Venice. Six critics–jurors managed to travel to the Lido. They presented two prizes. Competition: The Disciple by Indian filmmaker Chaitanya Tamhane, “about a musician’s search for perfection in the imperfect contemporary world.” Parallel sections: The Wasteland by Iranian filmmaker Ahmad Bahrami. More
Toronto. The three members of our jury at TIFF – the Toronto International Film Festival saw online a selection of first and second long feature films and decided for Beginning as best film, a Georgian-French coproduction, directed by Dea Kulumbegashvili. The debut feature centres “on a Jehovah’s Witness missionary seeking justice in a remote Georgian village.” More
Minsk. “Belarus is in a political, social, and economic crisis”, state the organizers of the Listapad International Film Festival.” They sent an appeal to “help Belarusians maintain their fortitude and continue to fight for the truth. We ask you to focus your attention on the Belarusian agenda within the framework of the film festivals to be held this year.” More
The FIPRESCI Grand Prix will exceptionally not be awarded in 2020, as the current circumstances would make it impossible for it to maintain the wide-reaching, inclusive nature that defines it.
Palic. At the European Film Festival in the Serbian city our jury selected (online) Sweat as best film, directed by Magnus von Horn. “With its subtle observation of a young social media ‘influencer’ and the people around her, the film carefully captures of our times and values in the middle of crisis, both physically and virtually.” More