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Los miembros de la familia and Jiyan awarded prizes in Belfort


- The feature from Argentine filmmaker Mateo Bendesky wins the Grand Prix at the 34th Entrevues festival. The Audience Award goes to Süheyla Schwenk’s graduation film

Los miembros de la familia and Jiyan awarded prizes in Belfort
Director Süheyla Schwenk at Belfort's Entrevues festival (© Entrevues)

Dedicated to young independent and innovative cinema, the Entrevues Belfort Film Festival has revealed the winners of its 34th edition (which took place from 18 to 25 November). The prize list is dominated by Los miembros de la familia from Argentine filmmaker Mateo Bendesky, which was handed the Janine Bazin Grand Prize by a jury composed of filmmakers Danielle Arbid, Marie Dumora, João Pedro Rodrigues and Yann Gonzalez, as well as exhibitor Nicolas Reyboubet. The film, the second feature from the director, was first unveiled in the Panorama section of the Berlinale and its international sales are handled by German company Patra Spanou Film Marketing & Consulting.

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The Audience Award was given to Jiyan [+see also:
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, a film directed by Süheyla Schwenk — who was born in Sweden then grew up in Turkey — as part of her studies at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). Written by the young filmmaker (who also edited the film), the script centres on Hayat who has come to Berlin with her husband Harun in the hopes of giving a better future to their unborn child. They only brought with them a small suitcase and Hayat’s nightmares, memories of her life in Syria… It is worth noting that Süheyla Schwenk is among the eight people selected to participate in the Talent Village of the 11th Les Arcs Film Festival (14 to 21 December – read the news).

Finally, among the oddities of the prize list, the post-production support fund in the 11th edition of the "Films in progress" section went to The Plains by David Easteal, an Australian self-produced fiction / documentary hybrid with a runtime of 2h58 which follows, as the seasons pass, a man returning home to the banlieue of Melbourne every day after work.

This 34th edition of the Entrevues Belfort Film Festival featured sections dedicated, respectively, to French director Pierre Salvadori, to East-German cinema, and to Algeria today.

The awards:

Janine Bazin Grand Prix
Los miembros de la familia - Mateo Bendesky (Argentina)

Ciné+ Distribution Support Fund
Wet Season - Anthony Chen (Singapore/Taiwan)

André S. Labarthe Short Film Grand Prix
Histoire de la révolution - Maxime Martinot (France)
Special Mention
Aline - Simon Guélat (France/Switzerland)

Eurocks One+One Short Film Award
The Hunt - Mateusz Jarmulski (Poland)

Feature Film Audience Award
Jiyan [+see also:
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- Süheyla Schwenk (Germany)

Short Film Audience Award
Then Comes The Evening - Maja Novakovic (Serbia/Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Films In Progress – Post-production Support Award
The Plains - David Easteal (Australia)

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(Translated from French)

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