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GIJÓN 2014 Awards

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Asia conquers Gijón

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- In the official competition, Titli, Melbourne and Life Feels Good got two awards each; Song of the Sea won in AnimaFICX, while No Land’s Song bagged Best Documentary

Asia conquers Gijón
A still from Life Feels Good

On Saturday 29 November, the award winners were announced at the 52nd edition of the Gijón International Film Festival; the trophies were handed out by a jury comprising Santiago Zannou, Alberto Ammann, Hebe Tabachnik, Natalia Verbeke and Cristóbal Arteaga. Titli, an Indian production directed by Kanu Behl, was the big winner, as it walked away with the Best Feature Film and Best Actress Awards (the latter for Shivani Raghuvanshi), followed by the Iranian title Melbourne, which won the Best Director and Best Script Awards, both of which ended up in the hands of Nima Javidi, as did the Young Jury Prize. The Polish movie Life Feels Good [+see also:
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, by Maciej Pieprzyca, snagged the Best Actor (for Dawid Ogrodnik) and Best Art Direction (for Joanna Wojcik) Awards. Greece’s Xenia [+see also:
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, by Panos H Koutras, was awarded the Special Jury Prize, while the FIPRESCI jury crowned Party Girl [+see also:
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, by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis.

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The delightful Song of the Sea [+see also:
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, by Tomm Moore (read the review), bagged the AnimaFICX Award “for achieving excellence in its blend of tradition and modernity, and for the poetic power of its directing”, according to the jury’s statement. No Land’s Song, by Ayat Najafi, did the same in the documentary competition, from which Elio Quiroga went home with a Special Mention for El misterio del rey del cinema. The Enfants Terribles Award for the Best Feature Film for 12-year-olds and under went to Fiddlesticks [+see also:
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, by German director Veit Helmer, while About a Girl [+see also:
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, by his fellow countryman Mark Monheim, won the Best Film Award in the section for the over-13s.

Fuego [+see also:
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, by Luis Marías (read the review); Traitors, by Sean GulletteSamba [+see also:
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, by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano; and Por la puerta grande, by Asur Fuente, each received Audience Awards in their respective sections: the official competition, Rellumes, Gran Angular Ficción and Gran Angular Tierra Astur (Best Asturian Film). The complete list of award winners is available here.

(Translated from Spanish)

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