Crystal Swan and Pity triumph at Odesa
by Vladan Petkovic
- Other winners at the Ukrainian gathering included Delta, Home Games, Pororoca, When the Trees Fall and Hero of My Time
The ninth Odesa International Film Festival (13-21 July) ended on Saturday night with the awards ceremony held at the Odesa Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Belarusian director Darya Zhuk's Crystal Swan [+see also:
film profile], which world-premiered two weeks ago at Karlovy Vary, won the festival’s €10,000 Grand Prix, which is determined by audience votes.
On the other hand, the International Competition jury, consisting of Ewa Puszczynska, Ritesh Batra, Igor Minaiev, Arnaud des Pallières and Ia Shugliashvili, gave the Best Film Award, worth €5,000, to Pity [+see also:
interview: Babis Makridis
film profile] by Greek filmmaker Babis Makridis, who also won the Best Director Award (worth €3,000).
Constantin Popescu's Pororoca [+see also:
interview: Constantin Popescu
film profile] received the Special Jury Mention, and the Best Acting gong, worth €2,000, was awarded to Victor Polster for his performance in Lukas Dhont's Girl [+see also:
interview: Lukas Dhont
In the National Competition, the jury, comprising Kateryna Molchanova, Levan Koguashvili, Marianne Slot and Martina Bleis, gave the Golden Duke for Best Ukrainian Feature Film, which comes with €3,242 (UAH 100,000), to Oleksandr Techynskyi's Delta [+see also:
film profile], which also bagged the FIPRESCI Prize. The Best Director Award, worth €1,937 (UAH 60,000), was handed to Tonya Noyabryova for her feature Hero of My Time [+see also:
film profile], and the Golden Duke for Best Acting, which comes with €1,614 (UAH 50,000), was given to Anastasia Pustovit for her role in When the Trees Fall [+see also:
interview: Marysia Nikitiuk
In the European Documentary Competition, Ukrainian director Alisa Kovalenko’s Home Games [+see also:
film profile] received the main prize, and a Special Mention went to Egil Haskjold Larsen's 69 Minutes of 86 Days [+see also:
film profile]. The jury consisted of Galia Bador, Ostap Kostyuk and Dorotha Lech.
Jacqueline Bisset, a British actress and the special guest at the ninth Odesa International Film Festival, received the Golden Duke Award for her contribution to the art of film.
Here is the full list of award winners:
Babas Makridis – Pity
Best Ukrainian Short Film
In Joy - Maryna Roshchyna (Ukraine)
Bond - Zhanna Ozirna (Ukraine)
Mark L. Tulip, That Spoke With Flowers - Dana Kavelina (Ukraine)
FIPRESCI Prize for Best Ukrainian Film
Delta - Oleksandr Techynskyi
The Magnetic Storm - Ihor Hanskyi (Ukraine)
European Documentary Competition
Best European Documentary
Home Games [+see also:
film profile] - Alisa Kovalenko (Ukraine/France/Poland)
69 Minutes of 86 Days [+see also:
film profile] - Egil Haskjold Larsen (Norway)
Golden Duke Award
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