Lucifer triumphs at Wroclaw
by Dorota Hartwich
- Gust Van den Berghe, Miguel Gomes and Austrian filmmakers Rainer Kohlberger and Severin Fiala-Veronika Franz among the winners of the 15th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival
Belgian filmmaker Gust Van den Berghe, Portuguese director Miguel Gomes, Austrian filmmaker Rainer Kohlberger and his fellow countrymen Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, Lebanese director Akram Zaatari and Polish directors Grzegorz Zariczny and Agnieszka Zwiefka are the winners of the 15th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, which came to a close yesterday in Wrocław.
The Grand Prize of the official competition (of €20,000) went to Lucifer [+see also:
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The FIPRESCI Prize was awarded to Miguel Gomes for his Arabian Nights [+see also:
interview: Miguel Gomes
film profile] trilogy, and the Audience Award went to Austrian duo Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz for their staggering piece Goodnight Mommy [+see also:
interview: Severin Fiala and Veronika …
In the international competition, which is reserved for films on art, Twenty Eight Nights and a Poem by Akram Zaatari came out on top, and The Wolfpack by Crystal Moselle received a special mention. The prize for Best European Short Film was awarded to Moon Blink by Rainer Kohlberger.
Two Polish filmmakers also received awards at the closing ceremony of the Festival in Wroclaw: Grzegorz Zariczny for Love, Love, which was chosen as the Best Polish Short Film, and Agnieszka Zwiefka for The Queen of Silence [+see also:
film profile], which featured in the Zoom section for filmmakers and visual artists from Wroclaw and Lower Silesia.
(Translated from French)