Citing a need for the awards season “to more authentically reflect the culture of the world in which we live”, Los Angeles-based film curator and promoter Global Cinematheque has announced the winners of its inaugural World Cinema Awards.
Parasite, Portrait Of A Lady On Fire, and Pain And Glory figure prominently in the roster. In addition, UniFrance will receive Global Cinematheque’s first World Cinema Cultural Spotlight Award in honour of 70 years of “extraordinary work” promoting French cinema throughout the world.
Three additional Global Cinematheque Spotlight Awards will be presented for Creative Visions (Joanna Hogg, writer/director, The Souvenir), Craft (Claire Mathon, cinematographer, Atlantics and Portrait Of A Lady On Fire), and Discovery (Mati Diop, writer/director, Atlantics).
Founder and former AFI FEST director Jacqueline Lyanga and co-founder, producer and inaugural artistic director of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Jasmine Jaisinghani are behind Global Cinematheque, and set up the World Cinema Awards to celebrate the best international cinema of the year across 10 categories.
“Global Cinematheque and the World Cinema Awards were born of the passion for international cinema that co-founder Jasmine Jaisinghani and I share,” said Lyanga. “The awards are a new platform for films made outside of the United States through which we hope to expand the global reach of international cinema.
“There are extraordinary films being made all over the world and we want to bring the work of these talented artists to the attention of new audiences; there is a need for the awards season to more authentically reflect the culture of the world in which we live.”
Newly appointed UniFrance executive director Daniela Elstner and UniFrance president Serge Toubiana will be on hand to accept the Cultural Spotlight Award at the Résidence de France in Los Angeles on February 10, in collaboration with the French Consulate’s celebration for French Oscar nominees.
“2020 is an exceptional year for France at the Oscars with seven nominations including Les Misérables for Best International Feature, I Lost My Body for Best Animated Film, Nefta Football Club and Memorable in the shorts categories, composer Alexandre Desplat and visual effects supervisors Guillaume Rocheron and Stephane Grabli,” said Nathalie Soirat, deputy consul general and acting consul – Consulate General of France in Los Angeles.
“This highlights the fact that there is a place for international content in Hollywood and we are very pleased to support the creation of Global Cinematheque, a new organisation dedicated to international creation.”
Global Cinematheque will promote global cinema through the annual awards, social platforms and an e-newsletters, and plans to curate screenings and create screen education programmes for youth.
Global Cinematheque is sponsored by global French-language entertainment network TV5Monde, with cultural support provided by the consulate general of France in Los Angeles and the cultural services of the French Embassy. Screen International is media partner and provides promotional support.
The award winners were selected by a selection committee of international film festival and film museum directors, programmers, curators and US-based film journalists.
INAUGURAL WORLD CINEMA AWARDS LIST
First runner-up: Portrait Of A Lady On Fire
Second runner-up: Pain And Glory.
Winner: Bong Joon Ho, Parasite
First runner-up: Céline Sciamma, Portrait Of A Lady On Fire
Second runner-up: Pedro Almodóvar, Pain And Glory.
Winners (tied): Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant, Portrait Of A Lady On Fire
First runner-up: Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Beanpole
Second runner-up: Mama Sane, Atlantics.
Winner: Antonio Banderas, Pain And Glory
First runner-up: Song Kang-Ho, Parasite
Second runner-up: Tom Mercier, Synonyms.
Winner: Parasite, Bong Joon-Ho and Han Jin Won; story by Bong Joon Ho
First runner-up: Portrait Of A Lady On Fire, Céline Sciamma
Second runner-up: Pain And Glory, Pedro Almodóvar.
Winner: Kyung-pyo Hong, Parasite
Runner-up: Claire Mathon, Portrait Of A Lady On Fire and Atlantics.
Winner: Jinmo Yang, Parasite
First runner-up: Julien Lacheray, Portrait Of A Lady On Fire
Second runner-up: Teresa Font, Pain And Glory.
Winner: Jaeil Jung for Parasite
First runner-up: Alberto Iglesias, Pain And Glory
Second runner-up: Jean-Baptiste de Laubier and Arthur Simonini, Portrait Of A Lady On Fire.
Winner: I Lost My Body
First runner-up: The Swallows Of Kabul
Second runner-up: Weathering With You
First runner-up: For Sama
Second runner-up: The Cave.
Spotlight Award – Creative Vision: Joanna Hogg, Writer/Director, The Souvenir
Spotlight Award - Craft: Claire Mathon, Cinematographer, Atlantics and Portrait Of A Lady On Fire
Spotlight Award - Discovery: Mati Diop, Writer/Director, Atlantics
Cultural Spotlight Award: UniFrance.