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Death of a Man in the Balkans Wins Athens' 25th Panorama of European Cinema Festival

Magazine article Screen International

Death of a Man in the Balkans Wins Athens' 25th Panorama of European Cinema Festival

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Sandrine Bonnaire wins best director.

Miroslav Momsilovic's Death of a Man in the Balkans, a Serbian-produced black comedy, received the best film award at the 25th Panorama of European Cinema Festival which wrapped in Athens today.

The French actress turned director Sandrine Bonnaire was named best director for Furious over his absence (J'enrage a son absence), dealing with the feeling of loss the death of a family member.

Late Chilean director Raoul Ruiz's last film The Night Opposite (La noche de enfrente), the tale of man, close to retirement, who recalls his past, was the recipient of the best artistic achievement award.

A special jury award was given to the Greek director Vassilis Mozomenos' 10th Day, about the life of an Afghan refugee living in contemporary crisis-ridden Greece.

The awards were presented by the chairman of the jury, Greek film-maker Menelaos Karamangiolis while the Fipresci Jury (Carmen Gray, Esin Kucuktepepinar, Nestoras Poulakos) award as well as the audience award went to Turkey's Night Of Silence (Lal Gece) directed by Reis Celik.

The festival, steered by artistic director-film critic Ninos Fenek Mikelides, opened with the out of competition presentation of Joe Wright's Anna Karenina starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law and screened 90-plus films in 10 different sections. …

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