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Kahn’s A Better Life scoops double honours at Lisbon & Estoril Festival

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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).

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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:
film review
trailer
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:
film review
trailer
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:
film review
trailer
interview: Joachim Trier
film profile
]
.

To see the daily coverage of the event, click here.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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