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AWARDS Greece

Pity crowned Best Film at the tenth Greek Iris Awards

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- Still River, Her Job and The Waiter shared most of the trophies during a balanced 10th-anniversary edition of the Hellenic Film Academy’s awards ceremony

Pity crowned Best Film at the tenth Greek Iris Awards
The winners of the tenth Greek Iris Awards

After doing the rounds at various film festivals and raking in several awards in the process, Babis Makridis’ bleak, deadpan comedy Pity [+see also:
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, his sophomore feature, has emerged as the winner of the Best Film gong at the tenth-anniversary edition of the Iris Awards. The film, which was produced by Amanda Livanou and Christos V Konstantakopoulos, with Klaudia Śmieja and Beata Rzeźniczek, also received two technical prizes, for Best Sound and Best Make-up, at the ceremony organised by the Hellenic Film Academy, which was held on 23 April.

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The Tallinn Black Nights-premiered allegorical drama Still River [+see also:
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 left the ceremony clutching three Irises in total: Best Director for Angelos Frantzis, who stated that he is always a little suspicious whenever he wins an award, Best Cinematography for French DoP Simon Beaufils, and Best Costumes.

The remaining awards were shared out among first-time directors. In detail, Nikos Labôt snagged the Best First-time Director Iris for his Toronto Discovery-screened social drama Her Job [+see also:
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interview: Nikos Labôt
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, which also came out on top in the female acting categories, with Marisha Triantafyllidou and Maria Filini pocketing the Best Leading and Best Supporting Role awards, respectively. On the other hand, the male acting trophies were all handed to Steve Krikris’ neo-noir drama The Waiter [+see also:
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, as the Iris winners were Aris Servetalis for Best Leading Actor and Yannis Stankoglou for Best Supporting Actor. The movie also picked up two more gongs, for Best Original Score and Best Production Design, and ended up being the film that went home with the most Irises. Also, Cypriot debutant director Marios Piperides snagged the Best Screenplay Iris for his absurd comedy Smuggling Hendrix [+see also:
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, after also being awarded at Tribeca last year.

Paris-based photographer and documentarian Evangelia Kranioti was presented with the Iris for Best Documentary for her sophomore work, Obscuro Barroco [+see also:
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, and dedicated the prize to the heroine, who passed away after completion of the film, while César-awarded editor Yorgos Lamprinos (see the news) was the recipient of the Best Editing Award.

Finally, in the shorts category, Jacqueline Lentzou received the Best Short Film Iris for her Cannes Critics’ Week-awarded Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year, and Dimitris Gkotsis scooped the Best Short Documentary Award for Fourth Wall.

Here is the full list of winners at the 2019 Greek Iris Awards:

Best Film
Pity [+see also:
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interview: Babis Makridis
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]
– Babis Makridis (Greece/Poland)

Best Documentary Film
Obscuro Barroco [+see also:
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– Evangelia Kranioti (France/Greece)

Best Short Film
Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year – Jacqueline Lentzou

Best Short Documentary Film
Fourth Wall – Dimitris Gkotsis

Best Director
Angelos Frantzis – Still River [+see also:
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interview: Angelos Frantzis
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]
 (Greece/France/Latvia)

Best First-time Director
Nikos Labôt – Her Job [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Nikos Labôt
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]
 (Greece/France/Serbia)

Best Screenplay
Marios Piperides – Smuggling Hendrix [+see also:
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interview: Marios Piperides
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]
 (Cyprus/Greece/Germany)

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Aris Servetalis – The Waiter [+see also:
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Best Actress in a Leading Role
Marisha Triantafyllidou – Her Job

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Yannis Stankoglou – The Waiter

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Maria Filini – Her Job

Best Cinematography
Simon Beaufils – Still River

Best Editing
Yorgos Lamprinos – Obscuro Barroco

Best Original Score
Coti K – The Waiter

Best Production Design
Kostas Pappas – The Waiter

Best Costumes
Katia Goulioni, Ieva Kupcane, Ilze Kasa, Ilze Negribe – Still River

Best Sound (ex aequo)
Dimitris Athanasopoulos, Christos Gousios, Kostas Varibobiotis – 1968 [+see also:
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Stefanos Efthymiou, Leandros Ntounis – Pity

Best Make-up
Evi Zafiropoulou – Pity

Best Special Effects
George Alahouzos, Roulis Alahouzos, Antonis Kotzias, Anthi Tsirouki, YAFKA – Chinatown: The Three Shelters [+see also:
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]
 (Cyprus/Greece)

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