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Cinémathèque awards its prizes

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L’Age d’Or - Cinédécouvertes drew to a close on Saturday. This specialised selection of about 20 international features, organised by La Cinémathèque Royale, was held June 30-July 14 in parallel to the Brussels European Film Festival.

The Age d’Or award (named in tribute to Luis Buñuel) went to Pedro Aguilera’s La Influencia [+see also:
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. The joint Mexican/Spanish production (Alokatu S.L.) screened earlier this year in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar at Cannes.

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Produced by Mexican director Carlos Reygadas, the film is being sold internationally by France’s Bac Films Distribution. The director received prize money of €5,000.

The jury – presided over by Cinémathèque administrator Luckas Vander Taelen and whose members included young directors Fien Troch and Joachim Lafosse, Wallimage director Philippe Reynaert and journalist Niels Ruëll – presented two other prizes worth €10,000 for distribution funding.

The first went to The Mourning Forest by Japanese helmer Naomi Kawase and the second to German film Hotel Very Welcome by Sonja Heiss. Hotel Very Welcome – already presented this year in the Perspektive Deusches Kino selection – also screened at Karlovy Vary in the Europe Now ! section, a selection of films organised and presented by the magazine Variety (see interview).

The Komplizen Film production is being sold worldwide by Scalpel.

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(Translated from French)

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