A Quiet Passion wins Film Fest Gent’s Grand Prix, Home two Audience Awards
by Aurore Engelen
- The jury was in rhapsodies over the British-Belgian co-production by Terence Davies, while Fien Troch’s movie was hailed twofold by the public and by the two juries
The 43rd Film Fest Gent drew to a close at the weekend, crowning Terence Davies’ film A Quiet Passion [+see also:
film profile] with the Grand Prix. Home [+see also:
interview: Fien Troch
film profile] by Fien Troch took home the Georges Delerue Award for Best Music, handed out by the official jury, and also received a Special Mention in the Explore Zone Trail section, judged by the youth jury. Furthermore, the film snagged both of the Audience Awards that were up for grabs.
After a long and passionate discussion, the jury, made up of French director of Vietnamese descent Tran Anh Hung, British novelist Jonathan Coe, Belgian and French actresses Maiike Neuville, Lina El Arabi and India Hair, and chaired by British producer Jeremy Thomas, opted to award the film that it considered both the most daring and the most rigorous, A Quiet Passion by Terence Davies, which portrays the life of American poet Emily Dickinson, and which was revealed out of competition at Berlin. The film, produced by Hurricane Films, was partly shot in Belgium, where it was co-produced by Potemkino. The Georges Delerue Award for Best Music was bestowed upon Johnny Jewel for the original soundtrack to Home by Fien Troch. The jury particularly appreciated the way in which the music accompanies the young characters and successfully translates their inner world, capturing all the energy and turbulence of their emotions. Interestingly, Glory [+see also:
interview: Petar Valchanov, Kristina G…
film profile] by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (a co-production between Bulgaria and Greece) earned itself a Special Mention from the jury.
The youth jury chose to single out Julia Ducournau’s film Raw [+see also:
interview: Julia Ducournau
film profile] (another French-Belgian co-production, between Petit Film, Rouge International and Frakas, and also shot in Belgium for the most part), awarding it the Explore Award, and also handed a Special Mention to Fien Troch’s Home.
Lastly, we should point out that Troch’s film pocketed the two Audience Awards that were up for grabs: the Port of Ghent Public Choice Award and the Canvas Audience Award. The film will come out in Belgium on 11 January, distributed by Cinéart.
Here is the complete list of award winners:
Best European Short Film
Timecode - Juanjo Giménez Peña (Spain)
Best Belgian Student Short
Boi - Anthony Nti (Belgium)
ACE + The Fridge Public Choice Award for Best Belgian Short
Boi - Anthony Nti (Belgium)
Home - Fien Troch (Belgium)
(Translated from French)