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ARRAS 2016 Awards

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Glory tastes victory at Arras

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- The Golden Atlas has gone to Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s film, while the Silver Atlas was bestowed upon Anna's Life and Kills on Wheels was singled out with four prizes

Glory tastes victory at Arras
The winners of the festival, after the closing ceremony (© Arras Film Festival)

Chaired by Jean-Pierre Améris, the competition jury of the 17th Arras Film Festival has handed out the Golden Atlas - Grand Jury Prize to Glory [+see also:
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interview: Petar Valchanov
interview: Petar Valchanov, Kristina G…
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]
 by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov. The film, which was popular in competition at Locarno last summer, is the second feature by the Bulgarian duo, who rose to prominence with The Lesson [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Val…
interview: Margita Gosheva
film profile
]
 (revealed at Toronto and the winner of the main prize in the New Directors section of San Sebastián in 2014). The pair of filmmakers also won in a separate part of the gathering, emerging victorious in the Arras Days (where seven projects at the writing stage were pitched to a jury of three European professionals – read the news): their project The Father took home the main grant worth €8,000, courtesy of the CNC. Portraying a son’s reunion with his father following his mother’s passing, the screenplay (which they are co-writing with Decho Taralezhkov, as they did with the script for Glory) explores the topic of the myriad levels of communication problems that can arise between people, as well as the vicious circles that can ensue from them.

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The Silver Atlas, which serves to reward the best director, was bestowed upon Anna's Life [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Nino Basilia
film profile
]
, the feature debut by Georgia’s Nino Basilia.

The jury also handed out a "Coup de Coeur" (“Love at First Sight”) Award to Kills on Wheels [+see also:
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trailer
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]
 by Hungarian director Attila Till (his country’s hopeful in the race for the upcoming Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film, and which will be distributed in France on 25 January, courtesy of Pretty Pictures), which also pulled off an impressive hat-trick, pocketing the Audience Award, the Critics’ Award and the Young Jury Award.

As for the Arras Days, the second development aid grant, which comes with €5,000 from the city of Arras, went to the documentary project DM (Dusan Makavejev): Mysteries of Freedom by Goran Radovanovic, whose last work of fiction, Enclave [+see also:
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, represented Serbia in the race for the Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film last year. This project will revisit the forced exile of Yugoslav filmmaker Dusan Makavejev, who was banished by the communist powers in 1971 following the premiere of WR: Mysteries of the Organism.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Golden Atlas - Grand Jury Prize 
Glory [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Petar Valchanov
interview: Petar Valchanov, Kristina G…
film profile
]
 - Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov (Bulgaria/Greece)

Silver Atlas - Best Director 
Anna's Life [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Nino Basilia
film profile
]
 - Nino Basilia (Georgia)

Jury “Coup de Coeur” Award
Kills on Wheels [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Attila Till (Hungary)

Audience Award
Kills on Wheels - Attila Till

Critics’ Award 
Kills on Wheels - Attila Till

Young Jury Award
Kills on Wheels - Attila Till

(Translated from French)

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