Sundown, Will-o'-the-Wisp e Austral premiati al BRIFF
- Il 5° BRIFF assegna un nuovo premio al regista messicano Michel Franco, e ricompensa l'inclassificabile commedia musicale di João Pedro Rodriguez e il bellissimo documentario di Benjamin Colaux
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The fifth Brussels International Film Festival (BRIFF) came to a close this weekend after an exciting ten-day stint which heralded the return of a film celebration unhampered by Covid, kicking off with a sold-out screening of Michel Hazanavicius’ new movie Final Cut [+leggi anche:
intervista: Michel Hazanavicius
scheda film], and closing with an awards ceremony which paid tribute to films both diverse and well-received in equal measure.
Mexican director Michel Franco is a familiar face on the festival circuit, to put it mildly. Honoured three times in Cannes and awarded the Grand Prize in Venice in 2020 on account of New Order [+leggi anche:
scheda film], the filmmaker returned this year to offer up Sundown [+leggi anche:
scheda film], which was presented at the Venice Film Festival back in September and has now taken part in BRIFF’s International Competition, winning Franco the section’s Grand Prize courtesy of a jury composed of Catherine Jacob, Samuel Benchetrit, Joahannes Bac Kuhnke, Wim Willaert and Claire Bodson. The Jury Prize went to Kamila Andini’s Indonesian movie Nana.
The festival also played host to a Director’s Week where Will-o'-the-Wisp [+leggi anche:
scheda film], a self-proclaimed musical fantasy by Portugal’s João Pedro Rodriguez, walked away with the Grand Prize. This sprightly story about a young prince come apprentice fire fighter perturbed by the pleasures of the flesh offered up to him in the barracks where he lives, won over the jury, as did Italian movie The Hole [+leggi anche:
intervista: Michelangelo Frammartino
scheda film] by Michelangelo Frammartino, which won the Jury Prize - having previously scooped Venice’s Special Jury Prize - and Bianca Stigter’s Dutch documentary Three Minutes - A Lengthening [+leggi anche:
intervista: Bianca Stigter
scheda film], which earned itself a Special Mention, as well as later nabbing the European Young Jury Award. In other news, Hungarian film Gentle [+leggi anche:
intervista: László Csuja e Anna Nemes
scheda film] by Anna Eszter Nemes and László Csuja bagged the Audience Award in addition to the press’s Fipresci Award, which was handed out at this year’s BRIFF Awards for the very first time.
Intent on foregrounding a new generation of Belgian filmmakers, BRIFF also offers up a National Competition, which included numerous first and second films on this occasion. This was notably the case for Austral [+leggi anche:
scheda film], Benjamin Colaux’s second film which is a visually breath-taking and incredibly moving documentary about the day-to-day life of long-distance sailors in southern Chile. The film also won the award for Best Editing, as decided upon by a jury of professionals, courtesy of Yannick Leroy. Another documentary found itself on the receiving end of the jury’s praises: Une bosse dans le Coeur, which is the first feature film by Noé Reutenauer, bagged the Jury Prize, but it also bowled over the public and earned itself an Audience Award. Last but not least, acting prizes were won by the two lead actors in Manuel Poutte’s feature film Sous Contrôle: Martin Swabey (seen in Suite Française [+leggi anche:
scheda film], Mr. Nobody [+leggi anche:
intervista: Jaco Van Dormael
intervista: Jaco Van Dormael
scheda film], Sentinelles and Little Glory [+leggi anche:
scheda film]) was handed the Best Actor award, while Camille de Leu (who’s also a director, to whom we notably owe the wonderful short film Novembre) walked away with Best Actress.
Finally, the RTBF Award went to French film 15 Ways to Kill Your Neighbour [+leggi anche:
scheda film] by Santiago Mitre, while the BeTV trophy went to Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s The Beasts [+leggi anche:
intervista: Rodrigo Sorogoyen e Isabel…
The full list of winners is as follows:
Nana - Kamila Andini (Indonesia)
Gentle - Anna Eszter Nemes and László Csuja
European Young Jury Award
Three Minutes - A Lengthening - Bianca Stigter
Une bosse dans le coeur - Noé Reutenauer (Belgium)
Camille de Leu - Sous contrôle (Belgium)
Martin Swabey - Sous contrôle
Une bosse dans le coeur - Noé Reutenauer
Yannick Leroy - Austral
(Tradotto dal francese)
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