Gentle gagne le Grand Prix à CinÉast 2022

Gentle gagne le Grand Prix à CinÉast 2022

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24/10/2022 - Le duo hongrois László Csuja-Anna Eszter Nemes a triomphé au festival luxembourgeois avec ce récit intime sur l’amour et l’émancipation

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The CinÉast Film Festival is based in Luxembourg and showcases a selection of the newest film productions from Central and Eastern Europe. Its 15th edition (6-23 October) came to an end at the weekend after 17 jam-packed days of screenings, concerts, panels and photography exhibitions. The common thread was the topic of “communities” – a topic that also inspired the festival's CinEast4Ukraine charity project, which ended with a special screening of Luxembourg, Luxembourg  by Ukrainian director Antonio Lukich. The comedy was also the opening film of this year's festival.

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Also, on the last day of the gathering, the awards ceremony took place in the presence of the international jury, which was chaired by Teona Strugar Mitevska (God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya  ) from North Macedonia. Her newest film, The Happiest Man in the World  , which tells the story of a 40-year-old single woman in Sarajevo and is the Macedonian entry for the Oscars, was shown after the ceremony. The other jury members were Luxembourgish actor Luc Schiltz (Hytte  , The Restless  ), Czech director Erika Hníková (Every Single Minute  ), Luxembourgish producer Marion Guth and Polish director Dawid Nickel (Love Tasting  ), whose film was part of last year's CinÉast and won the Young Talents Award for Documentary Film.

The jury decided on the two main prizewinners of the festival after a total of seven films took part in the competition. This year’s Grand Prix went to Gentle  by Hungarian directorial duo László Csuja and Anna Eszter Nemes. The drama tells a love story between two outsiders, both bodybuilders, who try desperately to stick together, even though their wishes and perspectives on life no longer match. In its statement, the jury said: “This is a film that challenges our notion of beauty and proposes another kind of beauty, and without judgement, you fall in love. Minimalistic and precise, its careful and efficient editing style keeps you on your toes, needing and wanting more.”

The Special Jury Prize went to the docu-fiction 107 Mothers  by Peter Kerekes, which he wrote together with Ivan Ostrochovský. The story, set in a real-life women’s prison in Odesa, tells of a young Ukrainian woman who gives birth to her son in jail and tries everything she can in order to keep custody of him. Last year, Kerekes' intimate drama won the Award for Best Screenplay in Venice’s Orizzonti and the Main Prize for Best Film at Cottbus. The jury in Luxembourg commented on its decision: “We want to point out the bravery of the dramaturgy, the story not being told in a linear way… There is a symbiosis between the claustrophobic cinematography, the ambience, the form and the script.”

From among the same selection of seven films, the press jury chose the Ukrainian effort How Is Katia?  by Christina Tynkevych as the winner of the Critics’ Prize. The jury was composed of three members – namely, Valerio Caruso (Cineuropa), Geoff Thompson (Chronicle.lu) and Nora Schloesser (Luxemburger Wort). Anna is the protagonist of this drama about a young, single mother played by Anastsia Karpenko, who won an award for her performance at this year's Locarno International Film Festival. The jury explained its choice as follows: “This is certainly not a sentimental choice, as the film explores numerous themes, not least of which is civil corruption. The movie examines the relationships within the family as well as outwardly involving other actors and keeps the audience tense throughout.”

Once again this year, the gathering invited a special jury of young people along, who also voted for their favourite film of the festival. Their prize, the Young Talents Award for a filmmaker from the new generation, went to The Uncle  by David Kapac and Andrija Mardešić. Finally, the Audience Award for Best Feature was handed to the coming-of-age drama Sonata  by Polish director Bartosz Blaschke.

Even though the physical event has come to an end, many of the films in the festival’s selection will still be available online, accessible only in Luxembourg, on the CinEast Online Cinema platform until 6 November.

Here is the complete list of award winners at the 15th edition of CinÉast:

Grand Prix 

Gentle  – László Csuja and Anna Eszter Nemes (Hungary/Germany)

Special Jury Prize

107 Mothers  – Peter Kerekes (Slovakia/Czech Republic/Ukraine)

Critics' Prize

How Is Katia?  – Christina Tynkevych (Ukraine)

Young Talents Award Documentary Film

The Uncle  - David Kapac and Andrija Mardešić (Croatia/Serbia)

Audience Award – Best Feature

Sonata  – Bartosz Blaschke (Poland)

Audience Award – Best Short Film – Fiction

Branka - Ákos K Kovács (Hungary)

Audience Award – Best Short Film – DocumentaryAttention All Passengers - Marek Moučka (Slovakia)

Audience Award – Best Short Film – Animation 

This Will Not Be a Festival Film - Julia Orlik (Poland)

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