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JIHLAVA 2018 Awards

Vacancy and Timebox win big at Ji.hlava

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- Alexandra Kandy Longuet's film has won in the Opus Bonum section, while Nora Agapi triumphed in Between the Seas

Vacancy and Timebox win big at Ji.hlava
Nora Agapi, the director of Timebox, with her Award for Best Central and East European Documentary Film in the Between the Seas section

The 22nd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival (25-30 October) announced its winners last night.

As per tradition, a one-person jury decided on the Best World Documentary Film in the Opus Bonum section, and this year it was up to Krzysztof Zanussi. The great Polish filmmaker chose Belgian director Alexandra Kandy Longuet's Vacancy [+see also:
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interview: Alexandra Kandy Longuet
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and said, “The film presents a collective portrait of a group of misfits in the middle of nowhere in the American desert. Using very disciplined film language, the rigorously photographed Vacancy reveals the existential tragedy of people living in loneliness and fighting despair."

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The Special Mention was, somewhat surprisingly, given to a fiction feature, Talks with TGM, about conversations between former Czechoslovak president Masaryk and Karel Čapek. But if there is any controversy in this decision, it can be fully traced back to the festival for including it in the competition. “As a feature film, this work is so different from all of the documentary and experimental submissions in this section that it cannot compete as an equal. I admire the classical look, the consistent script and, most of all, the marvellous performance by both actors,” stated Zanussi.

In the Between the Seas section for Best Central and Eastern European Documentary, Timebox [+see also:
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by Romania's Nora Agapi picked up the main prize, while the Special Mention went to the Slovak film The Last Self-Portrait [+see also:
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interview: Marek Kuboš
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by Marek Kuboš.

The Argentinian movie Owner's Portrait by Joaquín Maito was crowned Best Debut in the First Lights section, and Boy of War [+see also:
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 by the French-Ukrainian artistic duo Cyprien Clément-Delmas and Igor Kosenko received the Special Mention. 

In the Czech Joy competition, Karel Žalud's Enclosed World won Best Czech Film, and two pictures received Special Mentions: Central Bus Station by Tomáš Elšík, and Solo for the Deputies and Senators by Tereza Bernátková.

The Audience Award went to Vote for Kibera [+see also:
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 by Czech filmmaker Martin Páv.

Earlier in the week, awards were also given out in three specially curated sections first introduced in 2017. The Silence of Others [+see also:
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interview: Almudena Carracedo, Esther …
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by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar (Spain/USA) won in A Testimony on Politics, Maxim Pozdorovkin triumphed in A Testimony on Knowledge with The Truth About Killer Robots (USA), and Austrian filmmakers Florian Weigensamer and Christian Krönes picked up the award in A Testimony on Nature for Welcome to Sodom [+see also:
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Here is the full list of award winners:

Opus Bonum

Best World Documentary 
Vacancy [+see also:
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interview: Alexandra Kandy Longuet
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 - Alexandra Kandy Longuet (Belgium)
Special Mention
Talks with TGM - Jakub Červenka (Czech Republic/Slovakia)

Between the Seas 

Best Central and East European Documentary Film 
Timebox [+see also:
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- Nora Agapi (Romania)
Special Mention
The Last Self-portrait [+see also:
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interview: Marek Kuboš
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]
- Marek Kuboš (Slovakia)

Between the Seas Student Film Competition

Winner
A Well-Kept Secret - Mihkel Oksmann (Estonia)
Special Mention
Heavy Metal - Eugene Golovanevsky (Ukraine)

Czech Joy

Best Czech Documentary Film 
Enclosed World - Karel Žalud (Czech Republic)
Special Mention
Central Bus Station - Tomáš Elšík (Czech Republic) 
Solos for Members of Parliament - Tereza Bernátková (Czech Republic)

Student Jury Award
Passengers - Jana Boršková (Czech Republic) 

Fascinations

Best Experimental Documentary Film 
Blending and Blinding - Richard Tuohy (Australia)
Special Mention
Soar - Patrick Bokanowski (France)

Fascinations: EXPRMNTL.CZ

Best Czech Experimental Documentary Film 
Apart - Diana Cam Van Nguyen (Czech Republic)
Special Mention
puddles, I don't know - Anna Petruželová (Czech Republic) 

First Lights

Best Feature-length Documentary Debut Film 
Owner's Portrait - Joaquín Maito (Argentina) 
Special Mention
Boy of War [+see also:
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- Cyprien Clément-Delmas, Igor Kosenko (Germany/Czech Republic)

Student Jury Award
Boy of War - Cyprien Clément-Delmas, Igor Kosenko

Short Joy

Best Short Documentary Film 
The Holiday Inn-Side - Charby Ibrahim (Australia)

Best Testimony on Politics
The Silence of Others [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Almudena Carracedo, Esther …
film profile
]
- Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar (USA/Spain) 
Special Mention
Still Recording [+see also:
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 - Ghiath Ayoub (Syria/France/Lebanon/Qatar/Germany)

Best Testimony on Knowledge
The Truth about Killer Robots - Maxim Pozdorovkin (USA)

Best Testimony on Nature
Welcome to Sodom [+see also:
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- Florian Weigensamer, Christian Kroönes (Austria)

Audience Award 
Vote for Kibera [+see also:
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- Martin Páv (Czech Republic)

Contribution to World Cinema Award
Jean-Luc Godard

Silver Eye Awards 

Feature-length category
When the War Comes [+see also:
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- Jan Gebert (Czech Republic/Croatia)

Short category
Eight Images from the Life of Nastya Sokolova - Alina Kotova, Vladlena Sandu (Russia)
Special Mention
Lembri Uudu - Eeva Mägi (Estonia)

Best Festival Poster

Festival Identity
Taiwan International Documentary Festival

Audience Award
Academia Film Olomouc

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