Zhaleika wins the top award at the 20th Sofia International Film Festival
by Stefan Dobroiu
- I, Olga Hepnarova, Frenzy and Rauf were among the other winning titles
Zhaleika [+see also:
film profile], Eliza Petkova’s Berlinale-selected first feature, has received the Sofia City of Film Grand Prix Award at the 20th edition of the Sofia International Film Festival (11-20 March). The jury chaired by Georgian director Dito Tsintsadze offered the Special Jury Award to The Summer of Frozen Fountains [+see also:
interview: Vano Burduli
film profile] (Georgia/Russia) by director Vano Burduli.
My Father, My Mother, My Sister (Bulgaria) by Dimitar Kotsev-Shosho received the Audience Award, while the Best Director Award went to Tomas Weinreb and Petr Kazda for their film I, Olga Hepnarova [+see also:
interview: Tomáš Weinreb, Petr Kazda
film profile] (Czech Republic/Poland/Slovakia). A Special Mention went to Anjela Nedyalkova for her role in The Paradise Suite [+see also:
film profile] (the Netherlands/Sweden/Bulgaria).
Red Light by Toma Vasharov received the Best Bulgarian Short Film Award; meanwhile, the Best Documentary Award went to Tomer Heymann’s Mr. Gaga [+see also:
film profile] (Israel/Sweden/Germany/the Netherlands) and the documentary jury handed out two Special Mentions – to Eldora Traykova’s Cambridge (Bulgaria) and Christopher Pryor’s The Ground We Won (New Zealand).
The Best Balkan Film Award went to Frenzy [+see also:
film profile] (Turkey/France/Qatar) by Emin Alper, and Zeki Demirkubuz’s Nausea (Turkey) received a Special Mention. Ivaylo Hristov’s Losers [+see also:
interview: Ivaylo Hristov
film profile] won an award given out by the Bulgarian Guild of Film Critics, whereas the Best Bulgarian Feature Film was deemed to be Svetla Tsotsorkova’s Thirst [+see also:
interview: Svetla Tsotsorkova
film profile]. Lastly, the FIPRESCI Award went to Rauf [+see also:
film profile] (Turkey) by Soner Caner and Baris Kaya.
The 20th edition of the Sofia IFF presented a total of 210 films from 58 countries. Approximately 270 directors, producers, festival organisers and film experts were among this edition’s guests, and directors Terry Gilliam, Bela Tarr and Ted Kotcheff received the Sofia Award for their contributions to world cinema.
Here is the complete list of the award winners:
My Father, My Mother, My Sister – Dimitar Kotsev-Shosho
Best Bulgarian Short Film
Red Light – Toma Vasharov
Mr Gaga – Tomer Heymann
Special Mentions (Documentary Jury)
Cambridge – Eldora Traykova
The Ground We Won – Christopher Pryor
Special Mention (Balkan Jury)
Nausea – Zeki Demirkubuz
Sofia Award of Sofia Municipality for Contribution to World Cinema
Georgi Stoev (Jackie), Georgi Petkov (Johnny) and Christo Iliev (Charlie)