Ukrainian WWII Film Wins at Black Nights Film Festival ({{commentsTotal}})

Source: Photos: Black Nights

The winner of the Black Nights Film Festival's grand prize for 2012 is the Ukrainian film "House with a Turret."

Alar Kivilo, a cinematographer who was one of the panel judges for the main Eurasia program, told ETV: "It was very lyrically made, made with simplicity and it was very evocative." He said the panel's decision was unanimous.

"House with a Turret" is a Russian-language film directed by Eva Neumann. It is set in Odessa in 1944 and tells the story of a young boy who is orphaned - played by a real-life orphan.

It also won for best cinematography, which was courtesy of Rimvydas Leipus.

The winner of the best debut film from the Baltic Sea and Nordic region was Georgian director Georgi Paradjanov's film "Everybody's Gone."

"It was a very elegiac film about memory and sympathy, a very poetic film in its own humorous and imaginative manner," said Chris Fujiwara, a judge from the panel of the Tridens Herring program for new Baltic and Nordic efforts.

The best Estonian film was a movie favored to win - Toomas Hussar's "Mushrooming," which was hailed by the judges for its satirical tone and critique of contemporary media policy.

The audience favorite was the German film "Oh Boy," made by Jan Ole Gerster.

The youth and children's film program, Just Film, also picked its winners - "Alfie the Little Werewolf" by Joram Lursen won in the kids' section while Meral Uslu's "Snackbar" won in the youth department.



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