Costa-Gavras, Tim Burton, John Malkovich, Claude Lelouch, Rezo Chkheidze, Takeshi Kitano, Alexei Batalov, Tatiana Samoilova, Chen Kaige, Istvan Szabo, Emir Kusturica, Kaneto Shindo, Eduard Artemiev, Gleb Panfilov, Marco Bellocchio, Robert De Niro, Andrei Konchalovsky, Sophia Loren, Catherine Deneuve, Sergei Bondarchuk, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Tonino Guerra, Alberto Sordi, Robert Hossein, King Vidor, Cesare Zavattini, Zoltán Fábri, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Sergey Solovyov, René Clair, Akira Kurosawa, Satyajit Ray, Ousmane Sembène, Andre and Annelie Thorndike, Pierre Étaix… What is the basis for including all these great masters of cinema into the same impressive list? Over the years they all received the Special Prize of the Moscow Film Festival. Its present title “Silver St. George for the Contribution for Modern Film Art” appeared in 1999 when the highest awards of the Moscow Film Festival was finally named after “St George”, who has been the “celestial patron” of the Russian capital for many centuries. June 22, at the opening of the Moscow International Film Festival, the Silver St. George award for outstanding achievements in contemporary cinema was awarded to Italian director Franco Nero.