The prized and the popular films at RIFF were screened on the last day

Awards were handed out tonight at RIFF’s Award Ceremony at the Nordic House in Reykjavík Iceland, where the sixteenth Reykjavík International Film Festival was formally closed.

The winner of the New Vision section, “The Discovery of the year“ and therefore the winner of the main prize on RIFF this year is The Orphanage by Shahrbanoo Sadat and with Katja Adomeitas a producer who attended the ceremony and received the prize at the closing ceremony in the Nordic House in Reykjavík on Saturday evening.

In New Visions nine up and coming directors presented their first or second feature films and competed for our main prize, the Golden Puffin. These films challenged cinematic conventions and pave the way for romorrow´s cinema.

Never before has the jury had three special mentions of other films in the competition but this year the jury did so.

THE GOLDEN PUFFIN

NEW VISIONS AWARDS

 Nick Davis started on behalf of the jury and talked about the quality of work and the necessity of the number of awards. The other two in the jury were Jakub Duszynski and Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir.

3 SPECIAL MENTIONS

CORPUS CHRISTI by Jan Komasawas announced by Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir

The jury marveled at the complex characterization of the protagonist, and at the way the film depicts actual incidents from real life while applying the kinds of complex metaphors and philosophical questions that drive great art, building to a forceful conclusion.

THE LAST AUTUMN by Yrsa Roca Fannberg

Announced by Jakub Duszynski

This film offers a fantastically immersive but non-voyeuristic impression of a very specific time and place, and of tough predicaments facing so many people in Iceland and elsewhere. The use of 16mm celluloid and of a rich, innovative soundtrack exemplifies the vitality and flexibility of nonfiction filmmaking.

MATERNAL by Maura Delpero

Announced by Nick Davis

Received mention on stage

This drama raises the profound question of who has or shares the responsibility for raising a child. The film thrives on its skilled direction of the whole ensemble, including its youngest actors, and the story´s refusal to pass easy judgments, instead emphasizing the imperfect but warm humanity of all its characters.

THE WINNER:

 THE ORPHANAGE by Shahrbanoo Sadat

Announced by actress Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir

Katja Adomeit, the producer, received the award on behalf of Shahrbanoo Sadat

The jury awards its top prize to this fresh, surprising, and genre-confounding film, which uses different cinematic styles and languages to explore extremes of emotion, from joy to sorrow. The understated but precise direction sees what is unique about every person in its large cast, while painting a collective portrait even greater than the sum of its fascinating parts. On a small budget, the filmmakers manage to offer a colorful, eye-opening recreation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, though for better and for worse, the storytelling resonates powerfully all across our contemporary world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgsjbrAurGg

Daily Schedule – Bíó Paradís – Sunday, 06.10.19

Time

Film Title

Room

13:00

The Father

Bíó Paradís 1

13:00

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

+ Q&A

Bíó Paradís 3

13:15

Varda by Agnès

Bíó Paradís 2

14:45

Corpus Christi

Bíó Paradís 1

15:30

The Great Green Wall

Bíó Paradís 2

15:30

House of Cardin

Bíó Paradís 3

17:00

PAPERBOY & THE ORPHANAGE

Bíó Paradís 1

17:15

The Last Autumn

+ Q&A

Bíó Paradís 2

17:30

Gods of Molenbeek

Bíó Paradís 3

19:00

Una Primavera

Bíó Paradís 3

19:00

INVISIBLE HERO & MIDNIGHT TRAVELER

Bíó Paradís 1

19:00

Notre Dame

Bíó Paradís 2

20:30

Dogs Don’t Wear Pants

Bíó Paradís 3

20:45

The Realm

Bíó Paradís 2

21:30

About Endlessness

Bíó Paradís 1

22:30

Maternal

Bíó Paradís 3

23:00

Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love

Bíó Paradís 1

23:15

One Child Nation

Bíó Paradís 2