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AL ESTE 2019 Awards

The Man Who Surprised Everyone and Before Father Gets Back come out on top at Al Este

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- The gutsy film by Russia’s Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov has triumphed in the Fiction Competition, while the delicate and sensitive title by Georgia’s Mari Gulbiani was crowned Best Documentary

The Man Who Surprised Everyone and Before Father Gets Back come out on top at Al Este
The Man Who Surprised Everyone by Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov, and Before Father Gets Back by Mari Gulbiani

The tenth edition of the Al Este Central and European Film Festival, which unspooled over the past week in Lima, Peru, drew to a close on Saturday with a gala ceremony at which the Russian-Estonian-French co-production The Man Who Surprised Everyone [+see also:
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, directed by Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov, went home with the Jury Prize, the top award in the Fiction Competition section. Meanwhile, In My Room [+see also:
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interview: Ulrich Köhler
film profile
]
by Ulrich Köhler was deemed worthy of the Press Jury Prize.

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In the Documentary Competition, the Jury Prize was bestowed upon Mari Gulbiani’s Before Father Gets Back [+see also:
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, which tells the story of two Georgian girls who discover the magic of film in a remote town. Two further titles were each singled out with a Special Mention in this competitive section: Chris the Swiss [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Anja Kofmel
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]
by Anja Kofmel, and Another Day of Life [+see also:
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interview: Raul de la Fuente
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]
by Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow, two works that use animation to portray the realities of different military conflicts through their charismatic protagonists.

The winners’ list is rounded off by the Argentinian film Julia y el zorro by Inés María Barrionuevo, which came out on top in the AlEste Mundo section. Other trophies went to a number of Peruvian short films taking part in the Made in Peru and ExperimentAlEste sections. In the former, Leche para Dos by Diego Bedoya emerged victorious, while in the latter, Isaac Ruíz’s No, no me acuerdo scooped the top prize, and Nicole Remy’s Detenerte en el pulso and Diego Zagarra’s Asimetría were singled out with Honorary Mentions.

Here is the full list of award winners:

Fiction Competition

Jury Prize
The Man Who Surprised Everyone [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov (Russia/Estonia/France)

Press Jury Prize
In My Room [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ulrich Köhler
film profile
]
- Ulrich Köhler (Germany/Italy)

Documentary Competition

Jury Prize
Before Father Gets Back [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Mari Gulbiani (Georgia/France/Germany)

Honorary Mention
Chris the Swiss [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Anja Kofmel
film profile
]
Anja Kofmel (Switzerland/Germany/Croatia/Finland)
Another Day of Life [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Raul de la Fuente
film profile
]
– Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow (Poland/Spain/Belgium/Germany/Hungary)

Al Este Mundo Competition

Youth Jury Prize
Julia y el zorro – Inés María Barrionuevo (Argentina)

Made in Peru Competition (for Peruvian short films)

Jury Prize
Leche para dos – Diego Bedoya (Peru) (short film)

ExperimentaAlEste Competition (Peruvian experimental shorts)

Jury Prize
No, no me acuerdo
– Isaac Ruíz (Peru) (short film)

Honorary Mentions
Detenerte en el pulso
– Nicole Remy (Peru) (short film)
Asimetría
– Diego Zegarra (Peru) (short film)

(Translated from Spanish)

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