Kahn’s A Better Life scoops double honours at Lisbon & Estoril Festival
Twilight Portrait, the debut feature by Angelina Nikonova (see video interview), produced by and starring Olga Dihovichnaya, was last night crowned Best Film at the 5th Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival. The Russian film thus continues its successful festival run after its acclaimed world premiere in Venice Days at the latest Venice Mostra (see news).
The Jury Prize (awarded by a jury comprising eminent figures in the arts, including John M. Coetzee and Don DeLillo) went to Cédric Kahn’s French film A Better Life. The drama starring Guillaume Canet and Leïla Bekhti (pictured) also won the Cineuropa Award. Cristina Soldano, a judge for the latter prize, said that the film “portrays present-day Europe, permeated by the loss of the meaning of human existence, with the resulting loss of direction of many of its inhabitants, deceived by unscrupulous political systems”. A Better Life [+see also:
interview: Cédric Kahn
film profile] will be released in France on January 4, 2012.
Special mentions went to Albanian-born, Greece-based director Bujar Alimani’s debut feature Amnesty [+see also:
interview: Bujar Alimani
film profile] (winner of the Cineuropa Award at the latest Lecce Film Festival), and Danish helmer Joachim Trier’s superb Oslo, August 31st [+see also:
interview: Joachim Trier
To see the daily coverage of the event, click here.
(Translated from Spanish)
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