“The Rider” winner of the Golden Puffin 2017

Awards were handed out tonight at RIFF’s Award Ceremony at the Þjóðleikhúskjallari in Reykjavík Iceland, where the fourteenth Reykjavík International Film Festival was formally closed. RIFF is very pleased to note that four out of five awarded directors are female, with the main award going to Chloé Zhao for The Rider.

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The film The Rider (USA) directed by Chloé Zhao took home the main award, the Golden Puffin. Thirteen films competed in the category “New Visions”, all debut or sophomore efforts from director. The films challenge cinematic conventions and pave the way for tomorrow’s cinema.

After seeing this year’s winner, RIFF honoree Werner Herzog said: “Just when you think cinema is entering a phase of stagnation, out of nowhere, comes a film like that. It’s very encouraging.“ And so… for its uncommon sensitivity, exceptional camerawork, heartbreaking performances from non-actors and it’s remarkable ability to re-examine the concept of American masculinity.

The movie will be screened again tomorrow 8th of October at 20:15 – Háskólabío 1.

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The film Grab and Run directed by Roser Corella won the A Different Tomorrow category of the festival, a category that sheds light on environmental and humanitarian topics. Grab and Run will be screened tomorrow, 8th of October at 14:45 in Háskólabíó 2. Roser Corella will answer questions after the screening.

The jury for A Different Tomorrow gave an honourable mention to Timothy George Kelly’s BREXITANIA.

The jury for A Different Tomorrow also gave an honourable mention to Trude Berge Ottersen and Gry Elisabeth Mortensen’s Sealers: One Last Hunt.

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Best Icelandic short Atelier / Director Elsa María Jakobsdóttir

Special mention Munda / Director Tinna Hrafnsdóttir

Special Mention Through the eyes of others to the film Nightlight / Director Marc-André Morissette

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Best International Short to Copa-Loca / Director Christos Massalas

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Finally the film Hold on directed by Charlotte Scott-Wilson was awarded the Golden Egg.

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Further information and jury statements:

NEW VISIONS

The Rider directed by Chloé Zhao

Jury’s statement:

After seeing this year’s winner, RIFF honoree Werner Herzog said “Just when you think cinema is entering a phase of stagnation, out of nowhere, comes a film like that. It’s very encouraging.“ And so… for its uncommon sensitivity, exceptional camerawork, heartbreaking performances from non-actors and it’s remarkable ability to re-examine the concept of American masculinity, the jury has chosen to award The Golden Puffin to THE RIDER by Chloé Zhao.

Jury: Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, Mark Rabinowitz og Sol Bondy.

A DIFFERENT TOMORROW

The Jury for A Different Tomorrow awards the top prize to Roser Corella’s unforgettable Grab and Run

Jury’s statement:

Shattering, sophisticated and sublime, with its nuanced look at a cultural practice that’s the stuff of nightmares, this is a film that transcends all preconceptions, delving deeply into issues of politics, morality and social custom, providing a space for testimony by those most affected while forcing viewers to recognize the absence of easy answers in the face of so many competing fundamental ideals.

Timothy George Kelly’s Brexitania

Jury´s statement:

For its multifaceted look at a major political event, using the voices of voters to tell a tale both unsettling and refreshingly free from the usual bombast of political discourse.

Trude Berge Ottersen and Gry Elisabeth Mortensen’s Sealers: One last hunt

Jury´s statement:

For its brilliant, beautiful and bloody look at a practice that’s for some a cherished tradition and for others anathema, this complex tale fearlessly captures its subjects as our emotions and sympathies rise and fall as strongly as the waves buffeting the vessel that serves as the home for the narrative

Jury: Jason Gorber, Ragnheiður Skúladóttir og Herbert Sveinbjörnsson.

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BEST ICELANDIC SHORT

Atelier / directed by Elsa María Jakobsdóttir

Jury’s statement:

The competition was hard in the category of Icelandic shorts and it is clear that Icelandic short films are getting better each year. The jury has decided to award the main prize to Atelier by Elsa María Jakobsdóttir. The film bears the mark of an auteur and captures the audience into its own world.

Special mention Munda / Director Tinna Hrafnsdóttir

Jury’s statement:

Tinna Hrafnsdóttir’s film Munda receives a special mention from the jury. Munda is a strong and humane film and well directed.

Jury: Fahad Falur Jabali Fahad, Ásdis Sif Gunnarsdóttir and Ari Allansson

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BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT

Copa-Loca / Director Christos Massalas

Jury’s statement:

In the category of international short films the selection was large. The jury has decided to award the main prize to the film Copa Loca by Christos Massalas from Greece. The film is innovative and imaginative in its approach and has a special style that was appreciated by the jury.

Jury: Fahad Falur Jabali Fahad, Ásdis Sif Gunnarsdóttir and Ari Allansson

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GOLDEN EGG

Best short film from the Talent Lab

Hold on directed by Charlotte Scott-Wilson
Jury’s statement:

For telling a simple but powerful story of a young cellist who has to overcome her fears to keep her position in an orchestra, using strong visual language and captivating sound design. We are sold from the very beginning and 100% with the main character on her pshycological journey through the competitive and sometimes hostile world of the orchestra.

Jury:  Grímur Hákonarson, Janus Bragi Jakobsson and Helga Rakel Rafnsdóttir.

 

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