FESTIVALS: Anna Hints and Marija Kavtaradze Receive Directing Awards at Sundance Film Festival 2023

    Smoke Sauna Sisterhood by Anna Hints Smoke Sauna Sisterhood by Anna Hints credit: Alexandra Film

    WARSAW: Estonian director Anna Hints was presented with the Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary for Smoke Sauna Sisterhood, while Lithuanian director Marija Kavtaradze received the Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic for Slow at the Sundance Film Festival, which wrapped 29 January 2023.

    Smoke Sauna Sisterhood is the first long documentary by Anna Hints and it looks at womanhood through the rituals of the smoke sauna. It was produced by Estonia’s Alexandra Film in Slow by Marija Kavtaradze, credit: M-Filmscoproduction with French Kepler 22 Productions and Ursus Parvus (Iceland), and it has been acquired by Autlook Filmsales.

    Marija Kavtaradze’s sophomore feature Slow is a love story between a sign language interpreter and a dancer. The film was produced by Lithuania's M-Films in coproduction with Spanish Frida Films and Swedish Garagefilms. The French outfit Totem Films is handling the sales.

    The Romanian/German filmmaker Alexander Nanau was a member of the jury for the World Cinema Documentary Competition.