The awards for this year's Black Nights Film Festival, known locally as PÖFF; were announced Saturday night, with Paolo Sorrentino's "La Grande Bellezza" (The Great Beauty) netting the EurAsia Grand Prix.
The same film, which portrays the decadence of modern Rome, also earned Luca Bigazzi a Best Cinematographer award for “giving us images that are not only on the highest technical standards, but in first hand pleasing us by being musically dynamic,” a statement from the event's press office said.
Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson's “Of Horses and Men” won Best Film in the Tridens Competition of Feature Debuts from the Baltic Sea and Nordic Countries, while the Estonian-Georgian co-production "Tangerines" won the Heave(i)n award for the best Estonian film.
The Best Director award went to Japanese director Koji Fukada for “Au Revoir L’été” for its "sensitively observed scenes to create a story with intelligent deep insight of Japanese everyday life."
Maksim Sukhanov won the Best Actor award for his role in “The Role” (Russia). Best Actress went to Juliette Binoche for her performance in “Camille Claudel 1915” (France).