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LONDON 2014

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Leviathan wins London

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- The Tribe wins the Sutherland, Sameena Jabeen Ahmed Best British Newcomer

Leviathan wins London
Leviathan by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan [+see also:
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(Russia) has won the Best Film Award at the 58th British Film Institute London Film Festival (8-19 October). Jury President Jeremy Thomas said, “Its grandeur and themes moved all of us in the same way.” The jury also commended Celine Sciamma’s Girlhood [+see also:
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(France).  

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The Sutherland Award for first feature went to Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy for The Tribe [+see also:
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(Ukraine/Netherlands). Juror Luc Roeg said, “The young non-professional cast were all exceptional, but special mention must go to Yana Novikova.  Slaboshpytskiy makes an audacious and highly accomplished debut as writer/director and has marked himself out as a true auteur. It’s a pleasure and privilege to commend the work.” The jury also commended Naja Abu Nowar’s Theeb [+see also:
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(UAE/Qatar/Jordan/UK).   

Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan won the Grierson Award for best documentary for Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait [+see also:
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(Syria/France). Jury President Sophie Fiennes said, “The jury were deeply affected by this film. Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan’s portrait of Syria is both unflinching and poetic. It is hard to watch, because the fact of war is and should be unbearable.”

Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, star of Catch Me Daddy [+see also:
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(UK) won the Best British Newcomer Award.  Jury President Finola Dwyer said, “We were unanimous in our decision to award actress Sameena Jabeen Ahmed the Best British Newcomer Award for her breakout performance in Catch Me Daddy. Sameena’s performance was very assured, confident and fearless. In the lead role of Laila, Sameena’s range of emotion was breathtaking; she was the heartbeat of the film.”

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