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FEST ESPINHO 2016 Awards

Portugal’s FEST crowns Aloys


- The Portuguese film Brothers by Pedro Magano has snagged the Best Documentary Award

Portugal’s FEST crowns Aloys
Aloys by Tobias Nölle

Tobias Nölle’s Aloys [+see also:
film review
interview: Tobias Nölle
film profile
 has won the Golden Lynx for Best Feature at the 12th FEST – New Directors/New Films Festival, which came to an end yesterday. This is the latest in an avalanche of recognitions for the Swiss-French co-production, which began with the FIPRESCI Award it pocketed when the film premiered at the Berlinale last February.

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Aloys tells the story of a misanthropic private investigator who sees his sad and predictable life invaded by a mysterious woman, with whom he eventually engages in an imaginary love affair. Starting as a tale of loneliness with thriller undertones, the movie soon opts for a more imaginary and surreal path, which leads the viewer on a pleasant journey through the fears and desires of the human mind.

In the Documentary competition, the Golden Lynx went to Portuguese title Brothers by Pedro Magano. Shot in the Azores, the film depicts the journey of a group of male pilgrims who continue, year after year, with an ancestral tradition that is virtually unknown outside the island of Sao Miguel. Magano and his tiny crew followed them for 11 days and took seven months to edit the film. The result is a visually stunning work about human altruism and abnegation.

Here is the complete list of award winners:

Golden Lynx for Best Feature 
Aloys [+see also:
film review
interview: Tobias Nölle
film profile
 – Tobias Nölle

Golden Lynx for Best Documentary Feature
Brothers – Pedro Magano

Cineuropa Audience Award for Best Feature
Starless Dreams – Mehrdad Oskouei

Cineuropa Audience Award for Best Short
Getting Fast in a Healthy Way – Kevork Aslanyan 

Silver Lynx for Best Short
Hold On – Charlotte Scott-Wilson

Silver Lynx for Best Animated Short
Fury – Paulina Wyrt

Silver Lynx for Best Experimental Short
Novacieres – Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrower, Arthur Harel and Céline Signoret

Silver Lynx for Best Documentary Short
Alphonsine – Matthieu Raulic 

Great National Prize
As Rosas Brancas – Diogo Costa Amarante

Pitching Forum awards

Feature films

Three-month Mentorship Award
Sarula, Her Horse and the Shadow – Yao Lu

Halo Post-Production Award
Strawberry Jam – Peter Mitric

FEST Film Lab Award
Radha – Sandhya Daisy Sundaram and Aranab Gayan

Short films

Three-month Mentorship Award
A Little Soul – Julia Alcaniz

Goldcrest Post-Production Award
Birthday – Gabriele Urbonaite 

FEST Film Lab Award
Paulina, the Old Man and the Turtle – Martin Oliveros Heinze and Eneko Sanz


Three-month Mentorship Award
Burnt by the Moon – Dace Puce

Envy Post-Production Award
Godless – The Truth Beyond Belief – Micael Langer

FEST Film Lab Award
Wonder of the Spiritual World – Ursula Romero

TV series

Three-month Mentorship Award
The Wind-Ups – Irene Chica Perez and Isabel Chica 

FEST Film Lab Award
Play Is My Passion – Stefanos Pavlakis

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