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The Dublin International Film Festival announces its award winners

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- Christian Petzold’s Transit, Rima Das’ Bulbul Can Sing and Neil Jordan’s Greta were among the victors of this year’s competition

The Dublin International Film Festival announces its award winners
Actor-director Ralph Fiennes picking up his Volta Award at the Dublin International Film Festival

It’s a wrap for the 2019 edition of the Dublin International Film Festival, one of the Republic of Ireland’s most prestigious film events. The festival, held from 20 February-3 March, was sponsored by Virgin Media this year. The award winners, chosen by jury members from the Dublin Film Critics’ Circle, were announced last night.

The 2019 edition saw the triumph of Christian Peztold’s German-French co-production Transit [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Christian Petzold
interview: Franz Rogowski
film profile
]
, which was in the running for the Golden Bear last year. The picture, based on Anna Seghers’ 1942 novel of the same name, was crowned Best Film in Competition. Indian filmmaker Rima Das, the helmer of the successful drama Bulbul Can Sing, was the recipient of the Award for Best Director, while Neil Jordan’s psychological thriller Greta [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 won the Award for Best Irish Film.

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Finally, the recipient of this year's Volta Award was Ralph Fiennes, who visited the festival this weekend to present his new film, The White Crow [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ralph Fiennes
film profile
]
, which he both directed and starred in. The accolade, named after Ireland’s first-ever dedicated cinema and established back in 2007, is given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the world of film. Past recipients include Kenneth Branagh, Paolo Sorrentino, Terry Gilliam, Tim Roth, Ennio Morricone and Costa-Gavras. 

Here is the full list of award winners:

Best Film
Transit [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Christian Petzold
interview: Franz Rogowski
film profile
]
 - Christian Petzold (Germany/France)

Best Director
Rima Das – Bulbul Can Sing (India)

Best Cinematography
Hiroshi Okuyama – Jesus (Japan) 

Best Documentary Film
Gaza [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell (Ireland/Palestine)

Best Irish Film
Greta [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Neil Jordan (Ireland/USA) 

Best Screenplay
Bai Xue – The Crossing (China)

Best Actor
Bogdan Dumitrache – Pororoca [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Constantin Popescu
film profile
]
 (Romania/France)

Best Actress
Jessie Buckley – Wild Rose [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 (UK)

Jury Prizes
Ash Is Purest White [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Jia Zhangke (China/France/Japan)
Her Smell - Alex Ross Perry (USA)
Permission - Baran Kosaris (USA)
An Elephant Sitting Still - Bo Hu (China)
Eighth Grade - Bo Burnham (USA)

George Byrne Maverick Award
Hugh O'Conor 

Michael Dwyer Discovery Award
Dianne Lucille Campbell

Volta Award
Ralph Fiennes

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