Farkhat Sharipov’s film “18 kilohertz” won the Warsaw Grand Prix of the 36th Warsaw Film Festival. Martin Sulik, the creator of “Man with Hare Ears”, was appreciated for directing. The award ceremony – in part virtual – took place on Saturday in Warsaw.
The film “18 kilohertz” was inspired by the novel “Hardcore” by the Kazakh author Zara Yesenaman. The story takes place in the 90s during the drug boom in Almaty. The main characters are teenage friends Sanjar and Jaga, who feel lonely and misunderstood by adults. Boys dreaming of freedom and independence discover “forbidden places” in the city. Sharipov received the Warsaw Grand Prix “virtually” – via video chat – from the director of the Culture Office in the City Hall of Warsaw, Artur Jóźwik, and jury member Liana Ruokyte-Jonsson.
The Lithuanian cinema promoter emphasized that the deliberations were exceptionally calm. – When each of us made our own shortlist with the top three titles, we realized that there would be no special disagreements between us. The first item was the same – “18 kilohertz”. Well, this magic only happens in the cinema. I am glad that the Warsaw Film Festival was held live, although many other festivals have moved online or postponed until next year. This is a sign for our community that perhaps COVID-19 wanted to kill the cinema, but failed to do so, she said during the ceremony.
The special prize in the international competition was awarded to actors Bogdan Farkas and Dragos Dumitru for their roles in Bogdan George Apetri’s “Unidentified”. The director honored Martin Sulik, the creator of “Man with Hare Ears”.
The jury – next to Ruokyte-Jonsson – included: director Robert Gliński, Czech director Slavek Horak, Kosovar director Visar Morina and German producer Peter Rommel.
The winner of the 1-2 competition, devoted to the first and second full-length fictional films by authors from all over the world, was Taras Dron’s Blindfolded film. The awards went to “Spirala” by Cecilia Felmeri and “Mia wants revenge” by Bogdan Theodor Olteanu.
The jury of the 1-2 competition included: director and screenwriter Małgorzata Imielska, Romanian actor, director and producer Dan Chisu, as well as Ukrainian director Tymur Yashchenko.
The “Tragic Jungle” by Yulene Olaizola was awarded in the “free spirit” competition, in which feature-length films “independent, innovative and rebellious” participate. The award was given to “True North” by Eiji Han Shimizu.
Giedre Zickyte’s “The Jump” was the best full-length documentary. In this category, the honorable mention went to Kirby Dick’s “We Recorded” and Amy Ziering.
The Grand Prix of the short film competition was awarded to “League” by Aline Magrez, the award for the best animated short film – “The White Whale” by Amirhossein (Amir) Mehran, and the award for the best short documentary film – “What if nothing?” Monika Krupa. Apart from that, Lana Vlada’s “Sulfur” was awarded.
The jury of the International Federation of Film Critics FIPRESCI recognized “Preparing to be together indefinitely” by Lili Horvat as the best debut from Eastern Europe. The Ecumenical Jury honored Sulik’s “Hare-Eared Man”, and NETPAC – Asian Cinema Promotion Organization – Ryot Nakano’s “Asad Family”.
170 films from 56 countries
The 36th Warsaw Film Festival began on October 9. This time, over 170 films from 56 countries waited for the festival audience, including “Magnezja” by Maciej Bochniak, “Book of Vision” by Carlo S. Hintermann, “Rockfield: Studio on the Farm” by Hannah Berryman and “Droneman” by Petr Zelenka.
The event will end on Sunday. The closing film will be “Dear comrades!” Andrej Konczalowski, honored in September in the main competition of the Venice festival with the Special Jury Prize. – It is a rare case in the work of a festival selector, when a person starts watching a film and after a while they see that they are dealing with a great work. This is a truly outstanding film about the Soviet Union, about the beginning of the 1960s. In Nowoczerkask, there lives a lady who is a party activist, an idealist who believes in communist ideals. Before our eyes her world is falling apart – said Stefan Laudyn, director of the WFF, after the conference announcing the festival.
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