Grigory Chukhrai, an outstanding Russian film-maker, who was past 80, died at home of a heart attack today. Grigory Chukhrai didn't make many films, but every one of them was an event. One of Chukhrai's most famous films, "The Ballad of a Soldier", was awarded nearly all main prizes in the Soviet Union, including the Lenin Prize, which was the country's highest award (1961). The film received international awards as well, including the Golden Gate Grand-Prix in San Francisco, the best director's prize at the Cannes film festival in 1960, the British institute's prize as the best film of the year, etc. Nearly all Chukhrai's films are about the events of World War II and the tragic fates of people caught up in that war. Chukhrai. The film-maker had personal experience of the war as he fought at the front and was wounded. Cinema critics list Grigory Chukhrai with the "cinema giants of the 20th century."