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Jean Denizot lives "the good life" at Braunschweig

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- The French director has walked away with the Heinrich, while Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen has been crowned with this year’s Europa Award

Jean Denizot lives "the good life" at Braunschweig
The Good Life by Jean Denizot

The 28th Braunschweig International Film Festival (11-16 November) drew to a close at the weekend with the victory of French director Jean Denizot, who took home the gathering’s main award, the Heinrich for Best First or Second European Film, for The Good Life [+see also:
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. The movie – which is based on a true story and recounts the reclusive lives of two boys in the Pyrenees after they are kidnapped by their father, and their subsequent escape – trounced the nine other hopefuls, including the Venice selections The Goob [+see also:
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by Guy Myhill and The Council of Birds [+see also:
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by Timm Kröger, and even the Belgian comedy I’ll Bury You [+see also:
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by Sylvestre Sbille. The Heinrich is awarded by the gathering’s audience and comes with a total of €10,000, which is then shared out between the director and the film’s German distributor (or its production company).

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The Kinema Award, handed out by a jury of young French and German people, went to the German film We Are Young, We Are Strong [+see also:
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by Burhan Qurbani, which revolves around the xenophobic neo-Nazi attack that took place in August 1992 in Rostock, eastern Germany. The Leo Award, which is handed to a short film in recognition of its music, was given to Finnish directors Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen and their sound engineer, for Emergency Calls.

The highly important Europa Award, which, since it was created in 2007, has been bestowed upon such great actors as Hanna Schygulla, Bruno Ganz, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgård and Isabelle Huppert for their contribution to European cinema, was this year given to Mads Mikkelsen. The Danish star had a retrospective of his work dedicated to him, which comprised The Hunt [+see also:
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, A Royal Affair [+see also:
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interview: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
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, Valhalla Rising
 [+see also:
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and After the Wedding [+see also:
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.

Once again, the New International Cinema section offered a number of films that had already garnered a great deal of praise at the major festivals. These included the astounding Norwegian gangster comedy In Order of Disappearance [+see also:
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by Hans Petter Moland, Leviathan [+see also:
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by Russia’s Andreï Zviaguintsev, the Georgian production Brides [+see also:
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interview: Tinatin Kajrishvili
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by Tinatin Kajrishvili, They Have Escaped [+see also:
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by Finnish director Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää and the Dutch film The Dinner [+see also:
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by Menno Meyjes.

As usual, Braunschweig also honoured a great film-score composer by means of a retrospective: this time around, it was French composer Jean-Michel Bernard’s turn, who is perhaps best known for his recent collaborations with Michel Gondry.

(Translated from French)

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