Bhutan - People's choice award

7. 12. 2008, 18:50

Bratislava, 5 December 2008 - The 10th International Film Festival Bratislava has its winner - the debut by the Italian director and experienced screenwriter Gianni di Gregorio Mid-August Lunch. The international jury awarded the Grand Prix for the Best Film to the Italian film saying: "Cinema theater is where people meet. Kitchen is where people meet. Six people and 24 hours show that life can be fun. Just remember that it takes good Chablis to prepare good sauce" Winners of prizes have been selected by the Festival visitors in a poll. The Zlatý Bažant People's Choice Award for the best film in the Slovak Films 2008 section gave reason for joy to Pavol Barabáš for his film Bhutan. The Translata People's Choice Award was intended for one film from the entire Festival programme which would raise most interest with the visitors. This time the choices of the expert Main Jury and festival visitors coincided because the Translata People's Choice Award went to Mid-August Lunch by the Italian director Gianni Di Gregorio.

 

AWARDS AT 10th IFF BRATISLAVA 2008


GRAND PRIX for the Best Film - Mid-August Lunch / Pranzo di Ferragosto
(d. Gianni Di Gregorio, Italy, 2008)
Cinema is a meeting place. Kitchen is a meeting place. 6 people and 24 hours show that life can be fun. But remember, it takes a good Chablis to make a good sauce.

Prize for the Best Director - Amat Escalante
The Bastards / Los Bastardos
(Mexico, France, USA, 2008)
It takes a gifted director to slowly build up a tragedy and thus put his cinematographic signature on the screen.

Prize for the Best Actress - Nada Abou Farhat
Under the Bombs / Sour le Bombes
(d. Philippe Aractingi, Lebanon, France, UK, Belgium, 2007)
For developing a balance between profound acting and personal engagement in an extreme situation.

Prize for the Best Actor - Zsolt Anger
The Investigator / A nyomozó
(d. Attila Gigor, Hungary, Sweden, Ireland, 2008)
For creating a strong and emotional character with minimalistic means.

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - The Zone / La Zona
(d. Rodrigo Plá, Mexico, Spain 2007)
For focusing on the fence between a rich ghetto and its poor surroundings, showing the death games people play to save their goods and indicating the uneasy ways to recover dignity and hope.

Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury - Under the Bombs / Sour le Bombes
(d. Philippe Aractingi, Lebanon, France, UK, Belgium, 2007)
For making a bridge between reality and fiction in Lebanon showing with a great respect the evolution of a woman and a man through desolation, mourning and tensions due to differences of culture, religion and social status.

Prize of the FIPRESCI - Under the Bombs / Sour le Bombes
(d. Philippe Aractingi, Lebanon, France, UK, Belgium, 2007)

Student Jury Award - The Bastards / Los Bastardos
(d. Amat Escalante Mexico, France, USA, 2008)
For a suggestive visual statement and a realistic portrayal of the clash of two different cultures.

The Slovak television Award - Studený obed / Cold Lunch / Lonsj
(d. Eva Sorhaug, Norway, 2008)
For the exceptional talent and enormous professional skills of its creators, who psychologically accurate and without pathos have pointed out the complexity of interpersonal relations.

Zlatý Bažant People's Choice Prize - Bhutan / Bhutan - Hľadanie šťastia
(d.Pavol Barabáš, Slovak Republic, 2008)

Translata People's Choice Prize for the best film of the IFF Bratislava 2008
- Mid-August Lunch / Pranzo di Ferragosto
(d. Gianni Di Gregorio, Italy, 2008)

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