Listapad festival distributes prizes
Grand Prix at 22nd Minsk International Listapad Film Festival given to Lesson, produced by Bulgaria and Greece, and directed by Kristina Grozeva and Piotr Vylchanov
As the fiction film jury head, People’s Artiste of Russia Vadim Abdrashitov, notes, no vote was necessary, as members were almost unanimous. “It shows not so much experience and wisdom, as a very strong programme,” he comments.
The Listapad Silver for ‘Film as Art Phenomenon’ went to Project of the Century, directed by Carlos M. Quintela; the film is a joint effort from Cuba, Argentina, Germany and Switzerland. A special jury prize also went to Project of the Century ‘For Artistic Daring in Comprehension of Modern Era’.
The Listapad Bronze (the embodiment of the People’s Choice Award) went to Rams, directed by Grímur Hákonarson (Iceland and Denmark).
Rams receive Listapad Bronze
‘Best Direction’ was awarded to Dalibor Matanić for The High Sun (Croatia-Serbia-Slovenia). The jury also awarded this picture ‘Yuri Marukhin Memorial Award for Best Cinematography’ (cameramen Marko Brdar).
The Victor Turov Memorial Award for Best Film in Youth on the March Feature Films Competition went to Russia’s Pioneer Heroes, directed by Natalia Kudryashova, and the jury’s special prize was awarded to Bulgarian Thirst, directed by Svetla Tsotsorkova.
President’s Prize ‘For Humanism and Spirituality’ bestowed upon Heavenly Nomandic
The diploma for ‘Thorough and Uncompromising Research into the Nature of Violence in Modern Society’ went to Violence, made in Colombia and Mexico, and directed by Jorge Forero.
The diploma for ‘Adherence to Traditions of Japanese Cinema’ went to Anohito (The One), directed by Ichirô Yamamoto of Japan.
In the documentary film category, the Grand Prix went to Polish film Brothers, directed by Wojciech Staron. The jury’s special prize went to The Event, directed by Sergei Loznitsa (Netherlands-Belgium).
Polish Brothers awarded Grand Prix in major competition of documentary films
The diploma for artistic portraiture of physical disablement was awarded to Casa Blanca, directed by Aleksandra Maciuszek (Mexico-Poland).
In the national competition, Belarusian Psycho, directed by Nikita Lavretsky, was recognised as ‘Best Fiction Film’ while ‘Best Documentary’ went to Visitors, directed by Andrey Kutilo. The prize for ‘Best Animation’ went to About Ox, directed by Yevgeny Nadtochei. The diploma for ‘A Belarusian View of American Family Life’ went to True American Woman, directed by Darya Zhuk. The diploma for ‘Metaphorical Laconicism’ went to Easter of Christ, directed by Darya Yurkevich (Belarus-France).
‘Best Documentary’ prize goes to Visitors
The cinema press awarded Yana Troyanova as ‘Best Actress’ for her role in The Land of Oz, directed by Vasily Sigarev (Russia), while Nelson Camayo was named ‘Best Actor, for his role in Violence, directed by Jorge Forero (Colombia-Mexico).
The special diploma for ‘Belief in the Miracle of Life in Cinema’ went to Japan’s Ichirô Yamamoto, for directing Anohito.
The President’s prize for ‘Humanism and Spirituality’ was bestowed upon Heavenly Nomadic, from Kyrgyzstan.
By Vladimir Mishin