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Costa Brava, Lebanon directed by Mounia Akl
Costa Brava, Lebanon directed by Mounia Akl

Toronto International Film Festival, alongside the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) and the Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema (FIPRESCI), announced the 2021 TIFF award winners.

Anatolian Leopard received the 2021 FIPRESCI Jury Award at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival. In director Emre Kayiş’s feature debut, two employees collude to hide the death of a leopard to help save the Turkish zoo where they work.

The 2021 FIPRESCI jury released the following statement: “In a perfectly controlled comedy of manners, Anatolian Leopard takes the temperature of a country torn between the old ways and modernity – not to say between honor and corruption – while offering up a melancholy portrait of a man at odds with his surroundings. Emre Kayiş shows great formal accomplishment in this measured and thoughtful film, which stood out from the competition for its singular tone and worldview.”

This year’s FIPRESCI jury members include: Andrew Kendall, Esin Kücüktepepinar, Caspar Salmon, Gilbert Seah, and Teresa Vena.

Anatolian Leopard directed by Emre Kayiş
Anatolian Leopard directed by Emre Kayiş

The 2021 NETPAC Jury selected Costa Brava, Lebanon directed by Mounia Akl as this year’s NETPAC winner. Saleh Bakri and Nadine Labaki star in Mounia Akl’s impassioned debut, an eerie family drama set amid a raging climate crisis in near-future Lebanon.

The jury released this statement, “Costa Brava, Lebanon – an exquisite intergenerational family story – is an ode to sustainable futures by visionary new talent, Mounia Akl from her precious and troubled country.”

The 2021 NETPAC jury members include: Gemma Cubero del Barrio, Isabelle Glachant and Elhum Shakerifar.

“We are thrilled to announce that Anatolian Leopard has received the 2021 FIPRESCI Jury Award,” said Diana Sanchez, Senior Director, Film, TIFF. “Every year we are amazed at the creativity and audaciousness of the filmmakers in our line-up. Anatolian Leopard, directed by Emre Kayiş is no exception.”

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