LIBERTY PRIZE – 2007
The Russian film director Alexei German is one of the most authoritative masters in contemporary cinema. The director’s focus on the issues of history and time reveals itself in the two most evident peculiarities of his films: they are almost all black-and-white, like the newsreels of the 1930-50s; in each of them German resorts to a method rarely used in cinema – a character’s look straight into the camera directly connects the viewer with the screen world.
The exceptional director became famous after the release of the film "Dvadtsat dney bez voyny" (Twenty Days Without War). One of German’s great accomplishments was "Moy drug Ivan Lapshin" (My Friend Ivan Lapshin) and "Khrustalyov, mashinu!" (Khrustalyov, My Car!).
Alexei German lives and works in St. Petersburg.
Dmitry Prigov - Russian poet and artist, who was a leading member of the Russian artistic avant-garde and of the Moscow conceptualism movement in the 1970s and ’80s.
His texts subverted Socialist Realism, and most were parts of thematic cycles.
Prigov’s work was published underground (as samizdat) in the Soviet Union and openly abroad for years, but his first verse collection was not officially published in his home country until 1990. In addition to more than 30,000 poems he wrote plays and essays.
Vladimir Spivakov is famous in Russia as one of the eminent violinists, the founder and conductor of "Moscow virtuosi" chamber orchestra.
Spivakov is world famous for his brilliant performances as recitalist, guest soloist and guest conductor of leading orchestras throughout the world and for his humanistic activities. He played with a great number of orchestras, under Leonard Bernstein, Georg Solti, Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado, Carlo Maria Giulini.
In February 1975, Vladimir Sivakov made his New York debut. In 1979 he made his debut as a conducter with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival. Soon after that, in the same year, he founded the Moscow Virtuosi, with which he appeared both as violinist and conductor throughout the world, and which quickly became one of the world leading chamber orchestras.
In May 1994 Vladimir Spivakov established the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation to support young talented musicians, painters and dancers in Russia. Since its inception 500 young musicians have received support, in a form of musical instruments, art supplies and ballet equipment in addition to receiving an academic education.
Vladimir Spivakov has been decorated with Russia's highest prize, the National Cultural Heritage Award, and is Ambassador of the Arts for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
In 1999, France officially recognized his contribution to the influence of music and culture by awarding him the title of "Officier des Arts et des Lettres" (Officer of Arts and Letters).