36th edition ran Aug 23-Sept 3, screening 432 films from 80 countries.
Ismail Gunes’ Where The Fire Burns (Ateşin Düştüğü Yer) [pictured] has won the Grand Prix of the Americas world competition prize, as well as the FIPRESCI prize, at the 36th Montreal World Film Festival, which closed on Sept 3.
Also among the winners in this year’s world competition were Jan Troell who won best director for The Last Sentence (previously known as Truth & Consequence), Dito Tsintsadze’s Invasion and Imanol Uribe’s Orange Honey who shared the Special Grand Prix of the Jury, Brigitte Hobmeier who scooped best actress for her role in Franziska Schlotterer’s Closed Season with best actor going to Karl Merkatz in Sabine Hiebler & Gerhard Ertl’s Coming Of Age.
Special awards went to Claude Gagnon’s Karakara (Openness To The World award “having presented a situation where the protagonists reach a better level of understanding”) and Krsto Papic’s Flower Square (Freedom Of Speech award for “daring [to] expose the worldwide problem of corruption and its links with organised crime”).
The Golden Zenith for best first fiction feature film went to Joanna Lombardi’s Casadentro, which also scooped the FIPRESCI prize for first feature, while Liliana Komorowska’s documentary Beauty And The Breast was among the winners of the festival’s public awards.
For the full list of winners, visit the festival’s website.