24th Athens International Film Festival

24th Athens International Film Festival: The Awards

"Heiresses", "Museum" and "A Woman Captured" won this year's big prizes!

Panos Gkenas (Greek Short Stories in Competition Selection Coordinator) and Dimitra Argyraki (International Short Stories Selection Coordinator), two of the Festival's collaborators,  presented the awards, welcomed the juries who handed them out,  and thanked all sponsors and collaborators.

AWARDS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION SECTION

The jury for the International Competition Section of the 24th Athens International Film Festival was comprised of:

Ari Folman (President of the Committee), director
Natasha Gikas, curator of the German Film Museum
Mark Smith, journalist for the London Times
Helen deWitt, curator, lecturer and screenwriter
Makis Gazis, casting director

Golden Athena award for Best Film  - “The Heiresses” by  Marcelo Martinessi

In the jury's own words:

“The jury would like to present this award to The Heiresses. This film is an intimate portrait of the relationship between a mature lesbian couple and their social circle, a relationship that is rarely seen in films.  This well-structured film perfectly depicts the  difficulties of the situation the couple faces as well as the heroine's liberation despite the personal and financial challenges she is up against. On the whole the film creates a complex yet believable universe that is as charming as it is surprising.”

City of Athens Best Director Award - “Museum” by Alonso Ruizpalacios

In the jury's own words:

“The jury decided to present the Best Director award to Alonso Ruizpalacios for his outstanding directorial work in “Museum”. The use of the cinematic language is perfected in Alonso's work: the choreography of the actors  in every scene is vivid and beautiful, the composition is indicative of great resourcefulness and at times it's as though the camera etches the light  so as to imprint the story and actors. We can't wait for Alonso  Ruizpalacios' next film. “

Best  Screenplay Award - “In the Aisles” by Clemens Meyer and Thomas Stuber

In the jury's own words:

“It is with great pleasure that the jury presents the best screenplay award to the film “In the Aisles” written by Clemens Meyer and Thomas Stuber. With austerity and a playful perception of metaphor the script succeeded in communicating a variety of human values and emotions without ever resorting to hyperbole or sentimentality. We congratulate the excellent actors for recognising the subtlety  of the material they were handed. Congratulations to all.”

Audience Award Sponsored by Fischer Beer - “And Breathe Normally” by Isold Uggadottir


 

GFCA (Greek Film Critics Association) Award - “In the Aisles” by Thomas Stuber

In GFCA's  own words:

“Using  the contemporary film language and referencing various films, the director takes on a hot social subject; the optimism of the working class against social isolation and marginalisation, in the heart of Europe.”

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION AWARDS

The jury for the International Documentary Competition section of the 24th Athens International Film Festival  was comprised of:

Menelaos Karamaghiolis (President of the Jury), director
Simran Hans , film critic for The Observer
Evangelia Kranioti, director
Antje Ehmann, curator for art/film programmes, author
Gürcan Keltek, director

 Golden Athena Award for Best Documentary - “A Woman Captured” by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

In the jury's own words:

“This is about the collaboration between two women, the heroine and the director who filmed and edited the documentary herself. We were touched by the story, a shocking and unfortunately altogether real occurrence of modern-day slavery as well as by the immediacy of Tuza-Ritter's filming style and her ability to construct such an intense and dramatic documentary as if it were a fictional thriller. We would like to congratulate her for the intimacy which emerges between the heroine and the camera where the lens is transformed into the captured woman's confidant and gives her strength to seek her freedom.”

Special Mention - “Bisbee '17”  by Robert Greene & “The Raft” by Marcus Lindeen

In the jury's own words:

“For the exceptional directorial approach and the innovative way in which they combine memory and the exploration of human behaviour with documented events, the theatrical process and installation all come together in such a way that it guarantees the creative participation of the heroes and their awakening.”


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