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Two elderly alcoholics take the top prize at Eurodok

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- Oslo’s European Documentary Film Festival awarded prizes to Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden’s Ne Me Quitte Pas, and Runar Jarle’s No Word for Worry

Two elderly alcoholics take the top prize at Eurodok
Ne Me Quitte Pas by Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden

Dutch directors Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden’s Ne Me Quitte Pas [+see also:
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received the Grand Jury Prize at the 12th Eurodok – European Documentary Film Festival in Oslo, which ended yesterday, 23 March.

The festival winner portrays two elderly alcoholics, Bob and Marcel, who have lost their faith in life and in themselves; they spend most of the time in Bob’s kitchen discussing love, life and death, drowning their sorrows in alcohol – a lot of it.

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“There are moments in the film that the jury will carry with them for a long time,” explained the jury, comprising festival director Tommy Lørdahl, of the Oslo International Film Festival; editor Lars Ole Kristiansen, of Montages web magazine; and director Kari Moe (Bravehearts).

They gave a Special Mention to Swedish director Mia Engberg’s Belleville Baby [+see also:
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, a story of love, deceit, honour, power, sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, which has previously received a Guldbagge Award – Sweden’s national film prize – and was named Best Nordic Documentary at Göteborg.

For the first time, the festival awarded the Audience Favourite Award: this was won by Norwegian director Runar Jarle’s No Word for Worry. The film is about the Moken people, who have lived on the Mergui Archipelago, off the Myanmar coast, both above and below water, unchanged since the dawn of modern humankind.

“The festival confirmed that the interest in documentaries is greater than ever and that audiences still prefer to watch a documentary in a theatre, rather than at home,” concluded festival director Jan Langlo, who this year screened 30 documentaries to 3,100 spectators, up 35% on 2013.

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