FIPADOC crowns Putin's Witnesses
by Fabien Lemercier
- The film by Vitaly Mansky has won the Grand Prix in the international competition, while Diego Governatori’s What Madness has trounced the rest of the French selection
For its first edition dedicated exclusively to documentaries (after 30 years of non-specialised programmes), the Biarritz-based FIPADOC has crowned Putin’s Witnesses [+see also:
interview: Vitaly Mansky
film profile] by Vitaly Mansky, which went home with the Grand Prix in the international competition, judged by a jury made up of Shola Lynch, Leena Pasanen and Charles Hembert. Produced by Latvia’s Studio Vertov with Switzerland’s Golden Egg Production and the Czech Republic’s Hypermarket Film, the movie (which emerged triumphant at Karlovy Vary last summer) is being sold internationally by German sales agent Deckert Distribution.
As for the French competition, victory was claimed by What Madness [+see also:
film profile] by Diego Governatori, which paints a portrait of Aurélien, one of his friends who is autistic and suffers from Asperger syndrome. Among other symptoms, he exhibits an unusual use of language, which makes his integration into society all the more difficult. The documentary was produced by Michel Klein for Les Films Hatari and is being sold by New Story.
It’s worth mentioning that the third Grand Prix handed out by the festival, in the music documentary category, singled out the US title The 5 Browns: Digging Through the Darkness by Ben Niles.
Here is the complete list of winners:
Music Documentary Grand Prix
The 5 Browns: Digging Through the Darkness - Ben Niles (USA)
What Madness - Diego Governatori
Maurice Béjart, l'âme de la danse - Henri de Gerlache and Jean de Garrigues
INA/FIPADOC Vertical Video Challenge Award
Jusqu'ici tout va bien ? - Caroline Hocquard, François Prosper and Chloé Weiss
Young European Jury Award
A Thousand Girls Like Me - Sahra Mani (France/Afghanistan)
Raz, Dwa, Zero - Anna Pawluczuk (Poland)
Erasmus + Award
La Bestia - Train of the Unknown - Manuel Inacker (Germany)
FIPADOC 2019 International Pitch Award
Cholitas - Jaime Murciego and Pablo Iraburu, produced by Itziar García Zubiri (Arena Comunicación, Spain)
FIPADOC 2019 French Pitch Award
L’Hypothèse de Zimov - Denis Sneguirev, produced by Caroline Roussel (Arturo Mio, France)
FIPADOC 2019 Regional First Film Pitch Award
Sri Landaise - Maylis Dartigue
(Translated from French)
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