Eitan Anner's "A Quiet Heart" ("Lev Shaket") was awarded the Grand Prix of the 20th Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) at the festival's awards ceremony in Tallinn on Saturday night.
Described by the jury as an inspiring journey toward hope and courage, "A Quiet Heart" tells the story of a secular young female pianist in Israel who must learn to use music as a bridge to overcome towering religious barriers.
The 2016 award for best director went to Iranian director Narges Abyard for her film "Breath."
The award for best actor went to Ion Sapdaru and Constantin Puşcaşu for their roles in "Eastern Business," while the award for best actress to Ania Bukstein for her role in "A Quiet Heart."
Gints Berzins won the award for best cinematography for his work on "The Chronicles of Melanie," a Latvian-Czech-Finnish co-production, while best screenplay went to Igor Cobileanski for his script for "Eastern Business," a Romanian-Lithuanian-Moldovan co-production.
The awards ceremony of 20th Black Nights Film Festival took place in Tallinn on Saturday evening. The festival's final screenings will take place on Sunday night.
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