Les Eclats (Ma Guele, Ma Revolte, Mon Nom) won best documentary.
Icelandic film Either Way (A Annan Veg) has taken the top best film prize at the 29th edition of the Turin Film Festival wrapped this weekend. The prize underscores Turin’s mission to spot emerging talents and focus on first, second and third works.
Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s debut comedy/drama is set in the 1980s in Iceland’s remote north and focuses on two highway workers that spend a summer painting lines on the road. The film is a Mystery Island and Flickbook Films production and has been making headway during this festival season. The film recently opened the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn and was screened at San Sebastian earlier this year.
The top prize, which came with $26,700 (Euros 20,000) in prize money was decided by a jury presided over by Jerry Schatzberg who was joined by Michael Fitzgerald, Valeria Golino, Brillante Mendoza and Hubert Niogret.
The film also took a collateral prize of The Holden School Award, voted by students studying screenplay composition, which called the film “an essential and Becket-like film, that balances on a centerline drawn from nothing to nothing in the Icelandic desert populated by female ghosts.”
Turin’s special jury prize was given ex-aequo to France’s Delphine and Muriel Coulin for 17 Filles and to the UAE/Lebanon co production OK, Enough, Goodbye (Tayeb, Khalas, Yalla) directed by Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia. The prize is accompanied by a total of $10,700 (euros 8,000) in prize money.
Best actress recognition went to Germany’s Renate Krossner for Way Home (Vergiss Deine Ende) by Andreas Kannengiesser while the best actor award was given to the UK’s Martin Compston for his role in Craig Viveiros’ Ghosted.
The festival has also awarded several documentaries. The best international documentary has been awarded to Les Eclats (Ma Guele, Ma Revolte, Mon Nom) by France’s Sylvain George. A special mention went to South Korea’s Lee Kang-Huan’s The Color Of Pain.