Magazine article Screen International

Rotterdam Film Festival 2018 Winners Announced

Magazine article Screen International

Rotterdam Film Festival 2018 Winners Announced

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Winners include The Widowed Witch, The Reports On Sarah And Saleem, The Guilty and Nina.

‘The Widowed Witch’

The winners at the 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam (24 Jan 2018 - 4 Feb) have been announced.

The Widowed Witch by Cai Chengjie won the Hivos Tiger competition, which comes with a $40,000 cash prize.

The jury said it was “a film of epic dimensions with a narrative that is greater than one person or moment. It takes a feminist viewpoint with a strong central character, who refuses to be a victim.”

The plot centres on a widowed woman who embarks on a quest through rural China after a series of tragedies. An earlier version of the film was screened at the Xining First Film Festival.

The $10,000 special jury award went to Rami Alayan’s screenplay for Muayad Alayan’s The Reports On Sarah And Saleem. The film won also won the Hubert Bals Fund audience award, also worth [Euro]10,000.

This year’s jury was: Anthea Kennedy, Paula Astorga, Job ter Burg, Valeska Grisebach and Kim Kyungmook.

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The bright future award, for filmmakers premiering their first feature in the Bright Future strand, was won by Tiago Melo for Azougue Nazaré. …

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