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Diagonale rewards Covi and Frimmel

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- The Austrian Film Festival held in Graz rewarded the duo for The Shine of Day, praised the producers of Love, and discovered a young revelation

Diagonale rewards Covi and Frimmel

The 16thedition of the Diagonale Festival of Austrian Film, which welcomes around 25,000 spectators and 1,300 accredited visitors every year to the beautiful university town of Graz, the second largest city in Austria after Vienna, ended this Sunday with the victory of The Shine of Day [+see also:
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 (photo) by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, the duo who switched from documentaries to fiction and to whom we already owe another festival favourite: La pivellina [+see also:
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The Shine of Day, which already brought Walter Saabel a Best Actor Award at the last Locarno Film Festival, won the Grand Prix Diagonale with its 15,000 euros for the directors and 6,000 euros for the film’s production company (Vento Film). The jury, which notably included German director Angelina Maccarone, appreciated the simplicity of the direct and frank approach of Covi and Frimmel to the friendship born between a young actor and his old neighbour, to the theatrical world as opposed to life, liberty and individuals’ responsibilities.

The Grand Diagonale Prize for Acting went to Maria Hofstätter (the believer in Paradise: Faith [+see also:
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by Ulrich Seidl) for all her films. The Best Actress Prize was awarded to Johanna Orsini-Rosenberg for her role as a determined woman in Soldate Jeannette by Daniel HoeslJohannes Nussbaum won the Best Actor Award for Diamantenfieber – Kauf dir lieber einen bunten Luftballon by Peter Kern. The jury, composed of five members including director Marie Kreutzer (The Fatherless [+see also:
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), was impressed by the luminous presence of Nussbaum and complimented Kern for having discovered a true star.

The Prize for Innovative Production and its 10,000 euros was awarded to the Austrian producers (Michael Katz and Veit Heiduschka for Wega Film) for the Palme d’Or and Oscar winning film Amour [+see also:
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by Michael Haneke.

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(Translated from French)

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