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FESTIVALS: Chronicles of Melanie Wins Lielais Kristaps Fest Featured

2017-11-16
Chronicles of Melanie by Viesturs Kairišs Chronicles of Melanie by Viesturs Kairišs

RIGA: Latvian/Czech/Finnish coproduction Chronicles of Melanie directed by Viesturs Kairišs won the Best Feature Film award at the Latvian national film festival Lielais Kristaps, which concluded on 14 November 2017.

The awards, presented for the 29th time, also gave seven awards to the film, which is also Latvia’s candidate for an Oscar nomination. Kairišs received the Best Director award, Gints Berzins won Best DoP and Sabine Timoteo won the Best Actress award.

Chronicles of Melanie was domestically released in Latvia on 1 November 2016 and became the most popular film in 2016 with more than 75,000 admissions.

The most awarded production company at the ceremony was VFS Films with seven prizes.

FULL LIST OF WINNERS:

Best Feature Film:
Chronicles of Melanie (Latvia, Finland, Czech Republic)
Directed by Viesturs Kairišs
Produced by Mistrus Media
Supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia, the Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, Eurimages, Council of Europe, the State Cinematography Fund of Czech Republic and the Finnish Film Foundation

Best Long Documentary:
Liberation Day (Latvia, Norway, Slovenia)
Directors by Uģis Olte, Morten Traavik
Produced by VFS Films, STARAGARA, Traavik.Info, Mute Records, Norsk Fjernsyn
Supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia, the Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, Arts Council Norway

Best Short Documentary:
Lidia (Latvia)
Directed by Andrejs Verhoustinskis
Produced by VFS Films
Supported by the Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia

Best Long Animated Film:
Pigtail and Mr Sleepnesness (Latvia)
Directed by Edmunds Jansons
Produced by Atom Art
Supported by Supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia, the Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia

Best New Director Award:
Father of My Grandfather / Vectēva tēvs (Latvia)
Directed by Kārlis Lesiņš
Produced by Woodpecker Pictures
Supported by the Latvian Television, the National Film Centre of Latvia, the Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia

Best Minority Coproduction:
Pretenders (Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia)
Directed by Vallo Toomla
Produced by Amrion, Locomotive Productions
Supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the Lithuanian Film Center, the National Film Centre of Latvia, Creative Europe, the Estonian Film Institute

Best Student Film:
Seven Awkward Sex Scenes. Part One (Latvia)
Directed by Liene Linde
Produced by the Latvian Academy of Culture

Best Scriptwriter:
Lote Eglīte for Pigtail and Mr Sleepnesness

Best Director:
Viesturs Kairišs for Chronicles of Melanie

Best Fiction Film Cinematographer:
Gints Bērziņš for Chronicles of Melanie

Best Actress:
Sabine Timoteo for Chronicles of Melanie

Best Actor:
Kaspars Znotiņš for Firstborn
Directed by Aiks Karapetjans
Produced by Locomotive Productions
Supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia

Best Supporting Actress:
Vizma Kalme for Grandpa Is More Dangerous than the Computer
Directed by Varis Brasla
Produced by Studio F.O.R.M.A.
Supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia

Best Supporting Actor:
Uldis Dumpis for Grandpa Is More Dangerous than the Computer

Best Documentary Director:
Krista Burāne for Fairytale about an Empty Space
Produced by VFS Films
Supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia

Best Director of an Animated Film:
Edmunds Jansons for Pigtail and Mr Sleepnesness

Best Composer:
Andris Dzenītis for Pirmdzimtais
Produced by Locomotive Productions
Supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia

Best Sound Designer:
Ernests Ansons, Artis Dukaļskis for Liberation Day

Best Documentary Cinematographer:
Valdis Celmiņš for Fairytale about an Empty Space and Liberation Day

Best make-up Artist:
Maija Gundare for Firstborn

Best Design:
Ieva Jurjāne for Chronicles of Melanie

Best Costume Design:
Ieva Jurjāne for Chronicles of Melanie

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