The Yard and United States of Love honoured at the Valletta Film Festival
by Laura Nanchino
- Parents, 24 Weeks and The Walls were also among the winners
Following nine days of festivities, the second edition of the Valletta Film Festival handed out its awards on Saturday 11 June.
The jury for the fiction competition, made up of German director Carolina Heilsgard, Romanian actress Cosmina Stratan, Egyptian director Tamer El Said, Belgian director Valéry Rosier and Franco-Chilean actor Brontis Jodorowsky, honoured the Swedish film The Yard [+see also:
film profile] by Måns Månsson with two prizes: the Tritons for Best Film and Best Cinematography (for Ita Zbroniec-Zajt). United States of Love [+see also:
interview: Tomasz Wasilewski
film profile] also snagged two trophies: Tomasz Wasilewski was named Best Director and Dorota Kolak Best Actress. The jury also singled out screenwriters Carl Geber and Anne Zohra Berrached for 24 Weeks [+see also:
Q&A: Anne Zohra Berrached
film profile], as well as Soren Malling, who won Best Actor for his turn in Parents [+see also:
film profile] by Christian Tafdrup. Meanwhile, Keeper [+see also:
interview: Guillaume Senez
interview: Kacey Motten Klein
film profile] by Guillaume Senez received the Teens Choice Award, handed out by a jury of youngsters.
As for the documentaries, Walls by Pablo Iraburu and Migueltxo Molina was crowned Best Film, while the jury, comprising Latvian director Laila Pakalniņa, the founder of Sunny Side of the Doc, Yves Janneau, and the director of the Reykjavik Film Festival, Hrönn Marinósdóttir, bestowed a Special Mention upon Hotel Dallas [+see also:
film profile] by Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang.
The short-film jury, made up of US journalist Alissia Simon, Irish screenwriter Mary Kate O’Flanagan, and Maltese directors and screenwriter Kenneth Scicluna, Stefan Babara and Sergiu Ciorescu, offered Italian director Alessandro Capitani the Triton for Best Film for Bellissima, in addition to three Special Mentions.
The third edition of the Valletta Film Festival, organised by the Film Grain Foundation, will be held from 16-25 June 2017.
Here is the complete list of winners at the Valletta Film Festival:
Best Short Film
Bellissima - Alessandro Capitani
All Rights Reserved - Anael Ruth Resnick, Laila Betternann
A Six and Two Threes - Andy Berriman
The Van Bommel Brothers - Laurens Jans
(Translated from French)