The 18th Bratislava International Film Festival closed yesterday, and awarded the top prize for Best Fiction Film to Tramontane directed by Vatche Boulghourjian, and Communion / Komunia directed by Anna Zamecka won the prize for Best Documentary Film.
The Bratislava IFF Award for Artistic Excellence in World Cinematography was given to one of the most distinguished Yugoslav actors of his generation Rade Šerbedžija; and the commemorative tile on the Film Walk of Fame for 2016 was dedicated to acclaimed Slovak actor Martin Huba for his lifelong contribution to Slovak cinema.
AWARDS OF THE 18TH BRATISLAVA IFF 2016
PRIZE FOR THE BEST FICTION FILM
(dir. Vatche Boulghourjian, Lebanon, France, Quatar, United Arab Emirates, 2016)
For its ability to deliver a story of emotion and search for identity through its powerful images and music and its ability to pull us into its world.
PRIZE FOR THE BEST DIRECTOR
Marco Danieli for Worldly Girl / La Ragazza del Mondo
(Italy, France, 2016)
For delivering a film treats its subject objectively and accomplished in the storytelling, direction of actors and the editing.
PRIZE FOR THE BEST ACTRESS
Mia Petričević for Quit Staring at My Plate / Ne gledaj mi u pijat
(dir. Hana Jušić, Croatia, Denmark, 2016)
For a very authentic and moving portrayal of a character trapped in a brutal family environment.
PRIZE FOR THE BEST ACTOR
Michele Riondino for Worldly Girl / La Ragazza del Mondo
(dir. Marco Danieli, Italy, France, 2016)
For its ability in giving a moving diversified performance using a wide range of emotions.
FIPRESCI JURY AWARD
My Life as a Courgette / Ma vie de Courgette
(dir. Claude Barras, Switzerland, France, 2016)
A well made emotional picture of the world of abandoned children.
STUDENT JURY AWARD
Mellow Mud / Es esmu šeit
(dir. Renārs Vimba, Latvia, 2016)
Scanty dialogue and emphasis on the visual narrative that demonstrates craftsmanship of the filmmakers were the main attributes that gave this film a competitive edge in the Fiction Competition.
PRIZE FOR THE BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
Communion / Komunia
(dir. Anna Zamecka, Poland, 2016)
Using sophisticated and precise cinematic language and finely honed instincts, the director creates such tender intimacy with her subjects that we are immediately swept into the hearts and minds of a family always in crisis.
PRIZE FOR THE BEST SHORT FILM
Adaptation / Adaptacja
(dir. Bartosz Kruhlik, Poland, 2016)
A film that leads us, keeping one close step ahead of us, but never pushing, or meeting our expectations.This film has all the elements of great filmmaking, balancing everything on a fine artistic edge, and genuinely pushing its own genre.