Magazine article Screen International

Sparrows' Wins in Sao Paulo

Magazine article Screen International

Sparrows' Wins in Sao Paulo

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Runar Runarsson's Sparrows took the jury prize for best fiction at the São Paulo International Film Festival, which ended Nov 4. It also won the best screenplay prize for its writer/director Runarsson.

Sao Paulo's New Directors Competition is for first and second features (Sparrows is Runarsson's second after Volcano.)

Sparrows, an Iceland-Denmark-Croatia co-production, is about an Icelandic teenage boy who has to leave Reykjavik to go back to live in his remote hometown with his estranged father.

Sparrows premiered in Toronto and also won the Golden Shell in San Sebastian.

The jury gave an honorable mention to Jacek Lusinksi's Polish feature Carte Blanche.

The audience award for best foreign fiction went to Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase's An and for best foreign documentary to Amir Escandari's Pixadores (Finland, Denmark, Sweden). …

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