The former press Secretary of Russian President Boris Yeltsin and his special envoy for developing relations with the European Union, and a former aide to President Vladimir Putin, Sergei Yastrzhembsky can get the award “Oscar”.

After retiring from politics, he worked on documentaries in the most exotic corners of the planet, and now his documentary “Bloody ivory” (Ivory. A Crime Story) about the extermination of the African elephant was included in the long list 89 first prize at the American Academy of motion picture arts and Sciences.

Just a long list of applicants on “Oscar” in the nomination “Best documentary film” includes 145 paintings from around the world. Two of them are devoted to the destruction of African elephants. Rival Yastrzhembsky here is Leonardo DiCaprio who has acted as the producer of the film Ivory Game, reports “Interfax”.

Will work Yastrzhembsky in shorts-sheet “Oscar” will be known in December.

Sergei Yastrzhembsky known for his passion for travel and photography. He was a disciple of one of the leading Russian photographers Lev Melikhov. Works of photography are in the collections of the Moscow Museum of modern art, European house of photography in Paris. In Moscow held several exhibitions of his work with landscape images of Africa, made in the genre of airbrushing.

Many years Yastrzhembsky working on major projects on customs and traditions of Africa.

He created the documentary series “Out of time”, consisting of 10 works, each dedicated to one of the endangered peoples of Africa: the pygmies, the Maasai, the Bushmen, Surma and other things.

In 2011, Sergei Yastrzhembsky became the winner of the documentary film festival “Artdocfest” Vitaly Mansky, receiving the honorary prize for the best educational film for his documentary film “Children of the Pale Fox”, which refers to the poorly studied tribe of the Dogon, living in Mali.

In 2011 the film of Yastrzhembskiy “Africa – blood and beauty” was included in the competition program in the category “World documentaries” Festival of world cinema held in Montreal.

Only his Studio “Yastrebfilm” shot more than 70 films, author and producer who made himself a former politician. Eight of them are awarded with different film awards.

His current film project has already received the approval of critics and audiences. “Bloody Tusk” won the VII of the new York film festival (NYCIFF) in the category “Best documentary”, Yastrzhembsky was also awarded the “Best Director” and won the special jury prize for humanism in cinema in Montreal, where the film was shown at the closing of the international film festival Views of the World.

The Russian premiere took place at the 38th Moscow international film festival, reminds TASS.

In the nearest plans of the author – the completion of a documentary on the Amur tiger conservation.

The film former press Secretary to Yeltsin and Putin aide Sergei Yastrzhembsky included in the long list of “Oscar” 22.11.2016

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