Mundane History received the Grand Prix at the closing ceremony of the 10th Era New Horizons International Film Festival in Wrocław, Poland.
The international jury of Jonathan Caouette, Piotr Dumała, Gideon Koppel, Mariusz Treliński and Yeşim Ustaoğlu presented Anocha Suwichakornpong’s biting critique of Thai society with the festival’s highest honor and a $26,000 (€20,000) cash prize.
In the New Polish Films competition, Przemyslaw Wojcieszek’s Made in Poland received the Wroclaw Film Prize and $33,000 (€25,000) for Best Film, while Adam Sikora and Ingmar Villqist shared the $13,000 (€10,000) Best New Director Award for their film Ewa, an earnest portrayal of moral erosion set amidst economic collapse.
Cédric Dupire and Gaspard Kuentz’s film We Don’t Care About Music Anyway was named Best Film in the festival’s Films On Art international competition. The international jury gave Special Mention to Sophie Fiennes’ Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow.
Festival organizer the New Horizons Association guarantees local distribution of prize winners We Don’t Care About Music Anyway, Mundane History, FIPRESCI award-winner Mama (dir. Nikolay Ricard, Yelena Ricard) and audience award-winner Le Quattro Volte (dir. Michelangelo Frammartino).
The 10th edition of the Era New Horizons International Film Festival hosted more than 250 foreign guests, among them 160 international industry professionals. More than 500 films were screened to combined total audiences of 122,500 people.
The 11th Era New Horizons will take place July 21-31, 2011 and will showcase the works of Terry Gilliam, Andrzej Munk, classical and contemporary Norwegian cinema, and Japanese erotic films.