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Montanha emerges triumphant at Montpellier

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- The feature debut by João Salaviza has won the Golden Antigone at the 37th Mediterranean Film Festival, while the Audience Award went to Good Luck Algeria

Montanha emerges triumphant at Montpellier
Montanha by João Salaviza

Revealed in the Venice Critics’ Week, Montanha [+see also:
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by Portuguese director João Salaviza has gone home with the Golden Antigone for Best Film at the 37th Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival. Co-produced by Portugal (Filmes do Tejo II) and France (Les Films de l'Après-midi), the feature debut by the filmmaker (who won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2009 and the Golden Bear at Berlin in 2012 with his short films) will be distributed in Portuguese theatres on 19 November by Midas and in France on 6 April 2016 by Pyramide, which is also in charge of the international sales.

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The jury chaired by actor-director Roschdy Zem also gave out a Special Mention to Dégradé [+see also:
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by Palestinian brothers Arab and Tarzan Nasser (popular in the Cannes Critics’ Week), which will be released in France by Le Pacte on 10 February 2016 and is being sold by Elle Driver. Interestingly, the movie also snagged the Young Audience Award.

The Audience Award went to the Franco-Belgian comedy Good Luck Algeria [+see also:
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by Farid Bentoumi (read the article), a production by Les Films Velvet together with Les Films du fleuve, which will come out in France on 30 March 2016, courtesy of Ad Vitam, and which is being sold abroad by Films Distribution.

Also of note on the list of prizes were the Critics’ Award handed to Three Windows and a Hanging [+see also:
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interview: Arben Zharku
interview: Isa Qosja
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by Kosovar director Isa Qosja and the Best Musical Score Award given to Amama [+see also:
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interview: Asier Altuna
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by Spaniard Asier Altuna. As for the short films, the Turkish title Péché by Gülistan Acet won the Grand Prix, and Basil Khalil’s Ave Maria (Palestine/France/Germany) pocketed the Audience Award, while the Documentary category was won by (Be)Longing [+see also:
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by João Pedro Plácido (Portugal/Switzerland/France), with a Special Mention going to Toto and His Sisters [+see also:
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 by Romanian director Alexander Nanau

(Translated from French)

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