The Reykjavík International Film Festival had its closing ceremony last night, although today is the last day of the festival. The award ceremony took place in Harpa Music Hall. Here are the winners:
Golden Puffin. Awarded to a film from the section New Visions:
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Dir. Benh Zeitlin, USA, 2012
“For its spirit of storytelling, visual inventiveness and creative audacity, which marks Benh Zeitlin as a leading figure for the next generation of independent film artists. We would also like to award a special mention to a film whose simple pleasures do, by its wit and craft, capture the imagination of young and old alike: Moon Man, directed by Stephan Schesch.”
On the jury: Geoffrey Gilmore, Cedomir Kolar and Erna Kettler.
FIPRESCI Critics’ Award. Awarded to a film from the section New Visions.
Starlet, Dir. Sean Baker. USA, 2012
On the jury: Carmen Gray, Christian Monggaard Christensen and Wieslaw Godzic.
The Church of Iceland Award. Awarded to a film from the section New Visions.
God’s Neighbours (Ha-Masgihim), Dir. Meni Yaesh, Israel/France, 2012
“God’s Neighbors is a memorable exploration of the relation between religion and justice, violence and love. It gives insight to contemporary religious practices of orthodox Jews. It illustrates the joy of faith in juxtaposition with violence that is done in the name of faith. God’s Neighbors approaches sensitive topics with nuance and respect. The film contributes to increased understanding of religion in daily life as well as religion in conflict. It, furthermore, reminds us of the contribution of the individual and of the co-operation of men and women. It takes a firm stand against violence in the name of religion and shows a way out of conflict.”
A special mention goes to the film Moon Man, directed by Stephan Schesch: “Moon Man is a beautiful parable that shows friendship and co-operation as the opposites of greed and power-plays.”
On the jury: Rev. Árni Svanur Daníelsson, Grétar Halldór Gunnarsson and Rev. María Ágústsdóttir.
Audience Award. Online vote in co-operation with mbl.is.
Queen of Montreuil, Dir. Sólveig Anspach, France, 2012
Environment Award. Awarded to a film in the section A Different Tomorrow
¡Vivan las Antipodas!, Dir. Viktor Kossakovsky, Germany, Argentina, Netherlands, Chile, 2011
“In Vivan las Antipodas!, Victor Kossakovsky has managed to create a film that is original and at the same time classic. Furthermore, the film portrays the directors sensitive eye for poetry and beauty. ¡Vivan las Antipodas! is a subtle yet sublime film where the beauty of our world flows gently before the audiences’ eyes, under an original and interesting choice of music. Unusual use of camera is in perfect harmony with the inspiration: “Through the looking glass.””
On the jury: Árni Finsson, Helena Stefánsdóttir og Tinna Ottesen.
Best Icelandic Short. Awarded to a short in the section Icelandic Panorama.
Sailcloth, Dir. Elfar Aðalsteins, Iceland/UK, 2011.
“The subject of the movie, the directing and production are practically flawless. Sailcloth, a film without any dialogue, accomplishes to transmit humor, sorrow, joy and magic with pure visuals.”
Special mentions go to:
A day or two (Einn dag eða tvo), by Hlynur Pálmason
“The director accomplishes to create an atmosphere that is uncomfortable and vulnerable, where the audience, like the child in the movie, are helpless pawns in violent circumstances.”
Love Story (Ástarsaga), by Ása Hjörleifsdóttir
“Well produced and interesting contemporary story about the uncertainties of love. The story evolves without effort. Great performance by the lead actress.”
Memory Lane (Yfir horfinn veg), by Andri Freyr Ríkarðsson
“A sincere and beautiful story about the friendship of a cab driver and an older lady, a simple story with charming main characters.”
Child Eater (Barnahákur)
“A first class, refreshing horror film that got the audience jumping and screaming in their seats, well done!”
On the jury: Dögg Mósesdóttir, Ísleifur Þórhallsson and Sæmundur Norðfjörð.
Golden Egg. Awarded to a participant in RIFF’s Talent Lab.
On this Island, Dir. Matthew Hammett Knott, England 2012
“On this Island is witty, simple and very well made. The story itself is a great approach to the complicated situation we are all living in today.”
On the jury: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir and Örn Marinó Arnarson.