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Losers is actually a winner at Moscow IFF

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- Ivaylo Hristov’s coming-of-age drama won the festival’s top award, the Golden George

Losers is actually a winner at Moscow IFF
Ivaylo Hristov with his Golden George for Best Film

The 37th edition of the Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) ended on Friday with the gathering’s top award, the Golden George for Best Film, going to the Bulgarian drama Losers [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Ivaylo Hristov
film profile
]
. It is the second feature by director Ivaylo Hristov to compete at Moscow, five years after his Footsteps in the Sand vied for the same award.

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Written by Hristov and staged by Pro Film with Assen Vladimirov as producer, Losers follows Elena (Elena Telbis), Koko (Ovanes Torosyan), Patso (Plamen Dimov) and Gosho (Georgi Gotsin), four high-school students in a small provincial town. United by the belief that they are losers, they must face various challenges while their all-too-tranquil town is brought back to life by a concert being played by a famous rock band.

Shot by DoP Emil Hristov in black and white, the film impresses with good acting and a light, funny approach to the characters’ misadventures (read the review). The cast is rounded off by Deyan Donkov, Kristina Yaneva, Ivaylo Draganov, Dragomir Draganov and Nikolai Milchev

Among the European winners at MIFF, there was also Frederikke Aspock’s Rosita [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(Denmark), the recipient of the Silver George for Best Director. The Special Prize for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema went to French director Jean-Jacques Annaud, while actress Jacqueline Bisset received a Special Prize for Outstanding Achievement in an Acting Career.

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