Glawogger’s Kill Daddy GoodNight wins Austrian Diagonale Grand Prix, Eric Khoo’s My Magic top winner at Switzerland’s Fribourg.


Michael Glawogger’s Kill Daddy Good Night (Das Vaterspiel) picked up the Grand Prix for best Austrian feature film at this year’s Diagonale showcase of Austrian filmmaking.

The film, which is adapted from Josef Haslinger’s novel Das Vaterspiel, had its world premiere at the Berlinale’s Panorama section last month

Produced by Germany’s Tatfilm with Austria’s Lotus Film and Paris-based Polaris Film Kill Daddy Good Night is being handled internationally by Celluloid Dreams.

Constantin Wulff’s portrait of a maternity clinic in Vienna, Into The World (In Die Welt), was awarded the Grand Prix for best Austrian documentary.

The awards for best cinematography went to Enzo Brandner for his work on the feature film Universalove and to Nikolaus Geyrhalter for his documentary 7915 KM.

Other award highlights included recognition of DOR Film for its innovative production strategy for Lilly The Witch.

And the Audience Award to the festival’s opening film Little Fish (Kleine Fische) by South Tyrolean director Marco Antoniazzi.

Meanwhile, Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo’s My Magic was presented with the ‘Regard d’Or’ at this year’s Fribourg International Film Festival. My Magic will be distributed theatrically in Switzerland by Frenetic Films later this year.

The FIPRESCI Jury Award, the International Federation of Film Societies’ Don Quixote Prize and the International Jury’s Special Prize were bestowed on Mexican director Yulene Olaizola’s Intimidades De Shakespeare Y Victor Hugo.

Meanwhile festival-goers voted for Mehreen Jabbar’s Ramchand Pakistani as winner of the Audience Award.

For the second year running, the festival gave visiting filmmakers a chance to present their new film projects to potential funders and co-producers.

Projects pitched at Fribourg’s two-day Forum included Carlos Moreno’s Todos Tus Muertos (Colombia), Najwa Najjar’s Unjust Revenge (Palestine), Tom Shoval’s Bliss Is A Tired Nerve (Israel) and Maurico Farias’ Apolo (Brazil).