At the end of the Spirit of Fire festive closing ceremony Maria Zvereva, the Vice-President of the Festival, came on stage. She noted that the Festival’s President Emir Kusturica should have been standing on stage with her, but he had a misfortune to break his leg and needed a serious surgery. Yet, the Festival has its President’s Prize. Maria Zvereva asked the international jury president Bauddhayan Mukherji to award the prize.
Bauddhayan Mukherji read out Emir Kusturica’s letter announcing that the Special Award for the Portrayal of Remarkable Female Characters went to the Distinguished Artist of Russia Anna Mikhalkova:
“Dear Anna, as the Festival president I would love to present this award in person, but I am just as happy to do it remotely. Anya, you are a great Russian actress, you are always different and authentic, as a true actress you can be tragic, but you are not afraid of being funny either. You master all genres and represent all aspects of the national identity. Bravo, Anna!”
With laughter Anna Mikhalkova confessed that she was surprised Emir Kusturica knew of her existence at all and thanked him for this award.