VILNIUS: The Last Family, the debut feature by Jan P. Matuszyński, won Best Film in the New Europe – New Names Competition of the 22nd Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris, which wrapped on 6 April 2017.
The biggest film festival in Lithuania organised the traditional New Europe – New Names competition with 11 films and the Baltic Gaze Competition with 10 films, as well as the Short Films Competition with 31 films and the new Student Film Competition with six films.
This year, Kino Pavasaris screened 130 feature films and 70 short films from all over the world with a special focus on Baltic countries and Central Europe. The festival also hosted Meeting Point Vilnius, the film industry networking event designed to promote the Baltic film industry.
The 22nd Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris took place from March 23 to 6 April 2017 and had an attenadance of more than 100,000 people at the screenings, which took place in the five largest Lithuanian cities.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
New Europe – New Names Competition Winners
Best Film:The Last Family / Ostatnia rodzina (Poland)Directed by Jan P. MatuszyńskiProduced by Aurum Film Supported by the Polish Film Institute
Best Director: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov for Glory / Slava (Bulgaria, Greece)Produced by Abraxas Coproduced by Graal Film, Screening Emotions, Aporia Filmworks, Red Carpet Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center, Greek Film Centre
Best Actress: Mia Petričević for Quit Staring at My Plate / Ne gledaj mi u pijat (Croatia, Denmark)Directed by Hana JušićProduced by Kinorama Coproduced by Beofilm Supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Eurimages and HRT
Best Actor: Marius Repšys for The Saint / Šventasis (Lithuania, Poland)Directed by Andrius BlaževičiusProduced by M-films in coproduction with No Sugar Films
The CICAE Award: Glory / Slava (Bulgaria, Greece)Directed by Kristina Grozeva, Petar ValchanovProduced by Abraxas Coproduced by Graal Film, Screening Emotions, Aporia Filmworks, Red Carpet Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center, Greek Film Centre
Baltic Gaze Competition Winners
Best Film: Woman and the Glacier / Moteris ir ledynas (Lithuania) DocumentaryDirected by Audrius Stonys
Best Director: Sergei Loznica for Austerlitz (Germany) Documentary
Best Actress: Lene Cecilia Sparrok for Sami Blood (Sweden, Denmark, Norway)Directed by Amanda Kernell
Best Actor: Petr Skvortsov for The Student (Russia)Directed by Kirill Serebrennikov
Short Film Competition Winners and Audience Awards
Best Film: Close Ties (Poland)Directed by Zofia Kowalewska
Special Mention: Half A Man (Croatia, France)Directed by Kristina Kumrić
Audience Award for Lithuanian Film:Woman and the Glacier / Moteris ir ledynas (Lithuania)Directed by Audrius Stonys
Audience Award:Perfect Strangers (Italy)Directed by Paolo Genovese
Best Short Film voted by the festivalgoers: Running Lights / Kaukai (Lithuania, India, Finland)Directed by Gediminas Šiaulys
Student Film Award:Vegetation Walk / Pasivaikščiojimas augalų pasaulyje (Lithuania, Switzerland, Luxembourg)Directed by Anouk Chambaz, Julija Paškevičiūtė