Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami and Hungarian newcomerNimrod Antal might have taken most of the applause at the closing ceremony forthe second Copenhagen International Film Festival, but it was LidijaBobrova's Russian feature debut The Granny which scooped most of the awards.
The film took the Golden Swan for best film, best screenplayand the Grand Jury Special Prize to the film's central actors, NinaChoubina and Anna Ovsiannikova.
However, since no one from The Granny was present in Copenhagen, attention focused onNimrod Antal and his debut Kontroll,which won two Golden Swans for best direction and cinematography.
Hungarian jury president Istvan Szabo did not try to hidehis joy at giving two awards to his young countryman. The acting awards went tothe experienced Spaniard Luis Tosar for Take My Eyes, while newcomer German Anna Maria Mühe wasnamed best actress for Love In Thoughts.
Apart from Szabo this year's jury consisted of DavidMackenzie, Jean-Marc Barr, Maia Morgenstern and Paprika Steen.
Both Kiarostami and Szabo were presented with LifetimeAchievement Awards and gave popular master classes at the Danish Film Schoolduring the festival.
Like last year, it was a local film which went off with theaudience award, as Nikolaj Arcel's political thriller King'sGame was voted the winner by a largemargin, adding to the buzz surrounding the film, which opens Oct 1.
The Granny isreleased in Denmark on Aug 30 by Marco Film.
In the newly instigated Best Female Director section, acollaboration with Women In Film & Television (WIFT), the jury singled outGuka Omarova's Schizo: Fifty-Fifty,the first female filmmaker from Kazakhstan.
While the total admission figures have yet to be published,it was evident early on, that this year's trimmer event was going tostrongly improve on last year's disappointing 12,000 admissions. Thisyear attracted some 90 filmmakers, producers and actors compared to 37 in 2003.