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Two French comedies come out on top at Emden-Norderney

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- L’Étudiante et Monsieur Henri and One Man and His Cow won over audiences at the gathering

Two French comedies come out on top at Emden-Norderney
The winners of the 27th edition of the International Filmfest Emden Norderney

The 27th edition of the International Filmfest Emden Norderney (1-8 June) has drawn to a close with a twofold victory for France. Two comedies, L’Étudiante et Monsieur Henri [+see also:
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by Ivan Calbérac, starring Claude Brasseur, and One Man and His Cow [+see also:
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by Mohamed Hamidi, split the top prize, the SCORE Bernhard Wicki Award, which is endowed with €10,000 and decided on by the audience. These two titles came in ahead of the new movie by superb Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland (and the latest instalment in a series of very popular Danish crime films), A Conspiracy of Faith [+see also:
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, as well as The First, The Last [+see also:
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by Belgium’s Bouli Lanners and Welcome to Norway! [+see also:
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by Rune Denstad Langlo

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Meanwhile, the latter film snagged the DGB Award (worth €7,000), which serves to recognise a socially committed movie. The NDR Award for Best First or Second Feature (€5,000) went to the Austrian-German biographical tale Lou Andreas-Salomé [+see also:
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by Cordula Kablitz-Post, about the titular psychoanalyst and feminist, who was one of Freud’s students and one of Rilke’s lovers. The Creative Energy Award (€5,000) singled out screenwriters Michael Proehl and Holger Karsten Schmidt for the gripping thriller Das weiße Kaninchen by Florian Schwarz, in which a 13-year-old girl believes she has met a 16-year-old boy online, but in actual fact she has got overly friendly with a fortysomething teacher and father.

24 Weeks [+see also:
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Q&A: Anne Zohra Berrached
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by Anne Zohra Berrached, a drama about the doubts experienced by a mother who is expecting a disabled child, which was unveiled in competition at the most recent Berlin Film Festival, pocketed the AOK Award (€5,000), intended for a movie that addresses a health-related subject in a fresh, original way. 

The jury for the East Frisia Award for Best Short Film gave first place to Operator by Caroline Bartleet (United Kingdom), followed by Samira by Charlotte Rolfes (Germany), and then Home Suite Home by Jeroen Houben (the Netherlands) in third place. 

This year, 24,300 visitors graced the Filmfest Emden-Norderney with their presence. The event’s director, Rolf Eckard, remarked, “Not only did we exceed the great result from last year (23,500 viewers), but we also beat the record from the 25th edition (24,000).” 

Here is the complete list of winners:

SCORE Bernhard Wicki Award
L’Étudiante et Monsieur Henri [+see also:
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– Ivan Calbérac
One Man and His Cow [+see also:
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– Mohamed Hamidi

DGB Award
Welcome to Norway! [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rune Denstad Langlo
film profile
]
Rune Denstad Langlo 

NDR Award
Lou Andreas-Salomé [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
– Cordula Kablitz-Post

Creative Energy Award
Michael Proehl and Holger Karsten Schmidt – Das weiße Kaninchen

AOK Award
24 Weeks [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: Anne Zohra Berrached
film profile
]
– Anne Zohra Berrached 

(Translated from French)

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