Here are the award winners!
THE TALE OF IYA won the Aurora Prize for 2014.
On Saturday evening this year's awards were announced at the official closing ceremony for the festival.
A sold out theatre in KulturHuset provided the perfect setting and the atmosphere was thrilling and exciting when the juries took center stage ahead of the screening of VENUS IN FUR, the closing film.
Six awards were presented and the following films were honored by the juries:
This year's Aurora Prize was presented to the Japanese film THE TALE OF IYA, by director Tetsuichiro Tsuta. The jury members were Nina Wester, Håkon Birkeland Toft and Kaleem Aftab, and they gave high praise to the winning film.
- The winner was a film that dealt with big themes of tradition, how the world changes through generations, told in a thought-provoking and unique manner, said the jury.
FIPRESCI, The International Critic's Award, went to IDA (Denmark/Poland) by director Pawel Pawlikowski.
- The winner dares to confront a dark shadow of guilt in post wartime history, balancing boldness and subtle restraint. It's a convincingly acted, impressively shot exploration of severed identity, historical legacy and reconciliation that avoids cliches and the illusion of an easy answer, said the jury which featured Alexander Yanakiev, Carmen Gray and Roger Grosvold.
FICC, also known as the Don Quixote Prize was presented to the Swedish film I STOP TIME by Gunilla Bresky. The jury members Cristiane de Albuquerque Cavalcanti Jacobsen, Raj Gongaju and Mediouni Med. Chokri were unanimous in their decision.
- This film is a beautiful, accurate and poetic lesson from one of the most tragic periods in our world’s history, through the eyes and words of the unknown Vladislav Mikosja (...) This is a beautifully made documentary with a strong impact, that talked to and touched our hearts, said the jury who also gave honorable mention to NEBRASKA by Alexander Payne.
The Norwegian Peace Film Award went to the film OMAR from Palestine, directed by Hany Abu-Assad.
- This film is a courageous and brilliant representation of the current situation in Palestine. In an effective and uncompromising way Omar contributes to a deeper understanding of conflict and violence due to occupation and its consequences for daily life. The film is a fast-moving and electrifying romantic-political thriller taking the viewers on a roller-coaster ride through the maze of occupation and oppression, said the jury which featured Mamdooh Afdile, Anne Marit Bachmann and Roswitha Skare. The jury also gave honorable mention to LIGHT FLY, FLY HIGH by Susann Østigaard and Beate Hofseth.
The winner of the Tromsø Palm, the award for the best film in the Films from the North program, was AMAZON by Marianne Ulrichsen. The jury, which featured Linde Fröhlich, Tom Perlmutter and Theo Tsappos said:
- The seeds of adulthood, the growth of rivalry, the testing of courage, the overcoming of hurt and the birth of friendship are all touched upon in this twelve-minute short film, set in the wild and dramatic landscape of Lofoten.
The jury also gave special mention to OPEN, by Ivalo Frank.
The Audience Award, which is voted on by all the movie lovers who have filled the cinemas around Tromsø this week, was presented to the Icelandic film OF HORSES AND MEN by Director Benedikt Erlingsson.
TIFF congratulates all the winners!