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MUNICH 2018 Awards

All Good shines at Munich

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- Eva Trobisch's potent debut feature on rape and denial got two German Cinema New Talent Awards and the FIPRESCI Award; other winners included Kore-eda's Cannes-winning film and Ali Abbasi's Border

All Good shines at Munich
l-r: Jonas Weydemann (producer of In the Middle of the River), Diana Iljine (director of the Munich Film Festival), director Eva Trobisch and actress Aenne Schwarz (All Good), Anna De Paoli and Linus De Paoli (A Young Man With High Potential)

The Munich Film Festival (28 June-7 July) came to an end this weekend by announcing this year's winners. Besides the CineMerit Awards that went to Emma Thompson and Terry Gilliam, another prominent figure, Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, was saluted for his latest opus, presented in the CineMasters Competition: the Cannes-winning Shoplifters. Another Croisette favourite, Danish director Ali Abbasi's Border [+see also:
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(winner of the latest Un Certain Regard Award), was presented with the €15,000 CineVision Award and lauded for the "deep humanity" of its goal to "disturb us in the comfort of our certainties and norms and convictions". Hsin-Yao Huang's The Great Buddha + (Taiwan) snagged a Special Mention.

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The German Cinema New Talent Awards, which go to the best newcomers in the main New German Cinema section in the categories of director, producer, screenwriter and actor/actress, come with a total of €70,000 in prize money. Best Director was granted to first-time helmer Eva Trobisch for All Good [+see also:
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, a strong, courageous film on rape and denial, which also earned her main actress Aenne Schwarz the Best Acting Award and won over the FIPRESCI jury. The Best Producer Award went to Anna de Paoli for Linus de Paoli's A Young Man With High Potential [+see also:
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(which she also co-scripted, proving herself to be the Olympic decathlete that a producer needs to be, underlined the jury). The Best Scriptwriting Award was granted to Damian John Harper for the "hard-hitting and disturbing screenplay" of the German-US co-production In the Middle of the River [+see also:
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The Bayern 2 and SZ Audience Award, for which all films screening in the festival are eligible, also went to a title from the New German Cinema section: Oliver Haffner's Wackersdorf [+see also:
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The One-Future-Prize, presented since 1986 to a film that shows, ethically as well as aesthetically, that our world has one common future, was won by Roya Sadat's A Letter to the President, which was the Afghan entry for the latest Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film. Christian Krönes and Florian Weigensamer's frighteningly real dystopia Welcome to Sodom [+see also:
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got an Honorary Mention for the impressively cinematic way in which it tackles “a global topic that raises the most pertinent questions about environmental politics as well as about social and cultural issues”.

The German Cinema Award for Peace - The Bridge, awarded to film artists whose work builds bridges and inspires tolerance and humanitarianism, went to four separate winners: Ziad Doueiri for The Insult [+see also:
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, Germany's Lars Kraume for the magnificent The Silent Revolution [+see also:
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, Katja Benrath for Watu Wote: All of Us and Feras Fayyad for the multi-award-winning Syrian-Danish documentary Last Men in Aleppo [+see also:
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Here is the list of the winners of the main prizes at the 2018 Munich Film Festival:

CineVision Competition for Best International Film by an Emerging Director
Border [+see also:
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interview: Ali Abbasi
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– Ali Abbasi (Denmark/Sweden)
Special Mention
The Great Buddha + - Hsin-Yao Huang (Taiwan)

ARRI/OSRAM Award for Best International Film in the CineMasters Competition
Shoplifters – Hirokazu Kore-eda (Japan)

FIPRESCI Award
All Good [+see also:
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- Eva Trobisch (Germany)

German Cinema New Talent Awards

Best Director
Eva Trobisch – All Good

Best Producer
Anna de Paoli – A Young Man With High Potential [+see also:
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(Germany)

Best Screenplay
Damian John Harper – In the Middle of the River [+see also:
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(Germany/USA)

Best Actor/Actress
Aenne Schwarz – All Good

The One-Future-Prize
A Letter to the President
– Roya Sadat (Afghanistan)
Honorary Mention
Welcome to Sodom [+see also:
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trailer
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]
Christian Krönes and Florian Weigensamer (Austria)

Bayern 2 and SZ Audience Award
Wackersdorf [+see also:
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]
– Oliver Haffner (Germany)

German Cinema Award for Peace - The Bridge

Best Director
Ziad Doueiri – The Insult [+see also:
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interview: Ziad Doueiri
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]
(Belgium/France/Lebanon/USA/Cyprus)

Best German Director
Lars Kraume – The Silent Revolution [+see also:
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(Germany)

Young Talent Prize
Katja Benrath – Watu Wote: All of Us (Germany/Kenya)

Special Prize
Feras Fayyad – Last Men in Aleppo [+see also:
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]
(Denmark/Syria)

CineMerit Awards
Emma Thompson
Terry Gilliam

Kinderfilmfest Audience Award
100% COCO – Tessa Schram (Netherlands)

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