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Mustang is awarded the Grand Prix and the Golden Duke for Best Film at Odessa

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- The FIPRESCI prize went to the co-production The Dybbuk. A Tale of Wandering Souls

Mustang is awarded the Grand Prix and the Golden Duke for Best Film at Odessa
Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven receiving her award

The sixth edition of the Odessa International Film Festival (Ukraine) wound up on Saturday 18 July with an award ceremony that turned the spotlight onto women, with two female directors being awarded two of the biggest prizes of the festival apiece. 

Unveiled during Directors’ Fortnight at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Turkish-French-German co-production Mustang [+see also:
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interview: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
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]
, by director Deniz Gamze Ergüven, was awarded the Grand Prix by the public and the prize for Best Film. For her debut feature film, the director chose to focus on the status of women in Turkey by exploring the fate of five young sisters.

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The Jury of the International Competition, presided over by French director Jeanne Labrune and made up of directors Šarūnas Bartas (Lithuania), Srđan Dragojević (Serbia) and Sergey Bukovsky (Ukraine) and Polish producer Dariusz Jabloński, also awarded Song of Songs [+see also:
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 by Ukrainian director Eva Neymann the Golden Dukes for Best Film in the International Competition and Best Ukrainian Feature Film. The film was premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2015

Israeli actress Tamar Alkan received an award for her role in The Man in the Wall by Evgeny Ruman, and the documentary The Dybbuk. A Tale of Wandering Souls (a co-production between Poland, Sweden, the Ukraine and Israel) by Krzysztof Kopczyński was awarded the FIPRESCI prize for Best Film in the National Competition. 

The festival, which concluded with a screening of An [+see also:
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by Naomi Kawase, featured a rich selection of recent and acclaimed films (The High Sun [+see also:
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interview: Dalibor Matanic
interview: Tihana Lazovic
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]
, Son of Saul [+see also:
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Q&A: László Nemes
interview: László Rajk
film profile
]
, The Lobster [+see also:
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Q&A: Yorgos Lanthimos
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]
…), distinguished guests (Thierry Frémaux for a screening and live commentary of Lumière!, Darren Aronofsky…) and workshops for professionals, including conferences, the Pitching and Works in Progress sessions, and networking events. 

For a complete list of the winners of the festival click here and here.

(Translated from French)

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