Elizaveta Stishova to transfer her award to Oleg Sentsov

Elizaveta Stishova promised to transfer 15 thousand Euro of her prize to the parents of hew two colleagues – Sentsov and Serebrennikov, both imprisoned

Elizaveta Stishova, a prizewinner at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival gave a part of her money reward to the parents of Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian film director.

Stishova won Gran Prix at East of the West Competition [The East of the West Award] with her Suleiman Mountain (Kyrgyzstan, Russia), unconventional family-road-trip drama.

At the award ceremony, Stishova supported Russian film maker Kirill Serebrennikov and Ukrainian Oleg Sentsov from the stage, both currently imprisoned in Russia. She said that she shall transfer 15 thousand Euro of her prize to the parents of hew two colleagues.


The Director of the Suleiman Mountain will pass the awarded money to the families of Oleg Sentsov and Kirill Serebrennikov

Russian director Yelizaveta Stishova, recipient of The East of the West Award at the 53th International Karlovy Vary Festival that has just finished, declared that she would give the awarded money (15,000 Euros) to the families of Oleg Sentsov and Kirill Serebrennikov.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Elizaveta Stishova expressed her support for the directors Kirill Serebrennikov, expecting judgement on the case of “7th Studio” and Oleg Sentsov, sent into penal colony on the charges of preparing a terrorist act in Crimea. She declared that despite having not yet paid her debts contracted during the footage of Suleiman Mountain, she would give the money award to the parents of Sentsov and Serebrennikov.

In August 2015, Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years of high-security penal colony in Russia. He did not plead guilty. On 14 May Sentsov went on an indefinite hunger strike, demanding the release of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia.

On the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, a special screening of the film Gamer was dedicated to Sentsov, with collection of signatures in favour of the convicted director.

Radio Svoboda