Rus­sian di­rec­tor un­der probe over fraud

The Korea Times - - PEOPLE -

SAINT PETERS­BURG ( AFP) — Rus­sian film di­rec­tor Alexan­der Sokurov, whose films in­clude “Rus­sian Ark” and “Faust,” said Thurs­day he was be­ing probed for al­leged fraud in his foun­da­tion to help young film­mak­ers.

The di­rec­tor, who has pub­licly crit­i­cised Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, drew com­par­isons with the trial of the­atre and film di­rec­tor Kir­ill Sere­bren­nikov for fraud, which sup­port­ers say is part of a crack­down.

Sokurov is known for “Rus­sian Ark,” which was filmed in the Her­mitage Mu­seum us­ing a sin­gle shot, and “Faust,” which won the top prize at the Venice Film Fes­ti­val in 2011.

He is also known for his sup­port for young film­mak­ers — par­tic­u­larly those from the de­prived North Cau­ca­sus re­gion — and heads a foun­da­tion called “Ex­am­ple of In­to­na­tion” to help new di­rec­tors.

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