Thessaloniki’s Agora announces its award winners
- Nadine Salib and Matteo Tortone with their upcoming projects were the main winners in Crossroads and Works in Progress, respectively
Agora, the industry section of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (31 October - 10 November) has wrapped this year’s edition, which ran in parallel to the celebratory 60th edition of the main Greek gathering. The awards ceremony was held on 8 November at the Thessaloniki Pier and was presented by Agora’s ambassador, Greek actor Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, in the presence of Yianna Sarri, head of the Agora and Angeliki Vergou, director of the Crossroads Co-production Forum.
Starting with the 15th Crossroads Co-Production Forum, the winner of the Co-Production Award provided by Greek post-production company 2/35 was The Land Beyond, a mythical tale of a mute young girl, the fiction feature debut from Egyptian filmmaker Nadine Salib. The story is set in an isolated village built by an exiled community which avoids speaking of the past. When Yam’s mother dies unexpectedly, Yam has to erase all memories of her existence, but she wants to keep with her the sound of a lullaby that her mother used to sing to her. The project is produced by Hala Lotfy (Hassala).
The CNC Award, worth €8,000 for script development, went to the Greek project The Gospel According to Kimon, the feature debut from Neritan Zinxhiria. The story follows Kimon who, four years after their breakup, is still continuously stalking his ex-girlfriend Eva. When Eva agrees to do anything to stop this, Kimon asks her to hurt the boyfriend she left him for, but things will take a tragic turn. The project is produced by Vasilis Chrysanthopoulos (PLAYS2PLACE).
The two Special Mentions where bestowed upon Iris, the coming-of-age feature debut by Cypriot writer-director Myrsini Aristidou, and the sophomore feature effort Leyla by Erol Mintaş (Song of my Mother [+see also:
interview: Erol Mintaş
film profile]). Moreover, Greek producer Amanda Livanou (Neda Films) has received the Producers’ Network accreditation for the Cannes Film Festival 2020, in her capacity as co-producer on the project Acrylic by Nikos Pastras.
In the parallel awards, Océane, the sophomore feature film by Romanian writer-director Eva Pervolovici (Marussia [+see also:
film profile]), has received a full scholarship for the next MFI Script 2 Film Workshops. French consultancy firm Initiative Film will offer its services to Yorgos Zois’ (Interruption [+see also:
interview: Daphné Patakia
interview: Yorgos Zois
film profile]) newest project Third Kind as well as to Nikos Pastras’ debut project Acrylic. Finally, Vicky Antonopoulou of Greece production house StudioBauhaus, which participated in the Crossroads section with Orfeas Peretzis’ Riviera, is invited to participate in the 2020 EAVE Marketing Workshop.
In Agora Works in Progress, the prestigious Eurimages Lab Project Award, worth €50,000, was handed out for the fourth year running. The prize went to Mother Lode by Italian director Matteo Tortone, which is being produced by Alexis Taillant and Nadège Labé (Wendigo Films). The jury’s justification was: “For its impressive visual approach and for how Matteo treated the search of gold in putting it in relation with the Devil. Shot at the high altitude of 5,300m in Lima, protected at all times by security, he succeeds to create an intimate and powerful atmosphere”.
The Graal Award, for image post-production, went to Metamorphoses, by Dušan Zorić and Matija Gluščević, “for the originality of seeing mothers in a different way and for treating mothers as women with hidden desires”. The film is co-produced by Čarna Vučinić and Dragana Jovović of Non-Aligned Films with Ankica Jurić-Tilić of Kinorama.
Finally, the MuSou Award, for composition and production of an original film score, music supervision and assistance in licensing of commercial music for use in the film, as well as audio post-production services, was granted to The Voyage Out, “an innovative experimental film on an urgent timely subject that is the toxic disaster of Fukushima”, directed by Brazilian director Ana Vaz. The film is produced by Olivier Marboeuf (Spectre Productions), together with Anze Persin (Stenar Projects).
Here is the complete list of award winners:
Crossroads Co-Production Forum Awards
2/35 Co-Production Award
The Land Beyond - Nadine Salib (Egypt)
Producer: Hala Lotfy - Hassala
CNC Development Award
The Gospel According To Kimon - Neritan Zinxhiria (Greece)
Producer: Vassilis Chrysanthopoulos - PLAYS2PLACE
Iris - Myrsini Aristidou
Producers: Monica Nicolaidou - Filmblades (Cyprus); Nathalie Dennes - The Living (France)
Co-producers: 1.61 Films (Cyprus), Road Movies (Germany), Graal SA (Greece)
Leyla - Erol Mintaş
Producer: Etienne de Ricaud - Caractères Productions (France)
Co-producer: Erol Mintaş - Mintas Films (Turkey)
Cannes Producers’ Network
Amanda Livanou - Neda Films (Greece)
MFI Script 2 Film Workshops
Océane - Eva Pervolovici
Producer: Tudor Giurgiu - Libra Films (Romania)
Initiative Film Awards
Third Kind - Yorgos Zois
Producers: Antigoni Rota, Stelios Cotionis, Veta Chatziioannou - Foss Productions (Greece)
Thessaloniki EAVE Marketing Workshop Scholarship
Vicky Antonopoulou - StudioBauhaus (Greece)
Agora Works in Progress Awards
Eurimages Lab Project Award
Mother Lode - Matteo Tortone
Producers: Alexis Taillant, Nadège Labé - Wendigo Films (France)
Co-producers: Benjamin Poumey - C-Side Productions (Switzerland), Margot Mecca - Malfé Film (Italy)
The Voyage Out - Ana Vaz
Producer: Olivier Marboeuf - Spectre Productions (France)
Co-producer: Anze Persin - Stenar Projects (Portugal)
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