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10 1/2 Wins Top Prize at Mannheim Heidelberg

Magazine article Screen International

10 1/2 Wins Top Prize at Mannheim Heidelberg

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10 1/2 by Canada's Daniel Grou (aka Podz) picked up the Main Award of this year's Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival which ended on Sunday evening.

The International Jury of filmmakers Cynthia Beatt and Clemens Klopfenstein and Warsaw Film Festival director Stefan Laudyn said that Grou's story - about a seemingly untameable young boy reminiscent of Truffaut's L'enfant sauvage - was "profoundly convincing on every level."

Meanwhile, Chinese filmmaker Zhao Dayong's The High Life, which had its international premiere in Mannheim, received both the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Prize and the Fipresci Prize.

The Critics Jury described Zhao's fiction feature debut as being a "vivid, sardonic portrait of the daily hustle in post-communist China, ingeniously linking a pyramid scheme, a policeman poet and a scrappy, petty street criminal."

The International Jury's Special Award went to Ahmet Boyac?oglu's feature debut Black and White set in the real-life Ankara bar of the same name.

Boyacioglu's ode to friendship and growing old will be screened as part of the Turkish Cinema 2010 showcase at this year's edition of the Festival on Wheels in the provinces of Ankara, Artvin and Ordu from Dec 3-19.

In addition, the International jury gave special mentions to Nelofer Pazira for her film Act Of Dishonour and to Swedish actress Alicia Vikander for her performance in Lisa Langseth's Pure, while this year's audience award was shared between Argentinean filmmaker Sabrina Farji for Eva And Lola and Denmark's Kaspar Munk for Hold Me Tight, which also received the Ecumenical Jury's Prize.

Speaking to ScreenDaily, festival director Michael Kötz said in a review of the 2010 edition that, "compared to other film festivals, the trademark of Mannheim-Heidelberg is that we only show a limited number of films and can therefore take individual care of each film and its maker."

This year, the festival presented 45 films in six programme sections which Kötz admits was perhaps fewer than his ideal, but this decision had been dictated by the fact that he had one less screening venue in Mannheim and was not sure how the Heidelbergers would take to the two new temporary cinemas located above the old town in the Castle Gardens.

Films which were unexpected successes with the audience included the omnibus film Some Other Stories, Predrag Velimovic's Motel Nana and winner 10 1/2. "People were queuing up in long lines for this film and that's something very encouraging that people are not only coming to the cinema for entertainment, but also take it seriously like they would a visit to the theatre," Kötz said. …

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