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FESTIVALS France

Beaune crowns Victoria

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- The festival’s Grand Prix has gone to the film by German director Sebastian Schipper, while Hyena, A Second Chance and Marshland also feature on the list of winners

Beaune crowns Victoria
Laia Costa receives the Grand Prix for Victoria

Unveiled at Berlin, where it also won an award, the fascinating Victoria [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Sebastian Schipper
film profile
]
by Germany’s Sebastian Schipper (read the review and watch the interview) has taken home the Grand Prix from the seventh Beaune International Thriller Film Festival. The movie will be distributed on 11 June in Germany by Senator and will be released on 1 July in France by Jour2Fête and Version Originale/Condor.

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Chaired by director Danièle Thompson (who was backed up by such names as Emmanuelle Bercot and Philippe Le Guay), the jury handed out two ex-aequo Jury Prizes for the extremely hard-hitting English feature Hyena [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Gerard Johnson
film profile
]
by Gerard Johnson (read the review and the interview – released in France on 6 May courtesy of The Jokers/Le Pacte) and A Second Chance [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier (revealed in competition at San Sebastian – read the review).

Also of note were the two awards snagged by the Spanish star attraction Marshland [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alberto Rodríguez
film profile
]
by Alberto Rodriguez (read the review and the interview) at Beaune – namely, the Critics’ Prize and the Special Police Prize. The film, which won ten Goya Awards after walking away with two trophies at San Sebastian (Best Actor and Best Cinematography), will be released in France on 15 July by Le Pacte.

Lastly, the Young Blood competition section (dedicated to young talents) was dominated by the Austrian-German co-production Life Eternal [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Wolfgang Murnberger.

(Translated from French)

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