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AWARDS Germany

Plethora of prize-winners at Munich

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The Munich International Film Festival (June 25-July 3), which since its creation in 1983 has become the second most important film event in Germany after the Berlinale, has selected winners for its many parallel prizes (the main festival is non-competitive).

For its third edition, the Arri-Zeiss Award for Best Foreign Film (worth €50,000) was presented to BonG Joon-ho’s Mother. A Special Mention was given to Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó for Tender Son – The Frankenstein Project [+see also:
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The Young German Cinema Awards (worth a total of €60,000) went to director Ralf Westhoff for Der Letzte Schöne Herbsttag [+see also:
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(“The Last Beautiful Autumn Day”); the producers of Transit [+see also:
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by Philipp Leinemann; Ulrich Peltzer and Christoph Hochhäusler for the screenplay to The City Below [+see also:
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; actress Ulrike Arnold for her performance in Morgen das Leben and actor Jochen Strodthoff for the same film.

The CineVision Award (€12,000), for non-German debut and second films, went to Michelangelo Frammartino’s The Four Times [+see also:
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, which also won honours at Cannes. As announced, the festival’s CineMerit prizes rewarded Abbas Kiarostami and Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen’s contributions to cinema.

The Bernhard Wicki Awards, which honour films that inspire tolerance and humanism, were presented to Jasmila Zbanic’s Berlin competition title On the Path [+see also:
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(see review); actress Sibel Kekilli for her role in Feo Aladag’s When We Leave [+see also:
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(see review), which was selected in the Berlinale Panorama; Philip Koch’s Cannes-acclaimed debut film Picco [+see also:
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(see review); and young director Shirin Neshat for Women Without Men [+see also:
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The Munich Interfilm Academy’s One Future Award went to Francesca Comencini’s The White Space [+see also:
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and to Peter Fleischmann (figure of the "New German Cinema" of the 1960s and1970s) for Lifetime Achievement.

The Audience Award went to Philipp J. Pamer’s US title Mountain Blood, while the Young Audience Award was handed to Andrzej Maleszka’s Polish film The Magic Tree.

Finally, the White Elephant for Children’s Film was awarded to director Franziska Buch and producer Uschi Reich (Bavaria Film/ Constantin Film/ Kiddinx Filmproduction) for Here Comes Lola [+see also:
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For further information about the films and the rest of the prizes, click here .

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(Translated from French)

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