The Keeper comes out on top at Dinard
by Fabien Lemercier
- Marcus H Rosenmüller’s German-UK co-production has pulled off a double win, having been awarded by both the jury and the audience at the 30th Dinard Film Festival
Amidst today’s European geopolitical climate plagued by the constant toing and froing of Brexit, the jury of the 30th Dinard Film Festival, dedicated to British cinema, has sent a crystal-clear message by handing the Golden Hitchcock Grand Jury Prize for Best Film to a co-production between Germany and the UK, a feature that is also symbolic of the reconciliation between the peoples of different countries: The Keeper [+see also:
interview: Marcus H Rosenmüller
film profile] by Marcus H Rosenmüller. This view was shared by the viewers as well, as the movie also took home the Audience Award.
First unveiled at the Zurich Film Festival and screened at the Berlinale (as part of the Lola programme), the film, starring Davis Kross, Freya Mavor, John Henshaw and Gary Lewis, depicts the extraordinary life and career of Bert Trautmann, a German soldier who, at the end of World War II, was scouted in a prisoner-of-war camp near Manchester by the coach of a local football team. Impressed by the young man’s skills in the goalmouth, the coach manages to get him out of the camp so that he can join his team… Produced by Lieblingsfilm, Zephyr Films and British Film Company, the feature is being sold by Beta Cinema.
The jury chaired by French actress-director Sandrine Bonnaire also singled out the screenplay of VS. [+see also:
film profile] by Ed Lilly (co-written by the director and Daniel Hayes), while the critics bestowed their prize upon Only You [+see also:
film profile] by Harry Wootliff, and the exhibitors from the La Règle du Jeu association crowned the documentary For Sama [+see also:
interview: Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
film profile] by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts (which will be released in French theatres on 9 October by KMBO) with their trophy.
This year, the Dinard Film Festival put Mike Leigh firmly in the spotlight, as he received an Honorary Hitchcock.
Here is the full list of award winners:
All actors and actresses in the competition films
The Keeper - Marcus H Rosenmüller
Hitchcock Jury Prize
Winddershins - Simon P Biggs (UK)
In Our Skin - Rosa Beiro (UK)
Capital - Freddy Syborn (UK)
Barrière Honorary Hitchcock
(Translated from French)
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