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Winners of CinEast film festival awards announced
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Winners of CinEast film festival awards announced

22.10.2017 From our online archive
The international jury reached a unanimous decision on the Grand Prix winning film.

A polish film has been awarded this year's CinEast film festival Grand Prix.

'Birds Are Singing In Kigali', the last film by Joanna Kos-Krauze and her late husband Krzysztof Krauze, deals with the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide.

The international jury – French director Anne Fontaine, Romanian actor Adrian Titieni, French producer Philippe Carcassonne, Luxembourgish director and producer Bady Minck and Oliver Baumgarten, director of the Max Ophüls Preis programme – reached a unanimous decision.

"It's a shocking film whose great mastery never stifles emotion," Anne Fontaine said. "The jury particularly appreciated the exceptional quality of the actresses' play."

The special jury prize went to Romanian drama 'Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari', described by Oliver Baumgarten as a "thrilling experience for the audience" through the use of a handheld camera and the freedom given to the actors.

The film which gained the highest number of public votes and handed the audience award was comedy drama 'The Constitution' by Croatian director, Rajko Grlić. The audience awards for short films were given to 'Into The Blue', 'Gamer Girl' and 'Close Ties'. 'Direction', by Bulgarian director Stephan Komandarev, took the critics' prize.

Grand Prix winning film, Birds Are Singing In Kigali, will be screened at Cinémathèque at 8.30pm on Sunday.

For further information visit the CinEast website.

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