Magazine article Screen International

White Shadow Wins in Wroclaw

Magazine article Screen International

White Shadow Wins in Wroclaw

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Israeli film-maker Noaz Deshe's feature debut White Shadow was the big winner at this year's T-Mobile New Horizons in Poland's Wroclaw.

The International Jury - including Polish director Tomasz Wasilewski, the Austrian Film Commission's managing director Martin Schweighofer and Cannes Film Festival's Christian Jeune - presented the [euro]20,000 ($27,000) Grand Prix to the Tanzanian-German-Italian co-production, which was also voted by New Horizons' festival-goers as the recipient of the Audience Award.

Berlin-based Deshe's tale of albinos in Tanzania was premiered at last year's Venice Film Festival, where it received the Luigi de Laurentis Award for the best debut.

It has since won the best director award at the Tarkovsky ¨Zerkalo¨ festival and the best feature film at London's East End Film Festival as well as a special mention at the Transilvania International Film Festival.

White Shadow is handled internationally by Premium Films.

The FIPRESCI International Critics Prize went to another feature debut by Argentinian director Benjamin Naihstat's History Of Fear which premiered in the Berlinale's Competition last February and is handled by Visit Films.

Films on Art

Meanwhile, the [euro]10,000 ($13,000) prize in the Films on Art Competition went to Swedish artist Anna Odell's film debut The Reunion, which is a controversial mix of feature film, documentary and performance art.

A special mention was awarded to Zuzanna Solakiewicz's documentary 15 Corners Of The World, which had its world premiere in Wroclaw and will then be shown in Locarno's Semaine de la Critique next week.

Solakiewicz's portrait of Eugeniusz Rudnik, one of the pioneers of experimental music from the 1960s onwards, was produced as a Polish-German co-production with backing from such institutions as the Polish Film Institute, Poland's National Audiovisual Institute (NInA), and Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. …

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