Popogrebsky wins Art Film Fest, which sets new attendance record
Alexei Popogrebsky's Berlinale competition title How I Ended This Summer won the Blue Angel and the accompanying €15,000 prize for Best Film at the recent 18th Art Film Fest.
Hong Kong filmmaker Ann Hui chaired the jury of Czech scriptwriter Marek Epstein, French-Iranian film critic Shahle Nahid, Austrian filmmaker Johanna Tomek and Kosovan filmmaker Arben Zharku.
This year's edition of the festival, held annually in Trenčianske Teplice and Trenčín, saw more than 28,000 admissions, an increase of more than 5,000 over last year. Among the festival's many guests was French actor Gérard Depardieu, who received the festival's Actor's Mission Award.
The Best Actor award went to George Pistereanu for his performance in director Florin Serban’s Romanian-Swedish co-production If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle [+see also:
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American actress Jennifer Lawrence received the award for Best Actress for her role in Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone.
The jury also bestowed two Special Mention awards, one to Swedish actor Sebastian Hiort af Ornäs for his portrayal of a young outsider in Babak Najafi's film Sebbe [+see also:
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The festival's On the Road Award for best short film went to Paul Wright's Viera.
Among the non-statutory awards was the first-ever Film Europe Award. A joint initiative by Art Film Fest, Film Europe Media Company and the national broadcaster Kino CS, the award was presented to Mátyás Prikler for his Thanks, Fine. The film screened in the Cinéfondation competition section at Cannes earlier this year.
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