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CINÉMA DU RÉEL 2019

The Cinéma du Réel Grand Prize goes to Movements of a Nearby Mountain

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- The documentary by Austria’s Sebastian Brameshuber has come out on top in the international competition, while Michael Andrianaly’s Nofinofy also performed well

The Cinéma du Réel Grand Prize goes to Movements of a Nearby Mountain
Sébastian Brameshuber receiving the 2019 Cinéma du Réel Grand Prize for Movements of a Nearby Mountain (© Léa Rener/Cinéma du Réel)

The international competition jury of the 41st Cinéma du Réel festival, made up of Carlo ChatrianMahamat-Saleh HarounNino Kirtadze and Madeleine Molyneaux, has crowned Movements of a Nearby Mountain [+see also:
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 by Austria’s Sebastian Brameshuber. The third feature-length documentary by the director is a stripped-back work about the daily life of a Nigerian mechanic who recycles spare car parts in a remote region of Austria. Production duties were entrusted to Austria’s Mischief Films and Panama Film together with France’s Le Fresnoy. The international sales are handled by Filmgarten.

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The Louis Marcorelles Award, granted to the best French-language film, went to Nofinofy [+see also:
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by Michael Andrianaly (produced by French outfit Les Films de la pluie together with Madagascan-based firm Imasoa Film), which also won (ex aequo) the award handed out to the best debut feature from among all those screening in every section of the gathering (a trophy it split with Hamada [+see also:
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by Spaniard Eloy Dominguez Serén, staged by Sweden’s Momento Film in co-production with Germany’s ma.ja.de and Norway’s Fuglene). It’s also worth mentioning that a Special Mention was bestowed upon Green Boys [+see also:
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by Ariane Doublet (produced by Squaw) in the French-language film competition.

Here is the full list of award winners:

Awards handed out by the international competition jury

Cinéma du Réel Grand Prize
Movements of a Nearby Mountain [+see also:
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 - Sebastian Brameshuber (Austria/France)

SCAM International Award
This Side of History - John Hulsey (USA)

Awards handed out by the feature-film jury

Institut français - Louis Marcorelles Award
Nofinofy [+see also:
trailer
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]
- Michael Andrianaly (Madagascar/France)
Special Mention
Green Boys [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Ariane Doublet (France)

Loridan Ivens/CNAP (split)
Hamada [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Eloy Domínguez Serén
film profile
]
 - Eloy Dominguez Serén (Sweden/Germany/Norway)
Nofinofy - Michael Andrianaly (Madagascar/France)
Special Mention
Capital retour [+see also:
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]
- Léo Bizeul (France)

Best Original Music Award 
Dreams of the Castle [+see also:
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]
- René Ballesteros (Chile/France)

Awards handed out by the short-film jury

Best Short Film Award 
The Dog’s Eye - Laure Portier (France/Belgium)

Tënk Award
Living There Is Not Hell, It Is the Fire of the Desert. The Plenitude of Life That Stayed There Like a Tree - Javiera Véliz Fajardo (Chile/Brazil)

Awards handed out by the young jury

Young Jury Award – Cinéma du Réel
Hamada - Eloy Dominguez Serén
Special Mention
Present. Perfect. - Shengze Zhu (Hong Kong/USA) 

Other awards

Library Award
Let It Burn - Maíra Bühler (Brazil)
Special Mention
Learning from Buffalo - Rima Yamazaki (USA)

The Bois d’Arcy Remand Centre Prisoners’ Award
Building of the Braves - Bojina Panayotova (France) (short film)

Intangible Heritage Award 
Forbach Swing [+see also:
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 - Marie Dumora (France)

Audience Award – First Window
J’suis pas malheureuse - Laïs Decaster (France) (medium-length film)

(Translated from French)

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