FESTIVALS: Balagov's Beanpole Wins at Ljubljana IFF 2019

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LJUBLJANA: Beanpole, an intimate Russian drama about a close friendship between two young women trying to piece together the fragments of their lives in the aftermath of war, won Best Film at the 30th Ljubljana IFF, which ended on 24 November 2019.

The festival screened 96 feature films and 25 short films representing 54 countries in Ljubljana and satellite locations in the cities of Maribor, Celje and Novo Mesto, with attendance around 46,000 and 53 sold-out screenings (among 282 altogether). 

LIFFe also celebrated its one-millionth visitor in the festival’s 30-year history this year.

The complete list of winners follows:

Kingfisher Award for Best Film: Beanpole / Dilda (Russia)
Directed by Kantemir Balagov

Special Mention 1: Angelo (Austria, Luxembourg)
Directed by Markus Schleinzer

Special Mention 2: Lara (Germany)
Directed by Jan-Ole Gerster

FIPRESCI Prize: Monos (Columbia, Argentina, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany)
Directed by Alejandro Landes 

Best Short Film: Last Year When the Train Passed by / L'An dernier quand le train passait (France)
Directed by Pang-Chuan Huang

Special Mention: The Christmas Gift / Cadoul de Craciun (Romania, Spain)
Directed by Bogdan Muresanu
Produced by Bogdan Mureşanu, Vistor Dumitrovici & Eduardo M Escribano Solera

Audience Dragon Award: Every Day a Good Day / Nichinichi Kore Kojitsu (Japan)
Directed by Tatsushi Ohmori

Kinotrip Young Jury Award: Sorry We Missed You (UK, France, Belgium)
Directed by Ken Loach

Art Cinema Network of Slovenia Award: Ema (Chile)
Directed by Pablo Larrain