14/06/2009 12:12

AWARDS - EXIT POINT INTERNATIONAL CLASS

Jury members of the EXIT POINT INTERNATIONAL CLASS competition selection of the Cinema City Film And Media Festival in the assembly:

1. Tuncel Kurtiz, Chairman of the Jury
2. Martin Blaney
3. Labina Mitevska
4. Ivan Fila
5. Elisabeth Driessen

held the Final session after careful consideration of all films in main competition program and unanimously decided to award the following films:

1) The Grand Prix in the EXIT POINT INTERNATIONAL CLASS competition selection– IBIS statuete and prize in the amount of 10.000,00 $ goes to film Tony Manero, directed by Pablo Larrain.

Explication: The Grand Prix goes to an amazing, deep and complex story of a murderous obsession mirroring the political situation in a country suffering under a brutal dictatorship in the late 1970s. co-screenwriter and main actor Alfredo Castro gives a compelling performance which remains etched in the memory long after our prize-winner, Pablo Larrain’s Tony Manero, has ended.

2) The Best directing Award in the EXIT POINT INTERNATIONAL CLASS competition selection– IBIS statuete and prize in the amount of 2.000,00 $ goes to Alexei Uchitel for the film Captive.

Explication:

The prize for Best Director goes to a film which concentrates more on inner personal , struggles rather than the political and ideological elements of the military conflict, in this case in Chechnya. With accomplished cinematography by Yuri Klimenko and a hypnotic central performance by lead actor Vyacheslav Krikunov, this film is a damning statement on the cruelty of war set against the harsh grandeur of the mountainous locations. We therefore award the Prize for Best Direction to Alexei Uchitel for Captive.

3) The Best acting in the EXIT POINT INTERNATIONAL CLASS competition selection– IBIS statuete and prize in the amount of 2.000,00 $ goes to two actresses – Betty Quizmolli for a role in a film Katia’s sister and to Leora Barbara for a role in film Stella.

Explication:

The Prize for Best Actor goes ex aequo to two young actresses at the beginning of promising careers.

We wish to salute a debutant who plays the perfect passive „observer“, who only introduces herself as „Katia’s sister“. It is not until the last scene of the film that we learn her name, Lucia – as played by Betty Qizmolli in Mijke de Jong’s Katia’s Sister.

This prize is shared with another first-time actress who adeptly portrays her struggle to reconcile her new academic world in a prestigious Parisian school with life in her parents’s working class bar - to Leora Barbara as the title figure of Stella in Sylvie Verheyde’s film of the same name.

4) `Special Mention for the Atistic Achievement `– a Plaque for a film from EXIT POINT INTERNATIONAL CLASS competition selection goes to Ziya Mirza Mohamad and Haron Ahad for the roles in a film Two Legged Horse, directed by Samira Makhmalbaf.

Explication:

A Special Mention for an Artistic Achievement goes to the moving and naturalistic performances in a story of victimization between a severely disabled boy who humiliates and abuses the impoversished boy hired to carry him around on his back. The Special Mention goes to Ziya Mirza Mohamad as the „two-legged horse“ and to his master played by Haron Ahad in Samira Makhmalbaf’s harrowing and uncompromising Two-Legged Horse.