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Blind Mountain wins film festival prize

Blind Mountain, a Chinese-Hong Kong-German film directed by Li Yang, won the Grand Prix for the best movie of the Bratislava Film Festival.

Blind Mountain, a Chinese-Hong Kong-German film directed by Li Yang, won the Grand Prix for the best movie of the Bratislava Film Festival.

The ninth year of the festival, which featured a total of 196 films from 38 countries, officially closed on December 7, the festival informed on its web site.

The jury was led by Jan Harlan, a British producer with German roots. It picked Veiko Õunpuu for the Best Director prize, for the Estonian film The Autumn Ball. The Best Actress prize went to Julia Kolbeck in the Danish film The Art of Crying, by the director Peter Schonau Fog. They said that in spite of her young age, she succeeded in portraying the complicated layers of a daughter who has to cope with an impossible relationship to her father and family.

The Main Jury Prize for Best Actor was given to Sam Riley in the British film Control, by director Anton Corbijn, for his convincing portrayal of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, a talented man who can’t deliver what life demands of him.

A Special Mention went to the Israeli-French film Jellyfish, by directors Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen, for the great humanity in the short stories woven into a poetic image with questions and no answers.

For the third time in its history, the Bratislava Film Festival also awarded the IFF Bratislava Award for Artistic Excellence in World Cinematography. The previous two prizes awarded to Vanessa Redgrave and Czech actor Jan Tříska. This year the prize was presented to the Austrian director Ulrich Seidl – the main guest of the festival who arrived in Bratislava to introduce his latest film, Import Export.

-Bratislava Film Festival

Compiled by Jana Liptáková from press reports

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