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ODESA 2018 Awards

Crystal Swan and Pity triumph at Odesa

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- Other winners at the Ukrainian gathering included Delta, Home Games, Pororoca, When the Trees Fall and Hero of My Time

Crystal Swan and Pity triumph at Odesa
Director Darya Zhuk with her Grand Prix

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:
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, 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 PuszczynskaRitesh BatraIgor MinaievArnaud des Pallières and Ia Shugliashvili, gave the Best Film Award, worth €5,000, to Pity [+see also:
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by Greek filmmaker Babis Makridis, who also won the Best Director Award (worth €3,000).

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Constantin Popescu's Pororoca [+see also:
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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:
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interview: Lukas Dhont
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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:
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, 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:
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, 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:
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.

In the European Documentary Competition, Ukrainian director Alisa Kovalenko’s Home Games [+see also:
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 received the main prize, and a Special Mention went to Egil Haskjold Larsen's 69 Minutes of 86 Days [+see also:
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. 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:

International Competition

Grand Prix
Crystal Swan [+see also:
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- Darya Zhuk (Belarus/Germany/USA/Russia)

Best Film
Pity [+see also:
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interview: Babis Makridis
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]
- Babas Makridis (Greece/Poland)

Best Director
Babas Makridis – Pity

Best Acting
Victor Polster - Girl [+see also:
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interview: Lukas Dhont
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]
(Belgium)

Special Mention
Pororoca [+see also:
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interview: Constantin Popescu
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]
- Constantin Popescu (Romania/France)

National Competition

Best Ukrainian Feature Film
Delta [+see also:
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- Oleksandr Techynskyi (Ukraine/Germany)

Best Ukrainian Director
Tonya Noyabryova - Hero of My Time [+see also:
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]
(Ukraine)

Best Ukrainian Short Film
In Joy - Maryna Roshchyna (Ukraine)

Best Acting in a Ukrainian Film
Anastasia Pustovit - When the Trees Fall [+see also:
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interview: Marysia Nikitiuk
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]
(Ukraine/Poland/Macedonia)

Special Mentions
Bond - Zhanna Ozirna (Ukraine)
Mark L. Tulip, That Spoke With Flowers - Dana Kavelina (Ukraine) 

FIPRESCI Prize for Best Ukrainian Film 

Feature Film
Delta - Oleksandr Techynskyi

Short Film
The Magnetic Storm - Ihor Hanskyi (Ukraine) 

European Documentary Competition

Best European Documentary
Home Games [+see also:
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 - Alisa Kovalenko (Ukraine/France/Poland)
Special Mention
69 Minutes of 86 Days [+see also:
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]
 - Egil Haskjold Larsen (Norway)

Golden Duke Award
Jacqueline Bisset

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