Cairo. The festival, a major event in the Arab World, took place as a live event. The Critics Prize, which commemorates the prominent Egyptian critic Samir Farid, went to Limbo by the British writer and director Ben Sharrock. The film manages, so the jury, “to delicately highlight the ever-present hardships of people fleeing from war and conflicts.” Limbo won also the festival’s main prize, the Golden Pyramid. More
Berlin. The European Discovery Award – Prix FIPRESCI has been announced at the European Film Awards Ceremony (which should have taken place this year in Reykjavik but had to move online). The winner is Sole, the first feature-length film by Italian filmmaker Carlo Sironi. The film had been invited to the festivals, among others, of Venice, Toronto, Busan, Gothenburg. All awards
Berlin. The Berlinale informs that the 2021 edition “will be a festival in two stages: industry online offer in March / public event in June”. “The industry platforms European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and the World Cinema Fund will kick off the 71st Berlinale in March with an online offer”, informs the festival. “In June, there will be a summer event with numerous film screenings for the public audiences – in cinemas as well as open air.” More
See also www.berlinale.de
Dimitri Eipides passed away, the creator, founder and longtime director of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. He “taught us how to watch documentaries, how to discover filmmakers”, mourns the festival. Eipides had also advised a series of festivals throughout the world, among them in Montreal, Toronto, Reykjavik. See Alin Tasciyan’s memories of a friend.
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