Croatian film The Constitution wins at Montreal
by David González
- The Montreal World Film Festival bestows the Grand Prize of the Americas upon Rajko Grlic’s film, while other European titles also come home with awards
The 40th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival, which celebrated cinema from every country around the globe with several world premieres from 25 August to 5 September (read more), has come to a close with the handing-out of its awards.
The World Competition – whose jurors were Pierre-Henri Deleau, Claude Gagnon, Goran Markovic, Donald Ranvaud, and Eliseo Subiela – saw the triumph of Croatian film The Constitution [+see also:
interview: Rajko Grlić
film profile], directed by Rajko Grlic, a movie about four very different people who live in the same building and whose lives become entangled in ways that profoundly challenge a series of social, political and ethnic issues still unresolved in the former Yugoslav territories. The Special Grand Prix of the Jury went to Soleen Yusef’s German-Kurdish title House Without Roof, while Best Director went to Belgium’s Nic Balthazar for Everybody Happy [+see also:
film profile] and Best Actress went to Hannah Hoekstra for the Dutch film The Fury [+see also:
interview: Hannah Hoekstra
film profile] by André van Duren. Turkish film Swaying Waterlily by Seren Yüce snagged the Best Screenplay Award.
In the meantime, in the World First Films Competition, the awards, given out by a jury comprising Maurie Alioff, Mariangiola Castrovilli and Pierre-Henri Deleau, celebrated European films such as the German-Kosovar title Echo by Dren Zherka and the Italian film Two Euros per Hour [+see also:
film profile] by Andrea D’Ambrosio.
Here is the list of the award winners:
Special Grand Prix of the Jury
House Without Roof - Soleen Yusef (Germany/Kurdistan)
Willem Dafoe – My Hindi Friend (Brazil)
Swaying Waterlily - Seren Yüce (Turkey)
Best Artistic Contribution
Tatara Samurai - Yoshinari Nishikori (Japan)
Embrasse-moi comme tu m’aimes - André Forcier (Canada)
World First Films Competition
Golden Zenith for the Best First Fiction Feature Film
A Father’s Will - Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar Uulu (Kyrgyzstan)
Silver Zenith for the First Fiction Feature Film
Echo - Dren Zherka (Germany/Kosovo)
World Competition Documentaries
Best Documentary Award (ex-aequo)
Ken San - Yuichi Hibi (Japan)
Albert and Alma in 16 Strings - Philippe Frenette-Roy (Canada)
The Session - Morgane Becerril (USA/France/Italy)
Silence - Dejan Mrkic (Australia/Croatia/UK)
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