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LES ARCS 2019 Awards

Les Arcs' Crystal Arrow goes to Valentyn Vasyanovych's Atlantis

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- The Grand Prix went to Rocks, Carice Van Houten, Nichola Burley and Roxanne Scrimshaw got the acting gongs, the Audience Award was for System Crasher, and the Cineuropa Prize singled out Instinct

Les Arcs' Crystal Arrow goes to Valentyn Vasyanovych's Atlantis
Director Valentyn Vasyanovych and actor Andriy Rymaruk with their Crystal Arrow for Atlantis (© Les Arcs Film Festival)

Atlantis [+see also:
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by Valentyn Vasyanovych has emerged victorious at the 11th Les Arcs Film Festival, scooping the 2019 Crystal Arrow handed out to the best film by the jury chaired by French director Guillaume Nicloux. Having previously triumphed in the Orizzonti section at Venice, the Ukrainian feature is being sold abroad by Belgian firm Best Friend Forever.

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The main jury also singled out British cinema, as the Grand Prix was given to Rocks [+see also:
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by Sarah Gavron (which will be distributed in France from 29 April onwards by Haut et Court), while Nichola Burley and Roxanne Scrimshaw were crowned Best Actresses for their performances in Lynn + Lucy [+see also:
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by Fyzal Boulifa, a trophy that the duo shared with Dutch thesp Carice Van Houten, the lead in Instinct [+see also:
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by her fellow countrywoman Halina Reijn (a film that also took home the Cineuropa Prize and the Youth Jury Award).

The Best Cinematography Award was bestowed upon Swiss-Portuguese filmmaker Basil Da Cunha for O Fim do Mundo [+see also:
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, while the Best Original Score Award was conferred upon Iceland's Kjartan Sveinsson for Echo [+see also:
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by his fellow countryman Rúnar Rúnarsson (set to go on general release in France on 1 January, courtesy of Jour2Fête).

The Audience Award went to System Crasher [+see also:
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by Germany's Nora Fingscheidt (who first introduced the movie in Les Arcs' Work In Progress last year before going on to snag a Silver Bear with it at Berlin), which also received a Youth Jury Special Mention and which will be distributed in France from 4 March onwards by Ad Vitam. Lastly, the press jury singled out another German feature: Lara [+see also:
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interview: Jan Ole Gerster
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by Jan-Ole Gerster, which will be released in France by KMBO on 26 February.

Here is the full list of award winners:

Crystal Arrow
Atlantis [+see also:
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interview: Valentyn Vasyanovych
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- Valentyn Vasyanovych (Ukraine)

Jury Grand Prix
Rocks [+see also:
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interview: Sarah Gavron
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]
- Sarah Gavron (UK)

Best Actor/Actress
Nichola Burley, Roxanne Scrimshaw - Lynn + Lucy [+see also:
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interview: Fyzal Boulifa
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]
(UK/France)
Carice Van Houten - Instinct [+see also:
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interview: Halina Reijn
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(Netherlands)

Best Original Score
Kjartan Sveinsson - Echo [+see also:
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interview: Rúnar Rúnarsson
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]
(Iceland/France/Switzerland)

Best Cinematography
Basil Da Cunha - O Fim do Mundo [+see also:
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interview: Basil Da Cunha
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]
(Switzerland)

Audience Award
System Crasher [+see also:
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interview: Nora Fingscheidt
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]
- Nora Fingscheidt (Germany)

Cineuropa Prize
Instinct - Halina Reijn

Press Award
Lara [+see also:
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trailer
interview: GoCritic! Interview: Jan-Ol…
interview: Jan Ole Gerster
film profile
]
- Jan-Ole Gerster (Germany)

Youth Jury Award
Instinct - Halina Reijn

Youth Jury Special Mention
System Crasher - Nora Fingscheidt

Grand Prix for Best Short Film

Beast - Aasne Vaa Greibrokk (Norway)

Special Mention for a Short Film
All Inclusive - Corina Schwingruber Ilic (Switzerland)

Special Mention for Best Acting in a Short Film
Héloïse Valle - Matriochkas (Belgium)

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(Translated from French)

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