The Way Out triumphs at CinEast Film Festival Luxembourg
by Saara Vahermägi
- Czech director Petr Václav was awarded the Grand Prix for his film The Way Out, while the Special Jury Prize went to Viktoria
At the awards ceremony on Friday 24 October at the Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg, the international jury of the seventh edition of CinEast (Central and Eastern European Film Festival Luxembourg), chaired by the Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa, awarded the Grand Prix to the film The Way Out [+see also:
interview: Petr Václav
film profile] by Czech director Petr Václav.
Loznitsa commented: “We all agreed that this film is a great portrayal of the desperate struggle by a smart and loving woman who is driven by her need for independence and justice. We appreciated the direct and realistic way of filming, as well as the nuanced precision of the acting.”
The Special Jury Prize was given to Viktoria [+see also:
interview: Maya Vitkova
film profile] by Bulgarian director Maya Vitkova. The official statement of the jury read: “We would like to humbly encourage Maya Vitkova, who was the writer, director and producer of her first feature film. We have chosen this film for its unique, colourful and poetic depiction of an original story as well as the sublime acting that accompanied the rather unconventional way of portraying a historical period.”
The festival jury consisted of: Sergei Loznitsa (chair), Christophe Wagner (director), Karolina Markiewicz (journalist), Claude Waringo (producer) and Gintare Parulyte (actress).
The Audience Award, based on the votes by festival-goers, went to Life Feels Good [+see also:
film profile] by Maciej Pieprzyca. Moreover, Audience Awards for Best Short Films in the three different categories (fiction, animated, documentary) were awarded during the ceremony:
Audience Award for Best Short Fiction Film: Little Secret by Martin Krejčí;
Audience Award for Best Short Animated Film: Baths by Tomasz Duczki;
Audience Award for Best Short Documentary Film: Down on the Corner by Nikola Ilić and Corina Schwingruber Ilić.