FESTIVALS: Georgian Bloom Wins Record Setting goEast


    WISEBADEN: In Bloom, a Georgian/German/French coproduction directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, won the 10,000 EUR Best Film prize at 13th edition of goEast (10-16 April 2013), which attracted a record audience of over 10,000 visitors.

    In Bloom was produced by Ekvtimishvili’s Georgian company Polare Film (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

    "We are pleased to once again see an increase in the number of visitors. The diversity of the programme was a huge hit with the audience and the visitors from the film branch, as was the lively and very positive atmosphere," said festival director Gaby Babić. 

    Russian director Lyubov Arkus received the 10,000 EUR Documentary Award for Anton’s Right Here. The Award of the City of Wiesbaden for Best Director (7,500 EUR) went to Serbian director Srđan Golubović for Circles. The Award of the Federal ForeignAOffice “for artistic originality which creates cultural diversity” (4,000 EUR) and the FIPRESCI prize went to Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari (Russia 2012) by Aleksey Fedorchenko. Betrayal (Russia) directed by Kirill Serebrennikov and the Romanian actor Dan Chiorean from Rocker received honourable mentions.

    The Robert Bosch Stiftung Film Prize for International Cooperation in the category of animated film went to the Georgian-German animated film project Geno by director Dato Kiknavelidze and producer Anne Kathrin Lewerenz. The winner in the category documentary was the Georgian-German project The Station by director Salomé Jashi and producer Urte Fink. The award for short fiction film went to the Bosnian-German-Croatian co-production The Chicken by director Una Gunjak, producer Jelena Goldbach and co-producer Ivana Simić. 

    The Best Short Film from a non-German film school, endowed with 1,500 euros, went to Szornycsapda/Monster Catch (Hungary) by Ágota Végső.