Montreal World Film Festival 2010 Wrap-Up

This year's Montreal World Film festival featured over 400 films from around the globe and the public had a chance to get a glimpse of celebrities such as Gerard Depardieu, who gave a Master class this past weekend. Personally, I enjoyed the festival and found that there was a good variety of films that one does not normally get to see at the regular theaters. Looking forward to next year's lineup. In the meantime, here is a list of the winners for this year's festival.

AWARDS OF THE WORLD FILM FESTIVAL – MONTRÉAL 2010

JURY
President : BILLE AUGUST, director (Denmark)
IRENE BIGNARDI, journalist and festivals director (Italy)
ANNE-MARIE CADIEUX, actress (Canada)
MARWAN HAMED, director (Egypt)
IGOR MINAEV, director (Ukraine-France)
EDOUARD MOLINARO, director (France)
LIJUNG TANG, festivals director (China)

FEATURE FILMS

Grand prix des Americas:
OXYGEN (ADEM) by Hans Van Nuffel (Belgium/Netherlands)

Special Grand Prix of the jury :
DALLA VITA IN POI (FROM THE WAIST ON) by Gianfrancesco Lazotti (Italy)

Best Director ex-aequo:
LIMBO by Maria Sødahl (Norway/Sweden/Denmark/Trinidad and Tobago)
TÊTE DE TURC by Pascal Elbé (France)

Best Actress :
ERI FUKATSU for the film AKUNIN (VILLAIN) by Lee Sang-Il (Japan)

Best Actor :
FRANÇOIS PAPINEAU for the film ROUTE 132 by Louis Bélanger (Canada)

Best Screenplay:
DE LA INFANCIA (FROM CHILDHOOD) by Carlos Carrera, screenplay by Silvia Pasternac, Fernando Leon, Carlos Carrera (Mexico)

Best Artistic Contribution :
VENICE (WENECJA) by Jan Jakub Kolski (Poland)

Innovation Award:
TROMPER LE SILENCE (SILENCE LIES) by Julie Hivon (Canada)

SHORT FILMS :
1st prize :
EL VENDEDOR DEL AÑO (SALESMAN OF THE YEAR) by Coté Soler (Spain)

Jury Award:
SEXTING by Neil Labute (U.S.A.)

ZENITHS FOR THE BEST FIRST FICTION FEATURE FILMS 2010

Members of the jury of the First Fiction Films :
Christian Gaines (U.S.A.)
Marie-Catherine Marchetti (France)
Ivan Trujillo (Mexico)

Golden Zenith for the Best First Fiction Feature films :
AMORE LIQUIDO (LIQUID LOVE) by Mario Luca Cattaneo (Italie)

Silver Zenith for the First Fiction Feature Film :
REVERSE MOTION by Andrey Stempkovsky (Russie)

Bronze Zenith for the First Fiction Feature Film :
LE SENTIMENT DE LA CHAIR (THE SENTIMENT OF THE FLESH) by Roberto Garzelli (France)

Special mention of the First Feature Film Jury:
EUROPOLIS de Cornel Gheorghita (Roumanie-France)

PUBLIC AWARDS

The public was invited to vote for the most popular films in different categories of films presented during the 2010 Montreal World Film Festival.

Public Awards for the most popular film of the Festival:
PARAJOS DE PAPEL (PAPER BIRDS) by Emilio Aragon (Spain)
THE DAY I WAS NOT BORN (DAS LIED IN MIR) by Florian Cossen (Germany)

Cinemathèque québécoise Public Award for the most popular Canadian Feature Film:
TROMPER LE SILENCE (SILENCE LIES) by Julie Hivon (Canada)

Glauber Rocha Award for the Best Latin American Film :
DE LA INFANCIA (FROM CHILDHOOD) by Carlos Carrera (Mexico)

Award for Best documentary :
CHE, UN HOMBRE NUEVO (CHE. A NEW MAN) by Tristan Bauer (Argentina/Cuba/Spain)

Award for Best Canadian Short Film :
LE CIRQUE / THE CIRCUS by Nicolas Brault (Canada)

FIPRESCI PRIZE (INTERNATIONAL FILM CRITICS)
THE DAY I WAS NOT BORN (DAS LIED IN MIR) by Florian Cossen (Germany)

ECUMENICAL PRIZES
OXYGEN (ADEM) by Hans Van Nuffel (Belgium/Netherlands)
Special mention of the Ecumenical jury :
THE DAY I WAS NOT BORN (DAS LIED IN MIR) by Florain Cossen (Germany)

OTHER AWARDS
Special Awards for their exceptional contribution to the cinematographic art :
NATHALIE BAYE (France)
STEFANIA SANDRELLI (Italy)

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