BATUMI: A Gentle Creature directed by Sergei Loznitsa was awarded Grand Prix at the 12th edition of the Batumi International Arthouse Film Festival, which took place from 17 to 24 September 2017.
Taste of Cement by Ziad Kalthoum, a coproduction between Germany, Lebanon, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Qatar, won the documentary international competition, while the Chinese film Gentle Night, directed by Qiu Yang, was awarded best short film.
Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Gia Kancheili and Vakhtang Kikabidze received BIAFF Lifetime Achievement Awards for Contribution to World Cinema.
The Batumi International Arthouse Film Festival is organised by Batumi Art house ARGANI.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Feature Film Competition:
Grand Prix: A Gentle Creature / Krotkaya (France, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, Latvia) Directed by Sergei Loznitsa Produced by Slot Machine Coproduced by ARTE France Cinéma, Graniet Film BV, LOOKS Film & TV Produktionen,Solar Media Entertainment, Studio Uljana Kim, Wild at Heart, Film Angels Supported by the National Film Center of Latvia, the The Riga Film Fund, the Lithuanian Film Centre
Best Director: Yesim Ustaoglu for Claire Obscure (Turkey, Germany, Poland, France) Directed by Yeşim Ustaoğlu Produced by Ustaoglu Production, unafilm, Aeroplan, Slot Machine
Best Actress: Ezem Ucun for Claire ObscureDirected by Yeşim Ustaoğlu Yesim Ustaoglu
Best Actor: Merab Ninidze for Jupiter’s Moon (Hungary, Germany) Directed by Kornél Mundruczó
for the acting Ensemble in Party (UK) Directed by Sally Potter
and also for Dede (Georgia, UK) Directed by Mariam Khatchvani Produced by 20 Steps Coproduced by Film and Music Entertainment, MP Film Production, Montauk Film Production, and JaJa Film Productions. Supported by the Doha Film Institute and the Georgian National Film Centre
Best Documentary: Taste of Cement (Germany, Lebanon, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Qatar)Directed by Ziad Kalthoum
City of Sun (Georgia, USA, Qatar, Netherlands)Directed by Rati Oneli
Liberation Day (Norway, Latvia)Directed by Uģis Olte, Morten Traavik
Short Film Competition:
Best Short Film: Gentle Night (China)Directed by Qiu Yang
Jury Special Mentions:
Ana (Georgia)Directed by Margo Zubashvili
Three Steps (Georgia)Directed by Soso Bliadze, Georgia, 2017
Valparaiso (Italy)Directed by Carlo Sironi
BIAFF Lifetime Achievement Awards for Contribution to World Cinema:Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Iran/UK)Gia Kancheili (Georgia)Vakhtang Kikabidze (Georgia)