The Wild Boys scoops BRIFF’s European Competition Grand Prix
by Aurore Engelen
- Bertrand Mandico’s Venice-premiered film has been rewarded at the very first edition of the Brussels International Film Festival
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 Mandico, The Wild Boys [+see also:
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:
interview: Jean Libon and Yves Hinant
film profile] by Jean Libon and Yves Hinant came out on top in the National Competition.
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 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 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 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:
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:
film profile] by Janet Van den Brand, and the Audience Award ended up going to Holy Tour [+see also:
film profile] by Méryl Fortunat-Rossi and Valéry Rosier.
Here is the complete list of winners:
No Date No Signature - Vahid Jalilvand (Iran)
The Guilty - Gustav Möller
(Translated from French)
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