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Bordeaux rewards Teddy and The Last Hillbilly

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- The 9th International Independent Film Festival has crowned as joint champions Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma’s werewolf film and the documentary by Diane Sara Bouzgarrou and Thomas Jenkoe

Bordeaux rewards Teddy and The Last Hillbilly
Teddy by Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma and The Last Hillbilly by Diane Sara Bouzgarrou and Thomas Jenkoe

The International Competition might have been dominated by the Iranian film by Saeed Roustaee Just 6.5, but the French competition jury of the 9th International Independent Film Festival (which unspooled 14 – 19 October), composed of Maïmouna Doucouré, Delphine Gleize and Lio, awarded their Grand Prize 2020 to two feature films decorated with Cannes 2020 labels: Teddy [+see also:
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by brothers Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma and The Last Hillbilly [+see also:
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by Diane Sara Bouzgarrou and Thomas Jenkoe.

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Honoured with Cannes’ Official Selection label, Teddy (Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma’s second feature film after Willy 1er [+see also:
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) stars Anthony Bajon, Christine Gautier and Noémie Lvovsky in its cast. Written by the two filmmakers, the story begins one evening, during a full moon, when 19-year-old Teddy who works in a massage parlour is scratched by a mysterious creature... Produced by Baxter Films, and Les Films Velvet, the feature film is sold by WTFilms and will be distributed in France by The Jokers Films as of 13 January.

Awarded the Cannes 2020 ACID label, documentary The Last Hillbilly plunges the viewer into eastern Kentucky, the poorest region in the US, which is home to the folk known as "Hillbillies". Through the words of one of them, the film collects precious thoughts which stand as the last remnants of a dying community. This debut feature film by Diane Sara Bouzgarrou and Thomas Jenkoe was produced by Marseille-based firm Films de Force Majeure in co-production with Qatar. Sold worldwide by The Party Film Sales, The Last Hillbilly will be released in French cinemas on 2 December, courtesy of New Story.

The full list of winners is as follows:

International Competition - Feature Films

Grand Prize
Just 6.5 - Saeed Roustaee (Iran)

Special Mention
Un printemps à Hong Kong - Ray Yeung (China)

French Competition - Feature Films

Grand Prize (tie-break)
The Last Hillbilly [+see also:
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- Diane Sara Bouzgarrou and Thomas Jenkoe (France/Qatar)
Teddy [+see also:
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- Ludovic Boukherma and Zoran Boukherma (France)

Best Composer
Sacha Galperine, Evgueni Galperine and Amine Bouhafa – Gagarin [+see also:
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(France)

French Competition – Short Films

Grand Prize (tie-break)
Shakira - Noémie Merlant (France)
Maalbeek - Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis (France)

Special Mention
Capucine Valmary (actress) in Romance, abscisse et ordonnée (France)

Best Composer
Vitor Araújo - Le départ (France/Morocco)

Contraband Competition

Grand Prize
Avant Tim - Alexis Diop (France)

Special Mention
La cousinade - Lola Cambourieu and Yann Berlier (France)

Graduates of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Film Workout

Feature Films
Ghost Town - Nicolas Peduzzi
Toute une nuit sans le savoir - Payal Kapadia

Short Films
Bastion - Thomas Ducastel
Confinés dehors - Julien Goudichaud
Heures fauves - Nans Laborde-Jourdaa
Pasaia - Giulia Grossmann
De mémoires et de débris - Rodrigo Michelangeli

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(Translated from French)

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