Magazine article Screen International

'My Happy Family', 'Newton' Win Top Awards at HKIFF

Magazine article Screen International

'My Happy Family', 'Newton' Win Top Awards at HKIFF

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Tala Hadid, Wong Chun also win prizes at Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Georgian filmmakers Nana and Simon's My Happy Family won the Firebird Award in the Young Cinema Competition of the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) on Sunday night, while Amit V. Masurkar's Newton took the Jury Prize.

My Happy Family follows a middle-aged woman who decides to move out of the family home, while Newton, which premiered in Berlin, revolves around an election polling booth in Naxalite territory in the Indian jungle. Nana and Simon previously won HKIFF's Firebird Award for In Bloom in 2013.

The Young Cinema Competition jury was headed by Polish director Agnieszka Holland and also included former Toronto International Film Festival programmer Colin Geddes, Le Monde's Thomas Sotinel and Hong Kong actor Anthony Wong.

In the Documentary Competition, Tala Hadid's Morocco-set House In The Fields won the Firebird Award, while Ma Li's Inmates, about a Chinese psychiatric hospital, took the Jury Prize. …

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