Alexander Lukashenko on November 9 handed Serbian film director Emir Kusturica, a major film festival awards "Listapad" — a special prize head of state "for the preservation and development of traditions of spirituality in kinamatsatstve."
At the meeting, Lukashenko suggested Kusturica cooperation with Belarusian filmmakers, BelTA informs.
"If you want to shoot something solid, though not connected with Belarus, then we consider it an honor to cooperate with such a person, because he was not able to shoot bad movies" — said Lukashenko.
The Belarusian leader also called Kusturica her. "On many issues, our views are absolutely similar."
In turn Emir Kusturica said Alexander Lukashenko directs the state so as to preserve its independence. "Belgrade was bombed, not because the Serbian people committed crimes, but because Milosevic was not allowed to come into the country of the corporation. You are the only country that has had success, and your products are in your hands," — said Kusturica.