Listapad generously showered with awards
20th Minsk International Film Festival main prize — Gold of Listapad — presented to Ida, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, from Poland
Mr. Pawlikowski currently lives in the UK but shot his black and white film in Poland, set in 1962, when echoes of the Holocaust still rang loudly. A girl called Ida decides to discover the fate of her parents during the war. Already much awarded in Warsaw and London, the film has resonance in Belarus, due to its war-theme. Listapad programme director Igor Sukmanov notes proudly, “The jury’s decision to grant the main award to Ida has, in my opinion, raised the status of our festival, as the film has its own historical place not only in Polish cinema but that of the wider world.
The best documentary prize went to Polish film Father and Son while Georgian film In Bloom won the contest of young filmmakers being recognised as the best feature film category.