Tango Libre Wins Warsaw Grand Prix

    Tango Libre Wins Warsaw Grand Prix Tango Libre by Frédéric Fonteyne

    WARSAW: Tango Libre, a musical drama by Frédéric Fonteyne, won the international competition of the 28th Warsaw Film Festival (www.wff.pl) which finished on 21 October 2012.

    Tango Libre, a coproduction between France, Belgium and Luxembourg, was produced by Artemis Productions in coproduction with Samsa Film, Liaison Cinematographique, Nord-Ouest Films and Minds Meet.

    Poland’s Andrzej Jakimowski received the Best Director prize for his drama Imagine which explores the life of a blind man who helps other blind people gain independence in their own lives.  The film was produced by Zjednoczenie Artystow i Rzemieslnikow Sp. z o.o.(www.zair.eu), KMBO Production, and Filmes do Tejo in coproduction with Film and Music Entertainment, Canal + Cyfrowy (www.canalpluscyfrowy.pl) and WFDiF (www.wfdif).

    The Special Jury Award was given to Of Snails and Men directed by Tudor Giurgiu. The Romanian-French coproduction is the comedic story of a group of factory workers whose work place is to be transformed into a snail packaging establishment and their determination to not let it happen.
    The winner of Competition 1-2 for first and second films was Dear Betrayed Friends directed by Sára Cserhalmi and coproduced by the Romanian company Libra Film Productions (www.librafilm.net) and the French company Agat Film. The film portrays a story of a man who has to deal with the knowledge that his best friend was denouncing his every move for years. The Free Spirit Competition Jury awarded Mani Hahighi's Modest Reception, an Iranian drama about how money affects the limits of what is acceptable and ethical.

    The Best Documentary prize went to Fuck for Forest directed by Michał Marczak and produced by Pokromski Studio (www.pokromskistudio.pl) in coproduction with Kinomaton Berlin and Artur Liebhart Against Gravity (www.againstgravity.pl). The controversial film follows a group of environmental activists who produce and sell home-made erotic films to fund the rescue of forests.

    The Short Films Competition Grand Prix winner was Sergio Oksman’s A Story for the Modlins (www.dokfilms.es) about the life of Rosemary's Baby actor Elmer Modlin and his family. The FIPRESCI international film critics prize was awarded to The Daughter, a Russian crime drama about a serial killer directed by Alexander Kasatkin and Natalya Nazarova.

    Full list of winners:

    International Competition
    1. Warsaw Grand Prix: TANGO LIBRE, dir. Frédéric Fonteyne (France, Belgium, Luxembourg)
    2. Best Director: Andrzej Jakimowski for the film IMAGINE (Poland, UK, Portugal, France)
    3. Special Jury Award: OF SNAILS AND MEN, dir. Tudor Giurgiu (Romania, France)

    Competition 1-2
    Competition 1-2 Winner: DEAR BETRAYED FRIENDS, dir. Sára Cserhalmi (Hungary, Germany)
    Special Mention: THE WILD ONES / LOS SALVAJES, dir. Alejandro Fadel (Argentina)

    Free Spirit Competition
    MODEST RECEPTION, dir. Mani Haghighi (Iran)

    Documentary Features Competition
    Best Documentary: FUCK FOR FOREST, dir. Michał Marczak (Poland, Germany)
    Special Mention: THE WORLD BEFORE HER, dir. Nisha Pahuja (Canada)

    Short Films Competition
    1. Short Grand Prix: A STORY FOR THE MODLINS, dir. Sergio Oksman (Spain)
    2. Best Live Action Short: IT’S NOT A COWBOY MOVIE, dir. Benjamin Parent (France)
    3. Best Animated Short: NOODLE FISH, dir. Kim Jin man (Republic of Korea)

    FIPRESCI Award
    THE DAUGHTER, dir. Alexander Kasatkin, Natalya Nazarova (Rosja)

    Ecumenical Jury Award
    OPERATION E, dir. Miguel Courtois Paternina (Spain, France, Colombia)

    NETPAC Award
    KALAYAAN / WILDLIFE, dir. Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr. (Philippines)