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AWARDS Lithuania

Miracle flies high with four Silver Cranes

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- Debutant writer-director Eglė Vertelytė has scooped all of the major prizes at the 11th Lithuanian Film and TV Silver Crane Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actress

Miracle flies high with four Silver Cranes
Director Eglė Vertelytė receives one of her Silver Cranes for Miracle

The deadpan tragicomic satire Miracle [+see also:
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 by debutant writer-director Eglė Vertelytė has conquered the 11th Lithuanian Film and TV Silver Crane Awards by taking home a total of four Silver Cranes, including Best Feature Film of the Year. The annual ceremony was co-organised for the first time by the Lithuanian Film Center, which is becoming actively involved in the awards, and the Lithuanian Film Academy, and it took place at Vilnius’ LITEXPO Exhibition Center on Wednesday 13 June, broadcast by Lithuanian National Television (LRT).

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The Toronto-premiered satire was nominated for six Silver Cranes, and apart from Best Film of the Year, it also snagged the Best Director and Best Screenplay Awards, both for Vertelytė, while the fourth major gong, the Best Actress Silver Crane, was bestowed upon the film’s leading actress, Eglė Mikulionytė.

The Best Actor Award was given to Giedrius Savickas for the local comedy Three Million Euros, while Joris Baltrūnas received the Best Supporting Actor Silver Crane for his performance in Breathing Into Marble [+see also:
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interview: Giedrė Beinoriūtė
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 by Giedre Beinoriute, which was nominated for four more Silver Cranes and is taking part in the East of the West competition at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

The sports documentary Wonderful Losers: A Different World [+see also:
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, directed and co-produced by Arūnas Matelis, which aims to shed light on the lesser-known professional cyclists who always ride at the back of their groups, went home with two Silver Cranes – for Best Documentary and Spanish composer Alberto Lucendo’s work on the score – while it was also the film that received the most votes for the LRT.lt Audience Award.

Another documentary, The Ancient Woods [+see also:
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, which was filmed in one of the last remaining patches of old-growth forest in Lithuania, and which was written, directed, co-produced and lensed by Mindaugas Survila, received the Best Cinematographer Silver Crane. Also, sound designers Saulius Urbanavičius and Jonas Maksvytis were presented with the Best Professional Work Silver Crane.

The prestigious Golden Crane – Lifetime Achievement Award went to distinguished cinematographer Algimantas Mockus for his contribution to Lithuanian cinema; he is best known for his collaboration with Arūnas Žebriūnas on The Beautiful Girl (1969) and Devil's Bride (1973).

Here is the full list of winners at the 11th Silver Crane Awards:

Best Feature Film
Miracle [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Eglė Vertelytė
film profile
]
 – Eglė Vertelytė (Lithuania/Bulgaria/Poland)

Best Documentary
Wonderful Losers: A Different World [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 – Arūnas Matelis (Lithuania/Italy/Switzerland/Belgium/Latvia/Ireland/UK/Spain)

Best Director
Eglė Vertelytė – Miracle

Best Cinematographer
Mindaugas Survila – The Ancient Woods [+see also:
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trailer
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]
 (Lithuania/Estonia/Germany)

Best Screenplay
Eglė Vertelytė – Miracle

Best Actor
Giedrius Savickas – Three Million Euros

Best Actress
Eglė Mikulionytė – Miracle

Best Supporting Actor
Joris Baltrūnas – Breathing Into Marble [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Giedrė Beinoriūtė
film profile
]
(Lithuania/Croatia/Latvia)

Best Professional Work
Saulius Urbanavičius, Jonas Maksvytis Uljana Kim (sound designers) – The Ancient Woods

Best Composer
Alberto Lucendo – Wonderful Losers: A Different World

Best Short Film
By the Pool – Laurynas Bareiša

Silver Crane Egg for Best Student Film
The Last Day – Claudia Matvejevaitė

Audience Award
Wonderful Losers: A Different World – Arūnas Matelis

Golden Crane
Algimantas Mockus

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