Montreal Filmfest: ‘Chucks’ gets audience award, Puttman bags award for exceptional service to cinema

NEW DELHIMad Love from Philippe Ramos (France) received the Grand Prize of the Americas, while Turkish film Misafir (The Visitor) from Mehmet Eryilmaz got the Special Grand Jury Award at the Montreal World Film Festival.


The film, which had opened last month with the film Mohammed by renowned Iranian director Majid Majidi and music by AR Rahman, closed yesterday. A special grand prize of the Americas is awarded to producer Lord Puttnam for his exceptional contribution to the world of cinema.


There was a tie for Best director: 2 Nights Till Morning by Mikko Kuparinen (Finland / Luthania) and Dosieto Petrov (Petrov File) from Georgi Balabanov (Bulgaria / Germany).


The Best Actress award went to Malin Buska for The Girl King de Mika Kaurismäki(Canada / Finland /Germany / Switzerland) while Wolfram Berger was voted best actor for Rider Jack by This Lüscher (Switzerland).


The best screenplay went to Letnie Przesilenie for Summer Solstice by Michal Rogalski (Poland/ Germany) and best artistic contribution went to Seven Days byXing Jian (China).


The Innovation Award went to Un Instante En La Habana (Havana Moment) from Guillermo Iv?n Duenas (USA / Cuba / Mexico/ Colombia).


Among Short Films, the first prize went to La Voce from David Uloth (Canada) and the jury award to Honeysuckle from Lucy Lumsden (United Kingdom).


The Golden Zenith award for best first fiction feature went to Chuyi (The Funeral) from Qi Wang (China) and the Silver Zenith for the First Fiction Feature Film went toPara Minha Amada Morta (To My Beloved) from Ali Muritiba (Brazil). The Bronze Zenith for the First Fiction Feature Film went to La Linea Delgada Amarilla (The Thin Yellow Line) from Celso Garcia (Mexico).


The Special Mentions of the First Feature Film Jury were Asman Aldynda (Under Heaven) from DalmiraTilepbergen (Kyrgyzstan) and Rosa Chumbe from Jonatan Relayze Chiang (Peru).


The Audience Award went to Chucks by Sabine Hiebler and Gerhard Ertl from Cornelia Travnicek’s book (Autriche).


The most popular film of the Festival was The Girl King from Mika Kaurismäki (Canada / Finland /Germany / Switzerland).


The Glauber Rocha Award for the Best Latin American was La Delgada Linea Amarilla (The Thin Yellow Line) from Celso Garcia (Mexico), while the Best Documentary was a tie between Marzia, Ystäväni (Marzia My Friend) from Kirsi Mattila (Finland) and Playing Lecuona by Pavel Giroud (Spain- Colombia).


The Best Canadian Short Film was La Voce (The Voice) from David Uloth.


The FIPRESCI (Internationale Film Critics) prizes went in World competition to the Turkish Misafir and First Feature to Rosa Chumbe from Jonatan Relayze Chiang (Peru).


Ecumenical Jury Prize was given to L’orchestre de minuit  by Jérôme Cohen Olivar (Morocco).

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