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Eurasia International Jury Declines to Award Grand Prix

Magazine article Screen International

Eurasia International Jury Declines to Award Grand Prix

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EurasiaInternational Film Festival's international jury, under the presidency of German director-producer Wolfgang Petersen, announced on the closing ceremony at Almaty's Palace of the Republic in Kazakhstan at the weekend that it has decided not to award a grand prix for best film.

Instead two films - Turkish director Özcan Alper's Future Lasts Forever (pictured) and Malgorzata Szumowska's Elles - shared the prize for best director, while the distinction for best actress went to Anais Demoustier, one of the leads in Elles.

At the same time, Russian director Alexey Mizgerev's Convoy received the international critics' FIPRESCI Award as well as the prize for best actor for the Kazakh-born actor Azamat Nigmanov, who won the best actor prize at the Kinotavr 'Open Russian Cinema' Festival in Sochi in June.

Meanwhile, the NETPAC Jury comprising Latika Padgaonkar, Maxine Williamson and Rada Sesic presented their prize to Kazakh director Darezhan Omirbayev's Student for "its narrative, at once both simple and complex" and the film's "simple cinematic strength." Omirbayev's film premiered in Un Certain Regard in Cannes.

The festival direction, though, had been forced to make a change to the international competition line-up when the Russian distributor Russian Reporter was unable to deliver a print of Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt in the appropriate form, leading to the jury having to decide its winners from only 12 titles instead of the original 13. …

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