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Park wins Golden Tower at Palić

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- Other winners at the European Film Festival include Axolotl Overkill and Quit Staring at My Plate

Park wins Golden Tower at Palić
Amanda Livanou, producer of Park, collects the Golden Tower (© European Film Festival Palić)

The 24th European Film Festival Palić (July 15-21) wrapped on Friday with the victory of Sofia Exarchou's Park [+see also:
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interview: Sofia Exarchou
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]
.

The Greek film won the main award of the festival, the Golden Tower, while the Palić Tower award for Best Director went to Germany's Helene Hegemann for Axolotl Overkill [+see also:
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]
, which had its world premiere at Sundance. A special mention went to Igor Bezinović for A Brief Excursion [+see also:
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]
, which also won the Grand Golden Arena for Best Film at the Croatian Pula Film Festival this weekend (read news). The jury was presided over by Cristi Puiu.

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The two films competed in the Official Selection which also included Jupiter's Moon [+see also:
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interview: Kornél Mundruczó
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]
, Ana mon amour [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Călin Peter Netzer
film profile
]
, Lucky [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Sergio Castellitto
film profile
]
, Redoubtable [+see also:
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Q&A: Michel Hazanavicius
film profile
]
, Spoor
 [+see also:
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interview: Agnieszka Holland
interview: Zofia Wichlacz
film profile
]
, and A Gentle Creature [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Sergei Loznitsa
film profile
]
, while Loveless [+see also:
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]
, Requiem for Mrs J.
 [+see also:
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interview: Bojan Vuletić
film profile
]
and On Body and Soul [+see also:
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interview: Ildiko Enyedi
film profile
]
screened out of competition. All the films were eligible for the Audience Award, which went to Ildiko Enyedi's Berlinale winner.

In the Parallels and Encounters programme, the Critics Jury gave the Best Film award to Quit Staring at My Plate [+see also:
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interview: Hana Jušić
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]
by Hana Jušić - who also won Best Director at Pula - and a special mention to The Last Family [+see also:
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by Polish filmmaker Jan P. Matuszyński.

Other features of the festival included the traditional New Hungarian Film section, Croatia in Focus, Eco Dox, and Young Spirit of Europe, which saw the international premiere of Cannes ACID French title The Starry Sky Above Me [+see also:
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]
by Ilan Klipper.

The honorary Aleksandar Lifka Award for an outstanding contribution to European film was given to British Oscar and BAFTA-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton, and legendary Serbian actor Slavko Štimac.

The Underground Spirit Award was given to French experimental filmmaker Bertrand Mandico for exceptional work in the field of independent film.

The awards:

Golden Tower
Park [+see also:
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interview: Sofia Exarchou
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]
– Sofia Exarchou (Greece/Poland)

Palić Tower for Best Director
Helene Hegemann - Axolotl Overkill [+see also:
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]
(Germany)

Special Mention
Igor Bezinović - A Brief Excursion [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
(Croatia)

Audience Award
On Body and Soul [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Ildiko Enyedi
film profile
]
- Ildiko Enyedi (Hungary)

Critics’ Award
Quit Staring at My Plate [+see also:
film review
trailer
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interview: Hana Jušić
film profile
]
- Hana Jušić (Croatia/Denmark)
Special Mention
The Last Family [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Jan P. Matuszyński (Poland)

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