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The Official Selection Jury of this year Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival’s edition, comprising prominent figures within the art word, as Nobel Prize for Literature John M. Coetzee, international writers Don DeLillo, Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt, violinist Gidon Kremer and artist José Barrias, handed the Best Film Award to Angelina Nikonova’s Twilight Portrait. The film tells the story of Marina, a social worker that decides to face her traumatic past and performs the Russian director debut feature.
Une Vie Meilleure, directed by French filmmaker Cédric Kahn, got the Special Jury Awards – João Bénard Da Costa. Starring Guillaume Canet and Leïla Bekhti, the film explores the life of Yann and Nadia, who risk everything with the opening of a restaurant but whose dreams start to fade when she accepts a job abroad.
The Official Selection Jury also granted two Special Mentions to Amnesty by Bujar Alimani, the Albanian film about a man and a woman who fall in love while both their companions are in jail, and to Oslo, August 31st by Joachim Trier, which accompanies the daily life of a drug addict in rehab while he strolls around Oslo.
The Cineuropa Award, whose winner has been decided by Cristina Soldano, the play writer, scenographer and Artistic Director of the Lecce European Film Festival, has been delivered to Une Vie Meilleure by Cédric Kahn.
The European Film School Jury consisting of actress and director Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, international DOP Peter Suschtizky, writer and play writer Peter Handke and choreographer Rui Horta attributed the ex-aequo Meo Award to the following short films: Here I Am, by Bálint Szimler, of the University of Theatre and Film, in Budapest, and Aman (Safe And Sound), by Ali Jaberansari, of the London Film School.
The Jury has also provided Frozen Stories, by Grzegorz Jaroszuk, of the Polish National Film Television and Theater School, in Lodz, and L’Estate Che Non Viene, by Pasquale Marino, dof the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Scuola Nazionale di Cinema, in Roma with Special Mentions.
The L’Oreal Award, which has been highlighting the most promising talents within national cinema, has been attributed to the actor Miguel Nunes.
The Canon Award went to the short film Encadeados, directed by Ana Delgado Martins.
WINNERS – Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival
BEST FILM AWARD
Twilight Portrait, by Angelina Nikonova
SPECIAL JURY AWARD – JOÃO BÉNARD DA COSTA
Une Vie Meilleure, by Cédric Kahn
Amnesty, by Bujar AlimanI
Oslo, August 31st, by Joachim Trier
Une Vie Meilleure, by Cédric Kahn
Here I Am, by Bálint Szimler (University of Theatre and Film, Budapest/Hungary)
Aman (Safe and Sound), by Ali Jaberansari (London Film School, Londres/England)
Frozen Stories, by Grzegorz Jaroszuk (The Polish National Film Television and Theatre School, Lodz/Poland)
L’Estate Che Non Viene, de Pasquale Marino (Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Scuola Nazionale di Cinema, Rome/Italy)
Encadeados, by Ana Delgado Martins
The awarded films will be screened next Sunday, November 13th on the following schedules:
7.30pm – Une Vie Meilleure, by Cédric Kahn – SPECIAL JURY PRIZE/ CINEUROPA AWARD
10pm – Twilight Portrait, by Angelina Nikonova – BEST FILM AWARD
ESPAÇO NIMAS – 9.30pm
Here I am, by Bálint Szimler – MEO AWARD
Aman (Safe and Sound), by Ali Jaberansari – MEO AWARD
Encadeados, by Ana Delgado Martins – CANON AWARD
Amnesty, by Bujar Alimani – SPECIAL MENTION – OFFCIAL COMPETITION
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