Position Among the Stars wins ZagrebDox
by Vladan Petkovic
Dutch filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich’s Position Among the Stars [+see also:
film profile], winner of Best Feature-Length Documentary and Best Dutch Documentary at IDFA and the World Cinema Special Jury Prize at Sundance, won the Big Stamp for Best Film in International Competition at the 7th ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival (February 27 - March 6).
Joonas Berghall and Mika Hotakainen’s Steam of Life [+see also:
film profile] (Finland/Sweden), Finland’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards and a big festival favourite, received a special mention, as did Russian/Polish/Finnish co-production 17 August by Alexander Gutman.
Mladen Maticevic’s Run for Life from Serbia won the Movies That Matter Award for the film that best promotes human rights. Special mentions went to Power by Cathryn Collins (US) and Pit No. 8 by Marianna Kat (Estonia/Ukraine).
Vladimir Perovic’s Trials, Tribulations and Sustainable Growth of a Cock from Montenegro picked up the Regional Competition Big Stamp. Am I Happy or What? by Croatia’s Vanja Juranic Svilicic and Hotel Paradise by Bulgaria’s Sophia Tzavella received special mentions.
The Audience Award went to Lucy Walker’s Waste Land [+see also:
film profile] (UK/Brazil), also winner of the Audience Award in the World Cinema-Documentary competition at Sundance and a nominee for a Best Documentary Feature Academy Award.
The Small Stamp, awarded to the best film by a filmmaker under 30, went to Poland’s Piotr Zlotorowicz for Charcoal Burners, while Croatia’s Darko Stankovic got a special mention for The One Who’s Gone.
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