PIESTANY: Celebrated Danish indie director Thomas Vinterberg has taken home the top prize at Slovakia's 8th annual Cinematik fest (http://www.cinematik.sk) for his portrait of public shaming, The Hunt (Hon, www.zentropa.dk/). The film, which stars Mads Mikkelson as a teacher falsely accused of child molesting, won him best actor at Cannes before it scored the Meeting Point Europe Award at Cinematik, winning over a jury of 17 European critics, along with the Meeting Point Europe audience prize.
Another story investigating whether justice has prevailed, The Cervanová Case (Kausa Cervanová, www.ceskatelevize.cz/) won director Robert Kirchhoff the best Slovak docu prize for his eight-year investigation into the dubious convictions of seven young men in a 40-year-old case of rape and murder that became a political cause in pre-1989 Czechoslovakia.
Cinematik, running 6-12 September, screened dozens of international features and docus, culminating in the prize for Kirchhoff, awarded by a jury composed of Reinhard Bradatsch, Pamela Pianezza, Tristan Priimägi, Petr Siska and Daniel Vadocký.
Slovak documentary New Life (Novy zivot, www.artileria.sk/en/) won the mayor of Piestany prize for director Adam Oľha, who focused his story, which also won the audience prize in Jihlava (www.dokument-festival.com/), on discerning the impact on a family of a father's sudden departure.
Still Waters by Nir Sa´ar and Maya Sarfaty (http://www.brillinium.com), a short feature about an Israeli couple who has to share a spring with Palestinians, took the Eye on Films audience award at the fest, which also featured a retrospective of the work of British director Ben Wheatley and a screening of Bulgaria's The Last Black Sea Pirates (http://www.agitprop.bg) , a tale of rapacious developers, following the final prize gala.
Cinematik festival prize winners:
Meeting Point Europe award - The Hunt, Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark)
Meeting Point Europe audience award - The Hunt, Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark)
Cinematik.doc Award - Kauza Cervanová, Robert Kirchhoff (Slovakia, www.ceskatelevize.cz/)
Mayor of Piestany prize - New Life, Adam Oľha (Slovakia, www.artileria.sk/en/)
Eye on Films audience award - Still Waters, Nir Sa´ar and Maya Sarfaty (Israel, http://www.brillinium.com)