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A Simple Life and Barzakh reap Black Nights awards

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A Simple Life and Barzakh reap Black Nights awards

The biggest film event of the Baltic region, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, held its 15th edition from November 16 – 30.

In the EurAsia competition, Ann Hui’s A Simple Life (Hong Kong) won the Grand Prix, the Don Quixote Award of the International Federation of Film Societies (FICC), and Best Actress for Deanie Ip. Best Director went to Lynne Ramsay (pictured) for We Need to Talk about Kevin [+see also:
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, and Sven Nordin received Best Actor for Jens Lien’s Sons of Norway [+see also:
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Actor/director Shinya Tsukamoto and singer-actress Cocco received a special mention for outstanding performance and cinematic language for Kotoko (Japan). Special mention for first time director went to Romania’s Gabriel Achim for Adalbert's Dream [+see also:
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, and another special mention was given to Wojciech Smarzovski’s Rose [+see also:
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In the Tridens Baltic Feature Film competition, Laila Pakalnina’s 33 Animals of Santa Claus and Mantas Kvedaravicius’s Barzakh shared the Best Film Award. The latter also won the FIPRESCI Award for Best Baltic Film. The HEAVE(i)N Estonian Film Award went to Katrin Laur’s Graveyard Keeper’s Daughter [+see also:
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, and Mart Taniel was awarded Best Cinematographer for his work on Rainer Sarnet’s The Idiot.

Iran’s Morteza Farshbaf received the NETPAC Jury Award for Mourning, and the Audience Award went to Ole Christian Madsen’s Superclasico [+see also:
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Lifetime Achievement Awards were given to Aleksandr Sokurov, Fridrik Thor Fridrikson, Estonian director Rein Ramaat and Estonian cinematographer Rein Maran.

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