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FNE at MIFF 2016: Moscow Film Festival Prize Winners

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The Singing Shoes by Radoslav Spassov The Singing Shoes by Radoslav Spassov

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.

Prize Winners:

Main Competition

Grand Prix for Best Film
Dokhtar / The Daughter (Iran)
Directed by Reza Mirkarimi

Special Jury Prize
Peeshtite obuvki / The Singing Shoes (Bulgaria)
Directed by Radoslav Spassov
Produced by Menclips Ltd.
Supported by Bulgarian National Film Centre

Silver St George for Best Director
Puk Grasten for 37 (Denmark, USA)

Best Actor
Farhad Aslani for his role in Daughter (Iran)
Directed by Reza Mirkarimi

Best Actress
Teresa Malvar for her role in Hamog/Haze (Philippines)
Directed by Ralston Jover

Silver St George for Best Debut
37 (Denmark, USA)
Directed by Puk Grasten

Best Documentary
Mrs B A North Korean Woman (South Korea)
Directed by Jero Yun

Best Short Film
Selfied (USA)
Directed by Nicole Brending

Special Prizes for Outstanding Contribution to the World of Cinema
Sergei Solovyov (Russia)
Carlos Saura (Spain)
Stephen Frears (UK)

Special Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Acting and Devotion to the Principles of the Stanislavsky School
Marina Neyolova (Russia)

FIPRESCI Award for Best Film
Choe-ag-ui Yeo-ja / Worst Woman (South Korea)
Directed by Kim Jongkwan

Russian Film Critics Award
37 (Denmark, USA)
Directed by Puk Grasten