Slovenian director JanCvitkovic's Gravehopping (Odgrobadogroba) took home the Golden TowerAward for best film in the main programme of the 13th European Film Festival inPalic (July 15-21).
The Palic Tower Award forUnique Artistic Approach went to Berlin-based filmmaker Detlev Buck'shard-hitting urban drama Tough Enough (Knallhart) which had itspremiere at the Berlinale in February.
Michael Glawogger'sAustrian-Swiss-German co-production Slumming picked up a Palic Tower Award forthe best achievement in directing, while a special prize for best acting wasawarded by the international jury for Cillian Murphy's performance in NeilJordan's Breakfast On Pluto.
In addition, the International Critics Jury at Palic gave a specialmention to Something Like Happiness by Bohdan Slama and theGorki List Tolerance Award to Lady Zee by Georgi Djulgerov from thefilms in the Parallels and Encounters sidebar.
Elsewhere, German films were also key recipients of top prizes at the Munich Film Festival this week.
Although a non-competitiveevent, the Munich festival (July 15-22) provides a platform for otherorganisations to award prizes to films screening in the festival programme,including the Young German Cinema Award, sponsored by the HypoVereinsbank,Bavaria Film and broadcaster BR to draw attention to and encourage talent inGerman cinema.
This year's award for bestdirection went to Marcus H Rosenmueller's feature debut Grave Decisions (Wer FrueherStirbt, Ist Laenger Tot).
Rosenmueller's comedy, aboutan 11-year-old boy who believes he can achieve immortality if he becomes a rockstar, had its world premiere at the festival and is being handledinternationally by Beta Cinema.
Prizes were also given by thejury of producer Ulrike Putz, actor Ulrich Noethen and cinematographer GernotRoll in the categories of best screenplay to Meike Hauck and Matthias Luthardtfor Pingpong, and best actress (shared) to Jordis Triebel in Emma's Bliss and RosalieThomass in Polizeiruf 110: He Better Dead.