Twin Flower emerges triumphant at Montpellier
by Fabien Lemercier
- Italy’s Laura Luchetti has taken home the Golden Antigone from the 40th Mediterranean Film Festival, while the Audience Award and Critics’ Award went to Sibel
Twin Flower [+see also:
film profile] by Italy’s Laura Luchetti has scooped the 2018 Golden Antigone handed out by a jury chaired by French director Robert Guédiguian and serving to acknowledge the best feature at the 40th Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival. Written by the director herself (for whom this is the second feature), the story revolves around Basim, an immigrant from the Ivory Coast, and Anna, the daughter of a migrant smuggler, who find themselves embarking on a perilous journey through the abandoned villages and breathtaking landscapes of Sardinia, both harbouring a shared dream that will help them survive the very cruellest twists of fate. Twin Flower, which was unveiled in the Discovery section of Toronto, was produced by Picture Show, Donkadillo and RAI Cinema. The international sales are being managed by Fandango.
The other big winner at this edition of Cinemed was Sibel [+see also:
interview: Çağla Zencirci and Guillaum…
film profile], the third feature by Turkey’s Çagla Zencirci and France’s Guillaume Giovanetti, which pulled off an impressive double win, bagging both the Critics’ Award and the Audience Award. The film, which was revealed in competition at Locarno and is a co-production between France (Les Films du Tambour and Reborn Production), Germany (Riva Filmproduktion), Luxembourg (Bidibul Productions) and Turkey (Mars Production), will be distributed in France from 13 March 2019 onwards by Pyramide, which is also overseeing its international sales.
Also of note among the fiction features were the Best Music Award won by French composer André Dziezuk for Tel Aviv on Fire [+see also:
interview: Sameh Zoabi
film profile] by Israeli-Palestinian director Sameh Zoabi and the Young Audience Award handed to Screwdriver (Mafak) by Palestinian helmer Bassam Jarbawi (watch the interview).
As for the documentaries, the top prize was bestowed upon Erased,__Ascent of the Invisible by Lebanon’s Ghassan Halwani, with a Special Mention singling out Railway Men [+see also:
film profile] by French-Tunisian director Erige Sehiri. Lastly, as previously reported, the Development Support Grants and the awards for the "From Short to Long" programme were given out last Wednesday (see the news).
Here is the complete list of winners:
Midi Libre Audience Award
Sibel - Çagla Zencirci, Guillaume Giovanetti
Social Energy Activities Young Audience Award
Screwdriver (Mafak) - Bassam Jarbawi (Palestine/USA/Qatar)
Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole Grand Prix for Best Short Film
Roujoula - Ilias El Faris (Morocco/France)
Matria - Àlvaro Gago Díaz (Spain)
Le Cadeau de Noël - Bogdan Muresanu (Romania)
La Gazette – Titra Films Audience Award
Nefta Football Club – Yves Piat (France)
City of Montpellier Young Audience Award
Entre sombras - Mónica Santos, Alice Eça Guimarães (Portugal/France)
Nefta Football Club – Yves Piat
Gardiens - Berivan Binevsa (Belgium)
Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole Ulysses Award
Erased,__Ascent of the Invisible - Ghassan Halwani (Lebanon)
Railway Men [+see also:
film profile] - Erige Sehiri (France/Tunisia/Qatar/Switzerland)
(Translated from French)
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