour son film L ‘ARBRE, (France)

 

14. Coup de cœur Vues du Monde/Views of the world Special Prize

Décerné à GERMAINE McCORMACK-KOS, (France) pour son film WALK ON THE WILD SIDE, (France, UK)

 

15.  Prix Multimedia/Multimedia Prize
Décerné à JUDITH LYNN STILLMAN, (USA), pour WHEN THE MUSIC STOPPED, (USA).

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