Critics Prizes at the festivals of Cottbus, Thessaloniki, Geneva, Leipzig, Vienna

Cottbus (Germany, Festival of East European Cinema, November 6-11, 2012).
Prize: "
Kolka Cool" (Kolka Cool) by Juris Poskus (Latvia, 2011), shown in the feature film competition. Motivation: "The FIPRESCI award goes to "Kolka Cool" for its poetic portrait of the ennui of young people in provincial Latvia." Jury: Alison Frank, UK ("The Moving Arts Film Journal"), Tomislav Sakic, Croatia ("Hrvatski Filmski Ljetopis"), Jennifer Borrmann, Germany ("Kino-zeit.de"). Print source: FA Filma, Madara Melberga, Bruninieku lela 22-7 Riga, LV 1001 Latvia. Tel/Fax +371 67 29 33 19, mobile +371 26 69 53 00, fafilma@fafilma.lv, www.fafilma.lv
Festival: www.filmfestivalcottbus.de

 

Thessaloniki (Greece, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, November 2-11, 2012).
Prize, International Competition: "A Hijacking" (Kapringen) by Tobias Lindholm (Denmark, 2012). Prize, Greek Films Section: "Boy Eating The Bird's Food" (To agori troi to fagito tou pouliou) by Ektoras Ligizos (Greece, 2012). Jury: Samir Farid, Egypt, president ("El-Masry El-Youm"), Tonci Valentic, Croatia ("Zarez"), Andreas Günther, Germany ("filmstarts.de"), Michal Oleszczyk, Poland ("Slant Magazine"), Nick Aletras, Greece ("Eleftheria"). Print sources. "A Hijacking": TrustNordisk, Denmark, T +45 3686 8788, F +45 3677 4448, info@trustnordisk.com, www.trustnordisk.com. - "Boy Eating The Bird's Food": Premium Films, France, T +33 (1) 4277 0639, olivier.heitz@premium-films.com, www.premium-films.com.
Festival: www.filmfestival.gr

 

Geneva (Genève, Switzerland, Festival Tous Ecrans - Festival International du film de Genève, November 2-8, 2012).
Prize: "Appropriate Adult" by Julian Jarrold (United Kingdom, 2011), presented in the Feature Film Competition. Jury: Lotfi Ben Khelifa, Tunisia ("Le Quotidien"), Kira Taszman, Germany ("Neues Deutschland"), Beat Glur, Switzerland ("Schweizerische Depeschenagentur"). Production and Distribution: ITV Studios Global Entertainment, www.itvstudios.com/appropriate-adult (the site It lists various contacts for tv distribution and the different world sales - Europe, North America, Australasia etc)
Festival: www.tous-ecrans.com

 

Leipzig (Germany, International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, October 29 - November 4, 2012).
Prize: "Another Night on Earth" (Otra noche en la tierra) by David Muñoz (Spain, 2012). Jury: Jean-Max Mejean, France ("Jeune Cinéma MediaMorphoses"), Marcin Gizycki, Poland ("Kwartalnik Filmowy"), Kirsten Kieninger, Germany ("
www.kino-zeit.de"). Print source: www.davidmunoz.es, T +34 (677) 416 560, hibrida@hibrida.es
Festival:
www.dokfestival-leipzig.de

 

Vienna (Viennale, Austria, October 25 – November 7, 2012).
Prize: "Margaret" by Kenneth Lonergan (USA, 2011). Motivation: "Evoking some of the massive novels of the late 19th and early 20th century by writers such as Zola and Dreiser, Kenneth Lonergan's masterpiece captures the zeitgeist of Manhattan circa 2003 [that is, in the recent aftermath of the decimation of the World Trade Center and roughly 3,000 people on September 11, 2001] with precision and insight, using its broad cast of flawed characters as microscopes as well as telescopes trained on our conflicted as well as troubled sensibilities." Jury: Jonathan Rosenbaum, USA (jonathanrosenbaum.com), Diego Brodersen, Argentina ("El Amante Cine Magazine", "Pagina 12"), Victoria Smirnova Mayzel, Russia ("Art of Cinema Film Magazine"), Alexandra Zawia ("film"). Print source, world sales: Hollywood Classics, Garfield House, 2nd Floor, 86-88 Edgware Road, London W2 2EA, UK, T +44 (20) 7535 7260, geraldine@hollywoodclassics.com.
Festival:
www.viennale.at