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CINEMED 2021 Awards

Hive is crowned the winner in Montpellier

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- The film from Kosovar filmmaker Blerta Basholli wins the Antigone d'Or, while the Audience award goes to Anima bella and the Critics' Award to Costa Brava, Lebanon

Hive is crowned the winner in Montpellier
Participants at the award ceremony of Cinemed 2021 (© Cinemed)

Hive [+see also:
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by Blerta Basholli has won the 2021 Antigone d'Or, handed out by a jury headed by Italian actress and director Asia Argento to the best fiction feature film of the 43rd Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival. Winner in the World Cinema Dramatic competition earlier this year at Sundance (with a trio of award: the Grand Prix, Best Director award and Audience Award) and recently recognised with the Young Talent Award in Hamburg as well as in the 1-2 competition in Warsaw, the Kosovar director’s feature debut is her country’s candidate for the upcoming Best International Film Oscar. Hive is sold internationally by Danish company LevelK.

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The audience award, meanwhile, went to Anima bella, the second fiction feature from Italian director Dario Albertini, winner in Montpellier in 2017 with his feature debut Manuel [+see also:
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. The film centres on Gioia, who has just turned 18. She lives with her father in a small rural village where she works as a shepherdess. Radiant and generous, she takes care of her community by collecting and delivering every day a few liters of the “Miraculous” spring thermal water, well-known among them for its therapeutic properties. One day, her life is turned upside down by a tragic event that will take her far from home, to a city she doesn't know, to help her father… The film will be distributed in France by Le Pacte which is also handling international sales.

Worth pointing out as well are the two awards won by Costa Brava, Lebanon [+see also:
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from Lebanese director Mounia Akl (sold by mk2 Films) which was recognised by the Critics’ Award and the award for Best Music (composed by Nathan Larson and Zeid Hamdan) and the victory in the documentary category of Little Palestine (Diary of a Siege) [+see also:
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by Abdallah Al-Khatib (sold by Lightdox).

The full list of winners is as follows:

Feature Film Competition

Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole Antigone d'or
Hive [+see also:
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- Blerta Basholli (Kosovo/Switzerland/Albania/North Macedonia)

BNP Paribas Critics’ Award
Costa Brava, Lebanon [+see also:
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- Mounia Akl (Lebanon/France/Spain/Sweden/Denmark/Norway)
Special Mention
Libertad [+see also:
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- Clara Roquet (Spain/Belgium)

Midi Libre Audience Award
Anima bella - Dario Albertini (Italy)

Social Energy Activities Young Audience Award
Amira - Mohamed Diab (Egypt/Jordan/United Arab Emirates/Saudi Arabia)

JAM Award for Best Music
Nathan Larson, Zeid Hamdan - Costa Brava, Lebanon

CCU Student Award for First Work
Piccolo corpo [+see also:
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- Laura Samani (Italy/France/Slovenia)

Short Film Competition

Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole Grand Prize for Best Short Film
Déplacé - Samir Karahoda (Kosovo)
Special Mention
Soleil noir - Marie Larrivé (France)

La Gazette Audience Award
I Santi - Giacomo Abbruzzese (France/Italy)

City of Montpellier Young Audience Award
Angle mort - Lotfi Achour (France/Tunisia)
Special Mention
T’embrasser sur le miel - Khalil Cherti (France)

Canal+ Award
T’embrasser sur le miel - Khalil Cherti

Documentary Competition

Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole Ulysse Decipro Award
Little Palestine (Diary of a Siege) [+see also:
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- Abdallah Al-Khatib (Lebanon/France/Qatar)
Special Mention
Les Enfants terribles [+see also:
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- Ahmet Necdet Cupur (France/Germany/Turkey)


Photogallery 23/10/2021: Cinemed 2021 - Awards Ceremony

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© 2021 Dario Caruso for Cineuropa - dario-caruso.fr, @studio.photo.dar, Dario Caruso Photographe
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