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CINEMED 2019 Awards

Sole and Stitches triumphant in Montpellier

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- The films of Italian director Carlo Sironi and Serbian director Miroslav Terzic are joint winners of the Golden Antigone award. A Special Mention goes to Madre and the Audience Award to Two of Us

Sole and Stitches triumphant in Montpellier
The winners and jury members of the 41st Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival (© Cinemed)

Sole [+see also:
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from Italian director Carlo Sironi and Stitches [+see also:
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from Serbian director Miroslav Terzic were both handed out the 2019 Golden Antigone by a jury headed by French director Julie Bertuccelli and awarding the best feature of the 41st Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival. Unveiled in the Orizzonti programme in Venice before screening in Toronto (in the Discovery section) and bringing together Italian and Polish producers, Carlo Sironi’s feature debut is sold worldwide by Luxbox, has just been released in Italian cinemas by Officine Ubu and will be distributed in France in the first semester of 2020 by Les Valseurs. Meanwhile, Stitches already boasts among its awards the Label Europa Cinemas given at the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival where the film had its world premiere, and its sales are handled by Cercamon.

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The jury also handed out a Special Mention to Madre [+see also:
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from Spanish director Rodrigo Sorogoyen (also revealed in Venice, in the Orizzonti section, where it won the Best Actress Award) and which will be released in Spanish cinemas on 15 November via Wanda Visión and on 22 April 2020 in France by Le Pacte (which is also handling international sales).

It is worth mentioning that the Audience Award went to France/Belgium/Luxembourg production Two of Us [+see also:
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from Italian director Filippo Meneghetti (discovered in Toronto; sold by Doc & Film International – released in France on 29 January 2020 by Sophie Dulac Distribution). Meanwhile, the Critics’ Award went to Abou Leila [+see also:
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from Algerian director Amin Sidi-Boumediène (unveiled in Critics’ Week in Cannes; sold by Films Boutique – out in France on 4 March 2020 via UFO Distribution) and the Best Documentary award went to Collective [+see also:
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by Alexander Nanau (a production bringing together Romania and Luxembourg which had its premiere out of competition in Venice and is sold by Cinephil).

Here is the complete list of winners:

Feature-film Competition

Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole Golden Antigone (ex æquo)
Sole [+see also:
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- Carlo Sironi (Italy/Poland)
Stitches [+see also:
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- Miroslav Terzic (Serbia/Slovenia/Croatia/Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Special Mention
Madre [+see also:
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- Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Spain/France)

BNP Paribas Critics’ Award
Abou Leila [+see also:
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- Amin Sidi-Boumediène (Algeria/France/Qatar)

Midi Libre Audience Award
Two of Us [+see also:
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- Filippo Meneghetti (France/Luxembourg/Belgium)

Social Energy Activities Young Audience Award
1982 [+see also:
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- Oualid Mouaness (Lebanon/United States/Norway/Qatar)

CCU – CROUS Student Award for Best Debut Work
Two of Us - Filippo Meneghetti

JAM Award for Best Music
Ahmed Mostafa Saleh - Certified Mail (Egypt)

Short-film Competition

Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole Grand Prix for Best Short Film
Je serai parmi les amandiers - Marie Le Floc’h (France/Belgium)

Special Mention
Havana, Club - Andrei Hutuleac (Romania)

La Gazette – Titra Films Audience Award
Antxoni - Rubén Sainz (Spain)

City of Montpellier Young Audience Award
Le Chant d'Ahmed - Foued Mansour (France)

Special Mention
Fatum - Mohamed Ali Nahdi (Tunisia)

Canal+ Award
Holy Family - Margarida Lucas (Portugal)

Documentaries

Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole Ulysses Award
Collective [+see also:
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- Alexander Nanau (Romania/Luxembourg)

Special Mention
Honeyland [+see also:
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- Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov (North Macedonia)

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(Translated from French)

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