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My Little Sister and The New Gospel mount the podium at the Swiss Film Prize

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- Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond’s film wins an armful of Quartz awards, while Milo Rau’s work bags Best Documentary

My Little Sister and The New Gospel mount the podium at the Swiss Film Prize
My Little Sister by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond

The winners of the 2021 Swiss Film Prize were announced during a ceremony filmed live from the studios of RTS in Geneva. My Little Sister [+see also:
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by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond dominated the scene, scooping four awards in addition to the most prestigious prize (Best Fiction Film), namely Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress for Marthe Keller, Best Photography (Filip Zumbrunn) and Best Editing (Myriam Rachmuth). Following the success of the documentary Ladies [+see also:
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(2018), the two Lausanne directors are proving (as if they still needed to), with their new film, just how unique and powerful their artistic world combining realism and poetry truly is. The Quartz for Best Documentary, meanwhile, went to The New Gospel [+see also:
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by the (theatre and film) director and writer Milo Rau, who, with the help of Yvan Sagnet, a former farm worker and militant from Cameroon, creates a new gospel for the 21st century, a touching manifesto which is full of humanity for a fairer and more respectful world.

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In respect of the other categories, Your Street by Güzin Kar was handed the Quartz for Best Short Film, while another short, Darwin’s Notebook by Georges Schwizgebel, was crowned Best Animated Film. Urban Amazons by Thaïs Odermatt imposed itself as Best Graduate Film and Needle Park Baby [+see also:
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by Pierre Bonnard also walked away with a Quartz in the form of Best Female Performance (thanks to the moving Sarah Spale). Alice Schmid, for her part, was rewarded for the soundtrack gracing her documentary Burning Memories, while the Quartz for sound, awarded this year for the very first time, went to Peter Bräker for his work on Thomas Imbach’s astonishing and, at times, surreal Nemesis [+see also:
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. There were no prizes in the category of Best Male Performance during this 2021 edition of the event, due to the low number of actors eligible for the award. The Special Academy Award was, however, bestowed upon Linda Harper thanks to the costumes she designed for Of Fish and Men [+see also:
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, Needle Park Baby and Spagat [+see also:
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. Last but not least, the Lifetime Achievement Award (preceded by a speech delivered by the director of the Swiss Film Library Frédéric Maire) was won by actress Lilo Pulver (Liselotte Pulver).

The full list of award winners is as follows:

Best Film
My Little Sister [+see also:
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interview: Stéphanie Chuat and Véroniq…
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]
- Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond

Best Documentary
The New Gospel [+see also:
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interview: Milo Rau
film profile
]
- Milo Rau (Germany/Switzerland)

Best Short Film
Your Street - Güzin Kar

Best Animated Film
Darwin’s Notebook - Georges Schwizgebel (short film)

Best Screenplay
My Little Sister - Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond     

Best Actress
Sarah Spale - Needle Park Baby [+see also:
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Best Supporting Actress
Marthe Keller - My Little Sister        

Best Soundtrack
Alice Schmid - Burning Memories

Best Photography
Filip Zumbrunn - My Little Sister

Best Editing
Myriam Rachmuth - My Little Sister

Best Sound
Peter Bräker - Nemesis [+see also:
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Best Graduate Film
Urban Amazons - Thaïs Odermatt

Special Academy Prize
Linda Harper, for her costumes in Of Fish and Men [+see also:
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, Needle Park Baby and Spagat [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Christian Johannes Koch
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]

Lifetime Achievement Award
Lilo Pulver, for her career as a film actress

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(Translated from Italian)

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