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MILLENNIUM DOCS AGAINST GRAVITY 2024 Prix

No Other Land et Forest l'emportent au 21e Festival Millennium Docs Against Gravity

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- Le film du collectif israélo-palestinien a triomphé en compétition internationale et décroché le Prix du public ; le travail de Lidia Duda a gagné la compétition polonaise

No Other Land et Forest l'emportent au 21e Festival Millennium Docs Against Gravity
Tous les gagnants de MDAG et l'équipe du festival

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Millennium Docs Against Gravity (MDAG), the largest documentary film festival in Poland, which unspooled from 10-19 May and is now running its online edition from 21 May-3 June, has announced the awards given out by juries in several Polish cities (Gdynia, Wrocław, Katowice, Poznań and Bygdoszcz) where the event is held, as well as the verdict of the audience.

The film that captured the hearts of both the public and professionals was No Other Land [+lire aussi :
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by Basel Adra, Hamdan Ballal, Yuval Abraham and Rachel Shor. The doc had its world premiere at the Berlinale, where it won the Panorama Dokumente Award and the Audience Award (see the news). The MDAG jury that was deliberating on the winner of the Grand Prix Bank Millennium Award wrote in their statement that the film is “a powerful documentary that crystalised grave injustice into a story of friendship and how hope can thrive only when everyone has freedom. This film masterfully uses all elements of filmmaking – gritty, realistic cinematography and compelling editing – to tell the story of the human need for hope, peace and family. In the process, it reminds us that true connections and friendships that transcend boundaries are more powerful than weapons and are the only path forward for all of us.” There were also two Special Mentions given out in this section, to Sugarcane by Emily Kassie and Julian Brave Noisecat, and Agent of Happiness [+lire aussi :
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by Dorottya Zurbó and Arun Bhattarai. Additionally, No Other Land got a Special Mention from the Lower Silesia Grand Prix Jury and the Bydgoszcz Art Doc Award.

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Forest [+lire aussi :
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by Lidia Duda, on the other hand, was already lauded at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, where it scooped a Silver Alexander (see the news). In Poland, the documentary, which shows the refugee crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border through the eyes of children living in an idyllic house by the forest, was showered with accolades. It won the Best Polish Film Award, the Lower Silesia Grand Prix, the Smakjam Award for Best Production of a Polish Film, the Amnesty International Poland Award and the All About Freedom Award. The Basement by Roman Blazhan scored the Award for Best Cinematography, Freshman by Michał Edelman and Tomasz Pawlik got the Best Short Film Award, while the Special Mention in this section was bestowed upon Crushed by Camille Vigny.

Hollywoodgate [+lire aussi :
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by Ibrahim Nash’at won the Mayor of Gdynia Award and the Honorary Mention of the District Bar Council in Bydgoszcz, for the best production dealing with the issue of human rights in a film. Ibelin [+lire aussi :
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by Benjamin Ree received the City of Poznań Freedom Award, with a Special Mention going to The Last Expedition [+lire aussi :
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by Eliza Kubarska. Her documentary about Polish climber Wanda Rutkiewicz also pocketed a Special Mention from the mayor of Gdynia and the Arthouse Cinema Association Award in the Polish Competition. Special Mentions for the latter award went to Rave by Łukasz Ronduda and Dawid Nickel, and to Just Hear Me Out [+lire aussi :
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by Małgorzata Imielska, which was also similarly recognised in the Best Polish Film category.

Echo of You [+lire aussi :
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by Zara Zerny won the First Appearance Award, while A New Kind of Wilderness [+lire aussi :
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by Silje Evensmo Jacobsen got the Onet Big Screen Award, given out by the audience in Warsaw, Gdynia, Wrocław and Poznań. Finally, the Chopin’s Nose Award, for the best film about art, went to I’m Not Everything I Want to Be [+lire aussi :
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by Klára Tasovská.

Here is the full list of winners at the 21st Millennium Docs Against Gravity:

Grand Prix – Bank Millennium Award
No Other Land [+lire aussi :
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– Basel Adra, Hamdan Ballal, Yuval Abraham, Rachel Shor (Palestine/Norway)
Special Mentions
Sugarcane – Emily Kassie, Julian Brave Noisecat (USA/Canada)
Agent of Happiness [+lire aussi :
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– Dorottya Zurbó, Arun Bhattarai (Bhutan/Hungary)

Arthouse Cinema Association Award in the Polish Competition
The Last Expedition [+lire aussi :
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– Eliza Kubarska (Poland)
Special Mentions
Rave – Łukasz Ronduda, Dawid Nickel (Poland)
Just Hear Me Out [+lire aussi :
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- Małgorzata Imielska (Poland)

Best Polish Film Award
Forest [+lire aussi :
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– Lidia Duda (Poland)
Special Mention
Just Hear Me Out - Małgorzata Imielska

Smakjam Polish Competition Prize for the Best Production
Forest – Lidia Duda

Best Short Film Award
Freshman - Michał Edelman, Tomasz Pawlik (Poland, short film)
Special Mention
Crushed - Camille Vigny (Belgium, short film)

First Appearance Award
Echo of You [+lire aussi :
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- Zara Zerny (Denmark)

Green Warsaw Award
The Giants - Laurence Billiet, Rachael Antony (Australia)

Best Cinematography
Mihail Volkov - The Basement (Ukraine/France)

Chopin’s Nose Award
I’m Not Everything I Want to Be [+lire aussi :
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- Klára Tasovská (Slovakia/Czech Republic/Austria) 

Amnesty International Polska Award
Forest – Lidia Duda

City of Poznań Freedom Award
Ibelin [+lire aussi :
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- Benjamin Ree (Norway)
Special Mention
The Last Expedition – Eliza Kubarska

Lower Silesia Grand Prix
Forest – Lidia Duda
Special Mention
No Other Land – Basel Adra, Hamdan Ballal, Yuval Abraham, Rachel Shor

Mayor of Gdynia Award
Hollywoodgate [+lire aussi :
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– Ibrahim Nash’at (Germany/USA)
Special Mention
The Last Expedition – Eliza Kubarska

Etnomatograph Award
God Is a Woman [+lire aussi :
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– Andrès Peyrot (France/Switzerland/Panama)

Bydgoszcz Art.Doc Award
No Other Land – Basel Adra, Hamdan Ballal, Yuval Abraham, Rachel Shor

Honorary Mention of the District Bar Council in Bydgoszcz
Hollywoodgate – Ibrahim Nash’at

Silesian Audience Award
The Last Expedition – Eliza Kubarska

Audience Award
No Other Land – Basel Adra, Hamdan Ballal, Yuval Abraham, Rachel Shor

Onet Big Screen Award
A New Kind of Wilderness [+lire aussi :
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– Silje Evensmo Jacobsen (Norway)

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