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ARRAS 2019 Awards

The Father emerges triumphant at Arras

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- Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov win the Golden Atlas. The Silver Atlas goes to Marko Skop for Let There Be Light and the Audience Award goes to Federico Bondi’s Dafne

The Father emerges triumphant at Arras
The winners of the 2019 Arras Film Festival (© Léa Rener)

The competition jury of the 20th Arras Film Festival, chaired by French filmmaker Thierry Klifa, has bestowed the Golden Atlas - Grand Jury Prize upon The Father [+see also:
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by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov. Already crowned Best Film at Karlovy Vary and screened in Toronto, the third feature from the Bulgarian duo, after The Lesson [+see also:
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interview: Margita Gosheva
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and Glory [+see also:
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, has also won in Arras the Critics’ Award and the Youth Jury Award. Written by the two directors with their usual partner Decho Taralezkov, the tender and hilarious film recounts the misadventures of a son (Ivan Barnev) trying his best to desperately contain the whims of his father (Ivan Savov) following the death of his mother. Produced by Bulgarian company Abraxas and co-produced by Greek company Graal Films, with the support of Eurimages among others, the feature is sold worldwide by Wide and will be released in France via Urban Distribution.

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The Silver Atlas for Best Director was handed to Slovakian director Marko Škop for Let There Be Light [+see also:
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, a film also centred on father-son relationships, but this time against the background of a growing fascism. A winner also in Karlovy Vary (Best Actor Award) and selected as Slovakia’s candidate for the Oscars, the film is sold by Loco Films

Finally, the Audience Award went to Dafne [+see also:
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from Italian director Federico Bondi, discovered in the Panorama section of the Berlinale and sold by Rai Com.

Here is the complete list of award winners:  

Golden Atlas - Grand Jury Prize
The Father [+see also:
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interview: GoCritic! Interview: Kristi…
interview: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Val…
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- Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (Bulgaria/Greece)

Silver Atlas – Best Director Award
Let There Be Light [+see also:
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interview: Marko Škop
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]
- Marko Škop (Slovakia/Czech Republic)

Critics’ Award
The Father - Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov

Audience Award
Dafne [+see also:
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- Federico Bondi (Italy)

Youth Jury Award - Hauts-de-France Region
The Father - Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov

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(Translated from French)

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