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The Yard and United States of Love honoured at the Valletta Film Festival

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- Parents, 24 Weeks and The Walls were also among the winners

The Yard and United States of Love honoured at the Valletta Film Festival
Tomasz Wasilewski receiving the Best Director Award (© VFF)

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 review
trailer
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:
film review
trailer
film focus
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:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: Anne Zohra Berrached
film profile
]
, as well as Soren Malling, who won Best Actor for his turn in Parents [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Christian Tafdrup. Meanwhile, Keeper [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
interview: Guillaume Senez ­
interview: Kacey Mottet Klein
film profile
]
by Guillaume Senez received the Teens Choice Award, handed out by a jury of youngsters.

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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:
trailer
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]
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 Feature Film
The Yard [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Måns Månsson

Best Director
Tomasz Wasilewski - United States of Love [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Tomasz Wasilewski
film profile
]

Best Actor
Soren Malling - Parents [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]

Best Actress
Dorota Kolak - United States of Love [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Tomasz Wasilewski
film profile
]

Best Cinematography
Ita Zbroniec Zajt - The Yard [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]

Best Screenplay
Carl Geber, Anne Zohra Berrached - 24 Weeks [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: Anne Zohra Berrached
film profile
]

Best Documentary
Walls - Pablo Iraburu, Migueltxo Molina
Special Mention
Hotel Dallas [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang

Best Short Film
Bellissima - Alessandro Capitani
Special Mentions
All Rights Reserved - Anael Ruth Resnick, Laila Betternann
A Six and Two Threes - Andy Berriman
The Van Bommel Brothers - Laurens Jans

Teens Choice Award
Keeper [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
interview: Guillaume Senez ­
interview: Kacey Mottet Klein
film profile
]
- Guillaume Senez 

(Translated from French)

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