Monotony reigns at Arsenals
by Annika Pham
During the closing night of the 19th Riga International Film Forum Arsenals on September 20, Austrian Ambassador to Lativa Hermine Popeller presented the new €1,500 Best Baltic Debutant Award to Monotony, the feature film debut by established Latvian documentary filmmaker Juris Poškus.
Vogelfrei – by Jānis Kalējs, Jānis Putniņš, Anna Viduleja and Gatis Šmits – which won Best Film and Best Screenplay at the local film awards in 2007, picked up two more trophies at Arsenals: the Fipresci Jury award and the €5,000 Best Baltic Film prize. In the Film Angel Studios production, the four filmmakers depict the four stages of a man’s life, portrayed across four seasons.
In the Baltic Film Competition, Veiko Ounpuu’s celebrated Autumn Ball [+see also:
film profile] won Best Feature Film and the Audience Award went to Ilmar Raag’s The Class [+see also:
The festival’s most popular film was Carlos Reygadas’ Silent Light [+see also:
film profile], which also won Best International Competition Film, while Ramin Bahrani’s’s Chop Shop was bestowed a commendation from the Interfilm jury.
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