As Venice draws to a close, a handful of awards have been announced.
Swedish actress Pernilla August’s directorial debut Beyond (Svinalängorna),an emotional drama of a grown up daughter played by Noomi Rapace (Millennium Trilogy) who is forced to confront her alcoholic mother has won the Region of Veneto audience award for the best film at the 25th edition of the International Film Critics Week, an independent section presented within the Venice Film Festival.
The prize comes with a $6,300 (Euros 5,000) prize.
Trust Nordisk handles world sales. The film is also eligible for the Lion of the Future award an official prize across sections, which will be announced Saturday night, together with the other prizes.
Bertrand Blier’s The Clink Of Ice (Le Bruit Des Glacons), a witty black comedy about cancer and alcoholism, has taken the Europa Cinemas Label as the Best European Film in the independent Venice Days section, also presented during the Venice film festival.
Handled by Wild Bunch, the film will receive the support of Europa Cinemas exhibitors in extending the length of its run on screen, as well as additional promotion. The jury was composed of exhibitors Catherine Lemaire from Belgium, Stefan Paul from Germany, Koen Van Daele from Slovenia, and Davide Rampin from Italy.
And, the Venice film festival’s Controcampo Italiano prize was handed out to 20 Sigarette (20 Cigarettes) by Aureliano Amadei. The film is an autobiographical telling of surviving a Nasiriyah, Iraq suicide bombing that claimed the lives of 19 Italian soldiers. The massacre represented the largest number of soldiers Italy had lost since World War II. Cinecitta Luce in Italy will release the film.
The prize comes with Euros 40,000 in Kodak film in either 35mm or 16mm format.
James Cameron’s Avatar and the Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois directed How To Train Your Dragon have scooped up Venice’s Persol 3-D prize for the most creative 3D film of the yearl. The prize was instituted in 2009 and decided by a jury composed of director Takashi Shimizu, critic Jim Hoberman and Italian 3-D director David Zamagni.
The jury of the 67th Venice festival, headed by Quentin Tarantino will announce the main prizes Saturday, during the closing ceremony.