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AWARDS Belgium

L'Age d'Or for Paraguay

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Awarded Saturday evening by jury members Nathalie Schmitz, Cis Bierinckx, Wouter Hessels, André Joassin and jury president Henri Simons, the 2006 Prix de l'Age d'Or of €5,000 went to Paraguayan title Hamaca Paraguaya by Paz Encina, presented at Cannes this year.

The film was produced by Argentina’s Lita Stantic and French outfit Slot Machine, in co-production with Arte France Cinéma (see interview with Michel Reilhac), and was supported by Fonds Sud Cinéma (€120,000).

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First awarded in 1958, the prize, named after the film by Luis Buñuel, traditionally goes to a film "which stands out for the originality and uniqueness of its ideas and writing”.

Once again, this year’s Prix de l’Age d’Or & Cinédécouvertes competition was organised by La Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, but was held for the first time in partnership with the Brussels European Film Festival (see news). The annual festival gives audiences an opportunity to discover 20 films selected at major festivals, which have not yet been released in Belgium,.

The second prize, the Cinédécouvertes (€10,000), is aimed at providing support for a film’s distribution in Belgium and went to two features, Julia Loktev’s Day Night Day Night [+see also:
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, presented at Cannes in Un Certain Regard (see interview with Belgian DoP, Benoît Debie), and German title Longing [+see also:
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by Valeska Grisebach, produced by Peter Rommel and presented at Berlin this year.

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(Translated from French)

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