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ODESA 2020 Awards

Dinner in America and Atlantis come out on top at the 11th Odesa International Film Festival

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- The hybrid 11th edition of the Ukrainian gathering ran from 25 September-3 October and dished out a plethora of trophies

Dinner in America and Atlantis come out on top at the 11th Odesa International Film Festival
Atlantis by Valentyn Vasyanovych

The 11th edition of the Odesa International Film Festival has wrapped in a completely different setting to usual, as this year’s closing ceremony did not happen at the Odessa National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet. However, as every year, it was still hosted by TV presenter, journalist and actress Yanina Sokolova and TV presenter Oleh Panyuta. The hybrid edition of the festival ran from 25 September-3 October, and the team hopes that it will return next year in its regular July slot.

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The festival’s main award, the Grand Prix of the International Competition, determined by audience votes, went to the US flick Dinner in America by Adam Rehmeier. The director said: “Many thanks to everyone involved in organising the festival. For me, this is an extremely touching moment, so I will immediately run to share the news with the filming crew. I am very happy that the film provoked such a reaction from the audience and touched their hearts.”

The International Competition jury, which comprised Canadian composer Howard Shore, Icelandic actress and theatrical director Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Portuguese actress Joana Ribeiro, Ukrainian theatre, film and voice actress Larysa Rusnak, and Armenian-born French actor-director Serge Avedikian, handed the Best Film Award to Atlantis [+see also:
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by Valentyn Vasyanovych. Also, the jury bestowed two Special Mentions upon Servants [+see also:
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by Ivan Ostrochovský and You Will Die at 20 [+see also:
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by Amjad Abu Alala, for the movie’s soundtrack. The Best Director Award was conferred upon Belgian helmer Fabrice du Welz for his latest film, Adoration [+see also:
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interview: Fabrice du Welz
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. The Best Acting Award went to Lydia Lieberman, Denise Carrizo and Agustina Malale, the ensemble of actresses from Maternal [+see also:
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interview: Maura Delpero
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by Maura Delpero.

In the National Competition, the jury, consisting of Ukrainian director Nariman Aliev, Catalan director Carla Simón, General Delegate of the Venice International Film Critics’ Week Giona Nazzaro and head of IFFR Pro Marit van den Elshout, handed the Golden Duke for Best Ukrainian Feature Film to the documentary Everything Will Not Be Fine [+see also:
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by Adrian Pîrvu and Helena Maksyom, with the directorial duo also receiving the Best Director Award. The Golden Duke for Best Acting was given to Maria Khomutova for her role in the short film Two of Us by Vladislav Vitriv, while Goodbye Golovin, directed by Mathieu Grimard, received the Best Ukrainian Short Film Award. The Audience Choice Award went to Viktor_Robot by Anatoliy Lavrenyshyn, while the FIPRESCI Prize was bestowed upon the documentary Demon by Egor Troyanovskyi.

In the European Documentary Competition, Summerwar by German director Moritz Shulz received the Best Film Award from jury members Nikolaj Nikitin, Iryna Tsilyk, Waad Al-Kateab and Bill Guttentag. The Special Jury Mention went ex aequo to Gevar's Land by Qutaiba Barhamji and Conductivity by Anna-Karin Grönroos.

Finally, Roman Balayan, one of the most famous Ukrainian directors, was awarded the honorary Golden Duke for Lifetime Achievement in Filmmaking.

Julia Sinkevych, general producer of the Odesa International Film Festival, stated: “An online festival is a new challenge for us. We realised that it requires a completely different format, set of tasks and approach, and a different distance from our viewers. However, we’ve gradually come to enjoy it. Now, looking at the faces of the winners, I feel the same incredible feelings and shivers down my spine.”

Here is the complete list of winners at the 11th Odesa International Film Festival:

International Competition

Grand Prix
Dinner in America – Adam Rehmeier (USA)

Best Film
Atlantis [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Valentyn Vasyanovych
film profile
]
– Valentyn Vasyanovych (Ukraine)

Special Mention (ex aequo)
Servants [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ivan Ostrochovský
film profile
]
– Ivan Ostrochovský (Slovakia/Romania/Czech Republic/Ireland)
You Will Die at 20
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Amjad Abu Alala
film profile
]
– Amjad Abu Alala (Sudan/France/Egypt/Norway/Germany/Qatar)

Best Director
Fabrice du Welz – Adoration [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Fabrice du Welz
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]
(Belgium/France)

Best Acting
Lydia Lieberman, Denise Carrizo, Agustina Malale – Maternal [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Maura Delpero
film profile
]
(Italy/Argentina)

National Competition

Best Ukrainian Feature Film
Everything Will Not Be Fine [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
– Adrian Pîrvu, Helena Maksyom (Romania/Ukraine)

Best Ukrainian Director
Adrian Pîrvu, Helena Maksyom – Everything Will Not Be Fine

Best Acting in a Ukrainian Film
Maria Khomutova – Two of Us (Ukraine)

Best Ukrainian Short Film
Goodbye Golovin – Mathieu Grimard (Ukraine/Canada)

Audience Award
Viktor_Robot – Anatoliy Lavrenyshyn (Ukraine)

European Documentary Competition

Best European Documentary
Summerwar – Moritz Shulz (Germany)

Special Jury Mention (ex aequo)
Conductivity – Anna-Karin Grönroos (Finland)
Gevar's Land – Qutaiba Barhamji (France/Qatar)

FIPRESCI Prize for Best Ukrainian Film

Feature Film
Demon – Egor Troyanovskyi (Ukraine)

Short Film
Chachó – Vitaliy Gavura (Ukraine)

Golden Duke
Roman Balayan

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