MOSCOW: The 38th edition of the Moscow International Film Festival held from 23-30 June awarded its top prize, the Golden St George, to the Iranian film Daughter directed by Reza Mirkarimi. It was the second win in Moscow for Mirkarimi who won the MIFF Grand Prix in 2008 for his film As Simple As That. Both films are family dramas about family values set in Iran.
The special prize of the jury chaired by the Bulgarian film director Ivaylo Hristov went to the Bulgarian Radoslav Spasov for the film The Singing Shoes recounting the life story of the Socialist-era Bulgarian pop singer Lea Ivanova who was exposed after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the publication of classified documents as an eavesdropper to security services.
Despite budget cuts and the disappearance of the annual Moscow Business Square from the agenda of festival events the festival fielded a huge programme and welcomed special guests Carlos Saura and Stephen Frears.
Grand Prix for Best FilmDokhtar / The Daughter (Iran)Directed by Reza Mirkarimi
Special Jury PrizePeeshtite obuvki / The Singing Shoes (Bulgaria)Directed by Radoslav SpassovProduced by Menclips Ltd.Supported by Bulgarian National Film Centre
Silver St George for Best DirectorPuk Grasten for 37 (Denmark, USA)
Best ActorFarhad Aslani for his role in Daughter (Iran)Directed by Reza Mirkarimi
Best ActressTeresa Malvar for her role in Hamog/Haze (Philippines)Directed by Ralston Jover
Silver St George for Best Debut37 (Denmark, USA)Directed by Puk Grasten
Best DocumentaryMrs B A North Korean Woman (South Korea)Directed by Jero Yun
Best Short FilmSelfied (USA)Directed by Nicole Brending
Special Prizes for Outstanding Contribution to the World of CinemaSergei Solovyov (Russia)Carlos Saura (Spain)Stephen Frears (UK)
Special Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Acting and Devotion to the Principles of the Stanislavsky SchoolMarina Neyolova (Russia)
FIPRESCI Award for Best FilmChoe-ag-ui Yeo-ja / Worst Woman (South Korea)Directed by Kim Jongkwan
Russian Film Critics Award37 (Denmark, USA)Directed by Puk Grasten