The winners of the 35th FILMFEST MÜNCHEN
- Andrey Zvyagintsev first director to win ARRI/Osram Award twice
- CineVision Award for "The Nothing Factory" by Pedro Pinho
- FIPRESCI Jury honors "Ugly & Blind", One Future Prize for "Pure Hearts"
- Audience Awards go to "Still Young" and "Revolting Rhymes"
The 35th International FILMFEST MÜNCHEN ended on Saturday, July 1 with a gala award ceremony at which British star Bill Nighy presented the German premiere of "Their Finest" to the Munich audience.
The festival's top honor, the ARRI/Osram Award for best international film, went to "Loveless" by Andrey Zvyagintsev. It is the second time Zvyagintsev has won this award in Munich, after Golden Globe winner "Leviathan" won the ARRI/Osram Award 2014. The Russian director tells the story of Boris and Zhenya, who are going through a hideous divorce full of cruelty and recrimination when their son Alyosha suddenly disappears. "Loveless" previously won the Jury Prize at Cannes. The film "is the intense tale of a child's tragic disappearance in a family seemingly devoid of love, told without any excess pathos," the Jury declared. Zvyagintsev "crafts a tale of a society controlled from the outside, in which each individual is preoccupied with him- or herself. Love and empathy are absent yet omnipresent in this masterfully executed film."
This year's ARRI/Osram Award Jury consisted of director Valeska Grisebach ("Western"), producer Markus Zimmer (Concorde Film) and actress Nastassja Kinski. Twelve films by internationally renowned directors screened at Munich in the CineMasters Competition sidebar and competed for the ARRI/Osram Award, which carries a purse of industry goods and services valued at €50,000. Producers Alexander Rodnyansky and Serguey Melkumov accepted the award on stage. A special mention went to Belgian film "Home" directed by Fien Troch, and produced by Antonino Lombardo.
The CineVision Award for best international newcomer film went to "The Nothing Factory" by Pedro Pinho about a group of factory workers who figure out their employer is stealing his own equipment, intending to outsource production. So the employees resolve to fight back in a very creative way. The jury called the Portuguese film "a moving drama, a quirky musical, a precise documentary, a challenging essay film - buy 4 for 1 with this outstanding film about life in the times of turbo-capitalism with Pedro Pinho's THE NOTHING FACTORY. In terms of content and aesthetics, the film uses its three-hour running time wisely and in a highly complex way. The film tells the story of a group of Portuguese factory workers who are losing their jobs but don't give in. The story is told, played, and filmed with empathy, but without ever asking for cheap pity - it rather makes you think for yourself since it doesn't give easy answers. "The Nothing Factory" is an energizing and highly entertaining expression of agitprop for the 21st Century."
The CineVision Award carries a purse of €12,000 and is donated by rights society MPLC. Twelve first and second films by international directors who blaze new trails with their films compete in the CineVision sidebar. This year's jury consisted of the founder of the Women Film Group Hyosook Hong, producer and GM of Razor Film Roman Paul, and writer, filmmaker and coach Sonja Heiss. The award was accepted by Tiago Hespanha, AD and screenwriter on "The Nothing Factory". A special mention went to "Los Perros" directed by Marcela Said.
Munich's FIPRESCI Prize 2017 went to "Ugly & Blind" directed by Tom Lass. The jury of the international critics' federation awarded their prize, which carries no purse, to the third film by the young Berlin Mumblecore auteur Lass, who co-wrote, co-produced, directed and acted the male lead: "The jury applauds the balance between drama, comedy and romance, and the great casting."
One Future Prize
The One Future Prize awarded by the Lutheran Interfilm Academy went to "Pure Hearts" by Italian filmmaker Roberto de Paolis. The jury explained their decision: "Roberto de Paolis' multi-faceted debut film gives us an intelligent and moving look at the social problems of modern-day Italy. What at first seems to be a love story between two young people from very different backgrounds turns into a story of the modern refugee crisis."
The festival's Audience Award presented by Bayern 2 and Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper went to "Still Young" directed by David Schlichter and "Killerpilze" drummer Fabian Halbig.
The Kinderfilmfest Audience Award went to "Revolting Rhymes" based on Roald Dahl, directed by Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer and Bin-Han To, a BBC and ZDF production.