Russian director Alexander Sokurov has received the award for special merits in development of cinema on 59-th International film festival in Locarno on Friday evening, RIA of News informs. Ceremony of rewarding has passed on the central area of Locarno – Pjacca Grandee. “It is a great honor to me, becouse it is a professional prize”, – Sokurov has told, accepting the award. After ceremony of rewarding Sokurov’s film “Russian ark” was shown to the spectators. Besides the director presented to Locarno his new work in a genre of documentary cinema – a picture ” Elegy to a life”, devoted to Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina Vishnevskaja.