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BRIFF 2018 Awards

The Wild Boys scoops BRIFF’s European Competition Grand Prix

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- Bertrand Mandico’s Venice-premiered film has been rewarded at the very first edition of the Brussels International Film Festival

The Wild Boys scoops BRIFF’s European Competition Grand Prix
The Wild Boys by Bertrand Mandico

The first edition of the Brussels International Film Festival drew to a close on Saturday 30 June by unveiling its list of winners. The Grand Prix in the European Competition was bestowed upon the feature debut by French director Bertrand MandicoThe Wild Boys [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Bertrand Mandico
film profile
]
, while the Grand Prix in the International Competition ended up going to the Iranian flick No Date No Signature by Vahid Jalilvand, and So Help Me God [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jean Libon and Yves Hinant
film profile
]
 by Jean Libon and Yves Hinant came out on top in the National Competition.

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The Wild Boys, a coming-of-age tale depicting the fantastic and epic odyssey undertaken by five young boys who are the subjects of a mysterious trial and subsequently transform into girls, has enjoyed a string of festival appearances since being selected at Venice, before its inclusion in the European Competition programme at the BRIFF. Meanwhile, the Jury Prize in this competition was given to The Return [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by Malene Choi Jensen, which is about the quest of two young people of Korean heritage who are Danish by adoption, as they travel to their country of birth in search of their identity. A Special Mention was also bestowed upon the French film Shéhérazade [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by Jean-Bernard Marlin.

In the International Competition, although the Grand Prix was picked up by Iran’s No Date No Signature, the Jury Prize was handed to Italy’s Manuel [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, another movie revealed at Venice and the feature-length fiction debut by documentarian Dario Albertini. For its part, the audience chose to single out the Bulgarian film Directions [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Stephan Komandarev
film profile
]
 by Stephan Komandarev.

The National Competition put Belgian documentaries firmly centre stage, as the Grand Prix was given to So Help Me God by Yves Hinant and Jean Libon, the big-screen offshoot of the cult show Strip Tease, which follows the colourful daily life of examining magistrate Anne Gruwez, while a Special Mention went to Ceres [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 by Janet Van den Brand, and the Audience Award ended up going to Holy Tour by Méryl Fortunat-Rossi and Valéry Rosier.

Lastly, we should note that the Danish movie The Guilty [+see also:
film review
interview: Gustav Möller
film profile
]
 by Gustav Möller took home the RTBF and BeTV Awards.

Here is the complete list of winners:

International Competition

Grand Prix
No Date No Signature - Vahid Jalilvand (Iran)

Jury Prize
Manuel [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Dario Albertini (Italy)

Audience Award 
Directions [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Stephan Komandarev
film profile
]
 - Stephan Komandarev (Bulgaria/Germany/Macedonia)

European Competition

Grand Prix
The Wild Boys [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Bertrand Mandico
film profile
]
- Bertrand Mandico (France)

Jury Prize
The Return [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Malene Choi Jensen (Denmark/South Korea)

Special Mention
Shéhérazade [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Jean-Bernard Marlin (France)

National Competition

Grand Prix
So Help Me God [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jean Libon and Yves Hinant
film profile
]
 - Yves Hinant, Jean Libon (Belgium/France)

Special Mention 
Ceres [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 - Janet Van den Brand (Belgium/Netherlands)

Audience Award 
Holy Tour - Méryl Fortunat-Rossi, Valéry Rosier (Belgium/France)

Other awards

RTBF Award
The Guilty [+see also:
film review
interview: Gustav Möller
film profile
]
 - Gustav Möller (Denmark)

BeTV Award
The Guilty - Gustav Möller

(Translated from French)

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