Magazine article Screen International

Macondo, Tale of Iya Take HKIFF Prizes

Magazine article Screen International

Macondo, Tale of Iya Take HKIFF Prizes

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Sudabeh Mortezai's Macondo won the Firebird Award in the Young Cinema Competition of this year's Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), while Tetsuichiro Tsuta's The Tale Of Iya took the Jury Prize.

The jury praised Macondo, an Austrian drama centring on an 11-year-old Chechnyan refugee, for its "simplicity and humanity [which] show great sensitivity to universal human problems". Ayumi Sakamoto's Forma received a special mention in the Young Cinema Competition.

The Firebird Award in the Documentary Competition went to Farida Pacha's My Name Is Salt, while the Jury Prize went to Gu Tao's The Last Moose Of Aoluguya and Bernard Bloch's Meat And Milk received a special mention.

Hu Wei's The Butter Lamp, about Tibetan nomads, won the Firebird Award in the Short Film Competition. The Jury Prize went to Leo Woodhead's Cold Snap, while Janie Geiser's Kriminalistik won the Internet Audience Award and Reka Bucsi's Symphony No. 42 received a special mention. …

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