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WELL-KNOWN ACTORS GEORGE CLOONEY AND LIEV SCHREIBER WERE AMONG THE AWARDED

And the winner is...

THE 2005 Grand Prix for Best Film went to German-Mongolian film, Die Höhle des gelben Hundes (The Cave of the Yellow Dog). The film, nominated for an Oscar in the foreign language film category, captures the "magical quality of life". Director Byambasuren Davaa came to Bratislava to personally accept the award.

Charlie Chaplin leads the way.
photo: Jana Liptáková

THE 2005 Grand Prix for Best Film went to German-Mongolian film, Die Höhle des gelben Hundes (The Cave of the Yellow Dog). The film, nominated for an Oscar in the foreign language film category, captures the "magical quality of life". Director Byambasuren Davaa came to Bratislava to personally accept the award.

The International Jury awarded George Clooney with the Award for Best Director for his film Good Night, and Good Luck. The Award for the Best Actress went to Stephanie James in the British film A Way of Life (director Amma Asante) and Pavel Liška received the Award for the Best Actor for his performance in the Czech film Štestí (Something Like Happiness, director Bohdan Sláma). The Special Mention of the Jury went to Romanian film Moartea domnului Lazarescu (The Death of Mr Lazarescu, director Cristi Puiu) and Russian film Garpastum (director Alexej German Jr).

The 7th Bratislava Festival screened 179 films from 49 countries, including 12 Slovak productions. A total of 23,000 viewers visited 263 festival screenings.

Four juries judged the festival's main programme section, the Competition of First and Second Feature Films: the Main International Jury, FIPRESCI Jury, Ecumenical Jury and Studentşs Jury. Overall, 19 films from 21 countries competed for the festival's Grand Prix.

The World Federation of Film Critics decided to present the FIPRESCI Award for directorial debut of American actor Liev Schreiber, Everything Is Illuminated. The Ecumenical Jury unanimously chose the Czech film Štestí and its Special Mention went to the Romanian film Moartea domnului Lazarescu.

For the first time in the festival's history, the competing films were judged by the Student's Jury. They also voted for the Romanian film. The visitors to the festival most liked Schreiber's Everything Is Illuminated.

Famous British actress and political activist Vanessa Redgrave came to the festival to introduce two of her films and receive the Award for Artistic Excellence in World Cinema-tography. Several directors visited the festival, including British Amma Asante, Bosnian Ahmed Imamovič, Austrian Zuzana Brejcha, Czech Bohdan Sláma, French Yvan Le Moine as well as a number of actors, such as Johanna Wokalek.

The 8th International Film Festival Bratislava will take place from December 1 to 9, 2006.


- ZH

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