Magazine article Screen International

Zappelphillip (the Fidgeter) Wins Grand Prize at FIPA

Magazine article Screen International

Zappelphillip (the Fidgeter) Wins Grand Prize at FIPA

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German drama Zappelphillip (The Fidgeter) has won the Golden FIPA Grand Prize at the 26th Festival International des Programmes Audiovisuels (FIPA) in Biarritz.

Connie Walther also received the best direction nod for the film, produced by Neue Schonhauser Filmproduction-Bayerischer Rundfunk, in which a mother and teacher attempt to deal with a temperamental child.

The drama also saw Alex Komlew win the best original score award.

The three members fiction jury, headed by French/Tunisian film-maker Karim Dridi (Bye Bye, Foul Play), also named Bernard le Coq best actor in the French fiction La Derniete Campagne (The Last Campaign) by Bernard Stora.

Julietta Cardinal received the best actress nod for her part in the Spanish production Carta a Eva (Letter to Eva), directed by Agusti Villaronga.

The biopic received the best screenplay award for Villaronga, Alfed Perez and Roger Danes.

Anonymous premiere

Standing out among the 13 feature films forming this section was the world premiere of Les anonymes (The Anonymous), a real life controversial drama produced by Canal Plus on the assassination of the French prefect in Corsega by the island separatists in 1998. It is the new film by French film-maker Pierre Schoeller, whose previous outing The Minister was widely acclaimed two years ago, garnering three Cesars.

Three UK productions were among those awarded in the TV series section. The Kudos Film and TV production Utopia directed by Marc Munden, a gripping series exploring the reality of conspiracy theories, received the Golden FIPA.

Tom Stoppard was awarded the best screenplay trophy for Parade's End directed by Susanna White while Errolyn Wallen received the best original score award for One Night directed by David Evans.

Creative docs

The jury of the Creative Documentaries section, headed by the celebrated Belgian film-maker Chantal Ackerman acompanied among others by the outstanding DOP and film director of Israeli origin Nurith Aviv, gave the Golden FIPA to the French doc Silence Radio produced by Perspective Films and directed by Valery Rosier.

The film also received the Mitrani Prize founded in memory of the French film-maker, creator of the FIPA, as well as the prize of the prestigious French weekly Telerama.

The Argentinian-French co-production (Bo Travail/Intuition Films) Argentina, the 500 Stolen Babies of the Dictatorship directed by Alexander Valenti received the Golden FIPA in the Reportage section while the French-Swiss co-production (Ideale Audience, Arte France, Radio-Television Suisse) Bloody Daughter focusing on the family relations of the famous piano player Martha Argerich, directed by her daughter Stephanie Argerich, received the Golden FIPA in the Performing Arts section. …

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