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VARSOVIA 2021 Premios

Miracle se lleva el Gran Premio del Festival de Varsovia

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- "Para amí, esta edición ha sido un sueño hecho realidad", ha declarado Stefan Laudyn, el director del certamen polaco

Miracle se lleva el Gran Premio del Festival de Varsovia
Miracle, de Bogdan George Apetri

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The 37th Warsaw Film Festival (8-17 October) came to a successful close on Sunday, with European films taking home most of the awards in the International Competition. The coveted Grand Prix, which comes with 100,000 PLN (approximately €22,000) in cash, was handed to Miracle [+lee también:
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by Bogdan George Apetri (Romania/Czech Republic/Latvia). The Special Jury Award was presented to Russia’s YT by Stepan Burnashev and Dmitrii Davydov, while The Albanian Virgin [+lee también:
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by Bujar Alimani (Germany/Belgium/Albania/Kosovo) received a Special Mention. Mexican helmers Rodrigo Plá and Laura Santullo were named Best Directors for The Other Tom.

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In the 1-2 Competition, dedicated to first and second features, Hive [+lee también:
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by Blerta Basholli (Switzerland/North Macedonia/Albania/Kosovo) turned out to be the winner, while Cinema Sabaya by Orit Fouks Rotem (Israel/Belgium) snagged a Special Mention. China’s Bipolar by Queena Li was the deemed to be the Best Film in the 2021 Free Spirit Competition, where two movies got Special Mentions: I’m an Electric Lampshade by John Clayton Doyle (USA) and The Crossing [+lee también:
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by Florence Miailhe (France/Germany/Czech Republic). Poland’s When Flowers Are Not Silent by Andrei Kutsila took home the main prize in the Documentary Competition, and two titles left Warsaw with Special Mentions: Closing Words by Gaelle Hard and Agnes Lejeune (Belgium) and The Return: Life After ISIS [+lee también:
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by Alba Sotorra Clua (Spain/UK).

The Short Film Competition jury gave its Short Grand Prix to Raphael Rodriguez’s Censor of Dreams (France), while the Best Live-action Short Award went to Matty Crawford’s Culling (UK), and the Best Documentary Short turned out to be Saulė Bliuvaitė’s Limousine (Lithuania). A group consisting of eight directors – Yanis Belaid, Eliott Benard, Nicolas Mayeur, Etienne Moulin, Hadrien Pinot, Lisa Vicente, Philippine Singer and Alice Letailleur, who worked together on Seine’s Tears (France) – won the Best Animated Short Award. Lastly, the short documentary Yoruga by Federico Torrado (Colombia) scooped a Special Mention.

“For me, it's been a dream-come-true edition,” said Stefan Laudyn, the long-time director of the Warsaw Film Festival, in a press release. “For the opening, we had my favourite film of 2021: Captain Volkonogov Escaped [+lee también:
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by Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov. The closing film was Women Do Cry [+lee también:
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, by two directors I love — Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova, from Bulgaria. Among our guests we had Oleg Sentsov, who was released from prison in Russia after a long campaign that we took part in. We managed to invite some guests from Belarus as well. We gathered a couple of dozen world, international and European premieres in our line-up. And, last but not least, it's been a proper edition – in cinemas, with audiences and international filmmakers, who came to Warsaw not just from the EU, but also from Asia, Africa and the Americas.”

Here is the full list of award winners:

International Competition

Warsaw Grand Prix
Miracle [+lee también:
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– Bogdan George Apetri (Romania/Czech Republic/Latvia)

Best Director
Rodrigo Plá, Laura Santullo – The Other Tom (Mexico)

Special Jury Award
YT - Stepan Burnashev, Dmitrii Davydov (Russia)
Special Mention
The Albanian Virgin [+lee también:
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– Bujar Alimani (Germany/Belgium/Albania/Kosovo)

1-2 Competition

Best Film
Hive [+lee también:
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– Blerta Basholli (Switzerland/North Macedonia/Albania/Kosovo)
Special Mention
Cinema Sabaya – Orit Fouks Rotem (Israel/Belgium)

Free Spirit Competition

Best Film
Bipolar – Queena Li (China)
Special Mentions
I’m an Electric Lampshade – John Clayton Doyle (USA)
The Crossing [+lee también:
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– Florence Miailhe (France/Germany/Czech Republic)

Documentary Competition

Best Film
When Flowers Are Not Silent – Andrei Kutsila (Poland)
Special Mentions
Closing Words – Gaelle Hardy, Agnes Lejeune (Belgium)
The Return: Life After ISIS [+lee también:
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Alba Sotorra Clua (Spain/UK)

Short Films Competition

Short Grand Prix
Censor of Dreams – Raphael Rodriguez (France)

Best Live-action Short
Culling – Matty Crawford (UK)

Best Animated Short
Seine’s Tears – Yanis Belaid, Eliott Benard, Nicolas Mayeur, Etienne Moulin, Hadrien Pinot, Lisa Vicente, Philippine Singer, Alice Letailleur (France)

Best Documentary Short
Limousine – Saulė Bliuvaitė (Lithuania)
Special Mention
Yoruga – Federico Torrado (Colombia)

FIPRESCI Award
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– Luana Bajrami (Kosovo/France)

Young FIPRESCI Award
In Limbo – Alexander Hant (Russia)

Ecumenical Jury Award
The Albanian Virgin – Bujar Alimani
Special Mention
Ring Wandering - Masakazu Kaneko (Japan)

NETPAC Award
Cinema Sabaya – Orit Fokus Rotem
Special Mention
YT – Stepan Burnashev, Dmitrii Davydov

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