The message reads, in part:
“Film directors, actors, scriptwriters, artists and cameramen, those who created the most successful films of 2018, are among the audience here today. You are all united by sincere dedication to your trade, outstanding talent, a wish to make a personal contribution to the development of Russian cinematography. It is certainly gratifying that you have deep respect for renowned masters, annually presenting them with the Eldar Ryazanov award in the Honour and Dignity nomination.
I am confident that the current ceremony will be a true festival of creativity and amicable communication, and that the best of the best will receive the sought-after Nika awards, since high praise from colleagues is the best evidence of the winners’ extraordinary talents and their commitment to reaching professional heights.”