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COTTBUS 2022 Awards

Safe Place adds one more trophy to its haul at Cottbus

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- Juraj Lerotić’s film continues reaping awards, while Bread and Salt, Larry and Minsk bagged two awards each at the German festival

Safe Place adds one more trophy to its haul at Cottbus
The winners of the 2022 FilmFestival Cottbus (© Goethe)

After scooping multiple awards at Locarno and Sarajevo, and most recently a Special Mention at Zagreb, Juraj Lerotić’s feature debut, Safe Place [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Juraj Lerotić
film profile
]
, has been crowned as the champion of the 32nd edition of the FilmFestival Cottbus as well, winning the €25,000 prize donated by the Society for the Administration of Film and Television Rights (GWFF). The jury, consisting of Crossing Europe co-director Sabine Gebetsroither (Austria), producer and documentarian Oana Giurgiu (Romania), Albanian-German actor Kasem Hoxha, and Belarusian film scholar and journalist Igor Soukmanov, praised the feature and the director for having “the courage not only to reveal himself as an auteur, but also to reveal his soul in this film about unconditional love for those close to him”.

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Polish filmmaker Damian Kocur was also awarded in the Feature Film Competition, pocketing a Special Award for Best Director for his work on Bread and Salt [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Damian Kocur
film profile
]
. The movie also won the DIALOG Award for Understanding Between Cultures. The list of award winners in the main competition is topped off by Iulian Postelnicu, who was awarded for Outstanding Individual Performance for his acting work in Paul Negoescu’s Men of Deeds [+see also:
film review
interview: Paul Negoescu
film profile
]
.

The Award for Best Youth Film in the Youth Film Competition, along with the prize of €5,000 donated by the city of Cottbus, was handed to Szilárd Bernath’s Larry. The same film was also rewarded for being the best debut feature. Boris GutsMinsk bagged the Ecumenical Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI Award, while Tomáš Hodan’s The Last Race won the Audience Award.

The 32nd FilmFestival Cottbus, dedicated to showcasing relevant cinematic works from Central and Eastern Europe, took place from 8-13 November in various locations in the German town that used to be part of the GDR. A total of 219 films from 48 producing countries were shown, many of them having their German, international or world premieres at the event.

Here is the full list of award winners:

Feature Film Competition

Main Award for Best Film
Safe Place [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Juraj Lerotić
film profile
]
– Juraj Lerotić (Croatia/Slovenia)

Special Award for Best Director
Damian Kocur – Bread and Salt [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Damian Kocur
film profile
]
(Poland)

Award for Outstanding Individual Performance
Iulian Postelnicu – Men of Deeds [+see also:
film review
interview: Paul Negoescu
film profile
]
(Romania/Bulgaria)

Short Film Competition

Main Award for Best Short Film
Last Time – Rinaldas Tomaševičius (Lithuania)

Special Award for a Director
Santtu Salminen – Primal Therapy (Finland)

Youth Film Competition

Award for Best Youth Film
Larry – Szilárd Bernath (Hungary)

Other awards

DIALOG Award for Understanding Between Cultures
Bread and Salt – Damian Kocur

Award for Best Debut Film
Larry – Szilárd Bernath

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Minsk – Boris Guts (Estonia/Russia)

FIPRESCI Award
Minsk – Boris Guts

Audience Award
The Last Race – Tomáš Hodan (Czech Republic)

MIOB in Shorts Award
Amygdala – Maria Hatzakou (Greece)

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