today is Wednesday - 04.03.2015
The Jury members: Sepideh Farsi (Iran), Yevgeny Gindilis (Russia), Uberto Pasolini (UK), Olena Yershova (Ukraine), Janusz Zaorski (Poland) gave the following awards:
1. Warsaw Grand Prix, the main prize of the International Competition, founded by City of Warsaw : THE COFFIN IN THE MOUNTAIN / BINGUAN, dir. Xin Yukun (China)
For a challenging narrration and a very subtle sense of black humour, the Warsaw Grand Prix is granted to THE COFFIN IN THE MOUNTAIN with a special mention for Lu Nifan (writer of the original story) and Feng Yuahliang and Xiu Yukon (for the screenplay)
2. Best Director: Ognjen Sviličić for the film THESE ARE THE RULES / TAKVA SU PRAVILA (Croatia, France, Serbia, Macedonia)
For a profound sensitivity and a masterful consequence in displaying the human struggle against bureaucracy and indifference.
3. Special Jury Award: for the CAST of the film CARMINA Y AMEN / CARMINA & AMEN, dir. Paco León (Spain)
The whole cast of ?Carmina & Amen? deserves a collective prize, masterfully proving themselves in the very difficult skill of acting in a black comedy.
The Jury members: Ozan Açiktan (Turkey), Hawa Essuman (Kenya), Jan Komasa (Poland) gave award for:
HOW TO STOP A WEDDING / HUR MAN STOPPAR ETT BRÖLLOP, dir. Drazen Kuljanin (Sweden).
THE LESSON / UROK, dir. Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov (Bulgaria, Greece).
FREE SPIRIT COMPETITION
The Jury members: Sebastian Buttny (Poland), Marion Laine (France), Alik Shpilyuk (Ukraine) gave the Free Spirit Award to the film
THE OWNERS / UKKYLIKAMSHAT, dir. Adilkhan Yerzhanov (Kazahstan)
For the most free-spirited film.
Special Mention: BEFORE I DISAPPEAR, dir. Shawn Christensen (USA).
For the successful attempt to marry mainstream to an artistic indie.
The Jury members: Arto Halonen (Finland), Dorota Roszkowska (Poland), Frédéric Tcheng (France) gave the award for best documentary film to the film
TOTO AND HIS SISTERS / TOTO SI SURORILE LUI, dir. Alexander Nanau (Romania)
We appreciate its masterful directing, exellent dramaturgy, intimacy with characters and the way it confronts social problems yet remains inspiring.
Special Mention: CROSSROADS / PEREKRESTOK, dir. Anastasiya Miroshnichenko (Belorus, Sweden)
For its Franciscan philosophy and the director`s ability to achieve a powerful effect with small means.
SHORT FILMS COMPETITION
The Jury members: Mauro Carraro (Italy), Gu?mundur Arnar Gu?mundsson (Iceland), Agnieszka Woszczyńska (Poland) gave the following awards:
- Short Grand Prix for the best short film - CUPCAKE, dir. Jane Magnusson (Sweden)
For a strong story with an honest and intimate approach to the characters and their relationship which is supported by powerful cinematography and acting
- Best Animated Short - THE TIDE KEEPER, dir. Alyx Duncan (New Zeland)
For thrilling atmosphere in an oneiric surrounding and visually striking film with a strong intimacy and a wise use of animation
- Best Live Action Short - DRAMA, dir. Guan Tian (USA)
For smart use of a film language that combines a simple yet humoristic story with a good choreography and emphatic characters.
- Best Documentary Short - MY DAD'S A ROCKER, dir. Zuxin Hou (China)
For casting a light on an inspiring man who shows us his true meaning of Rock and Life with a sincere approach from the director.
The Jury FIPRESCI members: Pamela Cohn (USA), Hanna Margolis (Poland), Michael Pattison (UK) gave the award for best debut from Eastern Europe to the film:
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD / CE LUME MINUNATĂ, dir. Anatol Durbală (Moldova).
The jury wishes to acknowledge a director whose feature début shows much promise with an urgency and intensity in its storytelling out of a country with virtually no film industry since its independence in 1991. A deceptively spare take on a wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time scenario, the film deftly weaves events of a violent populist uprising by the young generation whose time has come to display their rage and mistrust of a corrupt and backward-looking government, leading to a shocking climax for its unwitting protagonist.
ECUMENICAL JURY Award
The Ecumenical Jury members: Rev. Jes Nysten (Denmark), Samuel Petit (France), Rafał Wieczyński (Poland) gave the award to the film:
IN THE CROSSWIND / RISTTUULES, dir. Martti Helde (Estonia)
The film is a cinematic requiem. Erna is an Estonian woman writing to her arrested husband and telling the story about her deportation to Siberia. With a firm grip of the technical possibilities: specially the walk among the living sculptures, the director lifts the story to a higher dimension - to a contemplation of suffering, human eternal dignity and hope through an artful combination of pictures, words and music. A requiem for all the innocent people from Eastern Europe, who have suffered or died from oppression of the soviet tyranny. We are not allowed to forget...
The NETPAC Jury members: Dr Rashmi Doraiswamy (India), Jagoda Murczyńska (Poland), Yuka Sakano (Japan) gave the award for the best Asian film to:
SIZDAH / 13, dir. Hooman Seyedi (Iran)
For its daring approach in representing the much-depicted theme of the young adult in Iranian cinema and its unique style in expressing social rage and gender issues through the life of a family.