Toni Erdmann wins big at the Brussels Film Festival
by Aurore Engelen
- Maren Ade’s film took home not only the Golden Iris Award, but also Best Screenplay and the RTBF Award
The 14th edition of the Brussels Film Festival came to a close on Friday 24 June with the awards ceremony. The official jury was made up of Flemish actress Natali Broods, Italian director Emanuele Crialese, Belgian actor Pierre Dherte, Dutch actor Derek De Lint and Croatian director Ivona Juka.
Widely acclaimed when it was selected at Cannes in May this year, where the film came as a pleasant surprise for many critics (and where it also won the FIPRESCI Award), Toni Erdmann [+see also:
Q&A: Maren Ade
film profile] by Maren Ade also ingratiated itself with the Brussels Film Festival jury, who were won over by this story of a chaotic reunion between a daughter who is an impeccably dressed senior executive, and her newly retired, easy-going father.
Meanwhile, the White Iris Award went to A Good Wife [+see also:
film profile], the feature debut by Serbian actress-director Mirjana Karanovic, which was unveiled at Sundance in January. The director plays the lead role, stepping into the shoes of a woman who comes back to post-war Serbia to exorcise her own secrets and unearth those of others.
The jury also chose to hand its Jury Award to the Spanish title Callback [+see also:
interview: Carles Torras
film profile] by Carles Torras, which snagged the Golden Biznaga for Best Film after its premiere at the Málaga Film Festival.
We should also note that the Cineuropa Award was given to Pikadero [+see also:
interview: Ben Sharrock
film profile] by Ben Sharrock. This film is an unusual project, as it was shot in the Basque language by a British director, and delves to the heart of some topical social issues, exploring the consequences of the financial crisis and the fate (or lack thereof) of young Spaniards who cannot afford to leave the comfort of their family home.
This year, the festival also invited German filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff as Guest of Honour. In addition to leading a film class in Flagey, he also kicked off a retrospective dedicated to him by introducing his cult film The Tin Drum.
Here is the complete list of winners at the 2016 edition of the festival:
Best Screenplay Award
Toni Erdmann - Maren Ade
RTBF TV Award for Best Film
Toni Erdmann - Maren Ade
BeTV Award for Best Film
The Olive Tree - Icíar Bollaín
Studio L’Equipe Award for Best Short Film
De Broers van Bommel - Laurens Jans
Cinelab Award for Best Cinematography in a Short Film
Fiona Braillon - Drôle d’oiseau (Anouk Fortunie)
(Translated from French)