Magazine article Screen International

You and the Night Triumphs in Athens

Magazine article Screen International

You and the Night Triumphs in Athens

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The Audience Award went to Destin Daniel Cretton's US festival hit Short Term 12; The Athens International Film Festival wrapped with Blue Is The Warmest Colour.

Yann Gonzalez's debut feature You and the Night was named Best Film at the 19th Athens International Film Festival (AIFF) which ran September 19-29.

A Modern day retelling of Sade's Philosophy In The Bedroom, the film, written by Gonzalez, stars Alain-Fabien Delon alongside Eric Cantona, Kate Moran, Fabienne Babe and Niels Schneider.

It was chosen by a jury made up of film school students, aged 18-25.

The Best Director Award went to second timer American Sam Fleischner for Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors, a coming of age story about a 13 years-old autistic boy, son of an illegal Mexican immigrant mother in New York.

French debutant Antonin Peretjako picked up the Best Screenplay award for The Rendez-vous of Deja-Vu, about the adventures of a group of young Parisians on Bastille day.

Short Term 12 by US director Destin Daniel Cretton was the recipient of the Audience Award. The film landed here following its SXSW Grand Jury and Audience Awards coupled with the Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award.

Also playing in the 13 strong competition was Vincent Grashaw's feature debut Coldwater, David Perrault's Our Heroes Died Tonight, the German first timer Katrin Gebbe's Nothing Bad Can Happen and South Corean Lee Don-Ku's Fatal.

The 8 films in the festival's other competitive section, "Music and Film", were judged by an international jury formed of film and music critics. President was the Sight and Sound web editor Nick Bradshaw (UK), Cahiers du Cinema's Nicolas Azalbert (France) and Knut Elstermann (Germany), Jean Perret former artistic director of the Nyon film festival (Switzerland) and music journalist Makis Milatos (Greece).

The Golden Athina for this section went to the feature documentary Wavemakers, directed by Caroline Martel, about the invention of the avant garde musical instrument "Ondes Martenot" in WW1.

In the Greek section reserved for first films, Hectoras Lygizos was named Best Director for The Boy Eats the Birds Food, which was also the receipient of the Best Actor award for Yiannis Papadopoulos. The film is the official Greek foreign language Oscar entry.

The Newcomer award went to Maria Georgiadou for her part in Konstantina Voulgaris' All Cats are Brillant. In the short films category Asimina Proedrou's Red Hulk was deemed best film receiving 2,000 Euros in cash. …

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