Les Apaches and Family Tour share Linz Crossing Europe Award
by Vladan Petkovic
- The French and Spanish films tie for the award, while Italian documentary Dell’Arte della Guerra gets Social Awareness Award
The 11th Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz (25-30 April) ended with Thierry de Peretti's Les Apaches [+see also:
film profile] and Liliana Torres's Family Tour [+see also:
film profile] sharing the festival's main European Competition prize ex aequo, and getting €5,000 each from Linz Kultur and Land Oberösterreich/Kultur. The two films were competing in the selection of nine first or second films by their directors.
The Spanish-US co-production Long Distance [+see also:
interview: Carlos Marques-Marcet
film profile] by Carlos Marques-Marcet won the Audience Award, which consists of €1,000 from Crossing Europe, and a TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event package from Ray film magazine and the Creative Europe Desk Austria – MEDIA.
The Social Awareness Award for European Documentaries went to Dell’Arte della Guerra by Italy's Luca Bellino and Silvia Luizi, who received €6,000 from Land Oberösterreich/Soziales. The film will start its theatrical distribution in Italy next week.
A Special Mention went to Slovak-Czech co-production Normalization by Robert Kirchhoff.
Meanwhile, French director Claire Simon received the FEDEORA Critics' Award for European Documentaries for Human Geography.
The Crossing Europe Award for a Local Artist, awarded together with €5,000 from Land Oberösterreich/Kultur and €2,000 in post-production services from Synchro Vienna, went to Selma Doborac for the short It Was a Day Just Like Any Other in Spring or Summer. Kornelia Kugler and Hanna Bergfors received a Special Mention for Performance.
Lastly, Alexandra Schneider's documentary Private Revolutions won the Social Awareness Award for a Local Artist, with the director receiving €5,000 from Land Oberösterreich/Soziales.
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