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Thursday, September 04, 2008

32nd World Film Festival Award Winners


I have to excuse myself to you loyal readers, but since yesterday and in the following days my posts will be erratic as I’m trying to solve a personal situation that takes most of my head and time. Anyway recently this fest announced the award winners and here they are.

Feature Films

Grand prix des Americas: Okubito, Yojiro Takita, Japan, 2008
Special Grand Prix of the Jury: Ce Qu’il Faut Pour Vivre (The Necessities of Life), Benoît Pilon, Canada, 2008
Best Director: Goran Markovic for Turneja (The Tour), Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2008
Best Actress: Barbara Sukowa for Die Entdeckung der Currywurst (The Invention of Curried Sausage), Ulla Wagner, Germany, 2008
Best Actor: Eri Cañete for El Viaje de Teo (Teo’s Voyage), Walter Doehner, Mexico, 2008
Best Screenplay: Xavi Puebla and Jesús Gil for Bienvenido a Farewell-Gutmann (Welcome To Farewell-Gutmann), Xavi Puebla, Spain, 2008; and Riyoichi Kimizuka and Satoshi Suzuki for Dare Mo Mamotte Kurenai (Nobody to Watch Over Me aka The Guardian?), Ryoichi Kimizuka, Japan, 2008
Best Artistic Contribution: Varg (Wolf), Daniel Alfredson, Sweden, Norway and Finland, 2008
Innovation Award: Hakol Methil Bayam (It All Begins at Sea), Eitan Green, Israel

FIPRESCI Award: Turneja (The Tour), Goran Markovic, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2008
Ecumenical Awards: Varg (Wolf), Daniel Alfredson, Sweden, Norway and Finland, 2008 and El Viaje de Teo (Teo’s Voyage), Walter Doehner, Mexico, 2008

First Fiction Feature Films
Golden Zenith: Ein Augenblick, Freiheit (For A Moment, Freedom), Arash T. Riahi, Austria and France
Silver Zenith: Weltstadt, Chirstian Klandt, Germany
Bronze Zenith: Tatil Kitabi (Summer Book), Seyfi Teoman, Turkey

Audience Awards
Most Popular Film of the Festival: Ce Qu’il Faut Pour Vivre (The Necessities of Life), Benoît Pilon, Canada, 2008
Most Popular Canadian Feature Film: Ce Qu’il Faut Pour Vivre (The Necessities of Life), Benoît Pilon, Canada, 2008

Glauber Rocha Award for the Best Latin American Film: No Mires Para Abajo (Don’t Look Down), Eliseo Subiela, Argentina and France, 2008

Special Awards for their exceptional contribution to the cinematographic art were given to Alan Ladd Jr., Tony Curtis and Isabelle Huppert.

To check the awards given to short and documentaries go here.

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