Monte Carlo surprise

Swiss, Italians, Brits take Gold Nymphs

MONACO — Sweden, Italy and the U.K. walked off with the Gold Nymphs at the 38th Monte Carlo Television Festival (Feb. 19 26).

The suspense was genuine at the gala awards ceremony on Thursday evening as fest organizers had skipped the traditional advance press conference in favor of keeping the results secret.

“The Tattooed Widow,” directed by Lars Molin (SVT, Sveriges Television) took top honors in the made for TV movies category, and episode eight of “The Octopus,” directed by Giacomo Battiato (RAI 1) won the Gold Nymph in the miniseries competition.

“Getting Away With Murder,” an edition of BBC 2’s ‘Correspondent’ program, was the winner out of 36 contenders in the category of news and current affairs.

When a rep of Japan’s NHK picked up the Silver Nymph for “Endgame — The Untold Story of the Hostage Crisis in Peru,” in the news and current affairs category, he quipped, “This is Japan’s greatest honor since the Nagano Olympics.”

Monte Carlo TV Festival president Prince Albert no doubt appreciated the reference more than most, having just returned from the Winter Games, where he competed as a member of Monaco’s bobsled team.

Accepting the best screenplay award in the miniseries category on behalf of scripter Hugh Whitemore for his adaptation of “A Dance to the Music of Time,” former deputy managing editor of BBC TV Robin Scott pointed out that Whitemore was also the writer of TV movie “Breaking the Code,” which earned a best actor Silver Nymph for Derek Jacobi.

In her first small screen outing, French thesp Carole Bouquet won the Silver Nymph as best actress in a miniseries for her depiction of Louise de Renal in “Le Rouge et la noir,” adapted from Stendhal’s classic.

A festival highlight was the tribute to URTI jury president and “violinist of the century” Yehudi Menuhin. Lord Menuhin and his fellow jurors awarded the Arman Trophy in the creative documentary category to “L’Affaire Willy Kessels” (RTBF, Belgium).

A list of winners follows:

MADE FOR TV MOVIES

GOLD NYMPH

“The Tattooed Widow,” (“Den Tatuerade Ankan,” SVT, Sweden), directed by Lars Molin

SILVER NYMPHS

SCRIPT: Cameron Bailey and Clement Virgo for “The Planet of Junior Brown” (Evergreen Releasing, Canada)

DIRECTOR: Hynek Bocan for “Boomerang” (Czech Television, Czech Republic)

ACTOR: Derek Jacobi for “Breaking the Code” directed by Herbert Wise

(The Drama House, U.K.)

ACTRESS: Charlie Hardwick for “The Scar” (BBC 2, U.K.)

MINISERIES

GOLD NYMPH

“The Octopus 8” (“La Piovra 8 ‘Lo Scandalo'”, RAI 1, Italy) directed by Giacomo Battiato

SILVER NYMPHS

SCRIPT: Hugh Whitemore for “A Dance to the Music of Time,” (Channel 4, U.K.)

DIRECTOR: Jean Daniel Verhaeghe for “Le Rouge et la Noir,” (TF1, France)

ACTOR: Jozsef Szarvas in “The House of Szorad” (“A Szorad Haz,” (MTV/Hungarian Television)

ACTRESS: Carole Bouquet in “Le Rouge et la noir,” (TF1, France)

NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS

GOLD NYMPH

“Getting Away With Murder,” (‘Correspondent’, BBC 2, U.K.)

SILVER NYMPHS

“Endgame — The Untold Story of the Hostage Crisis in Peru,” (NHK, Japan)

“Murder, Money and Mexico” (‘The Fifth Estate,’ CBC, Canada)

“Valentina’s Story,” (‘Panorama,’ BBC 1, U.K.)

INTL. PRESS JURIES, FICTION

TV MOVIES

“Breaking the Code”

MINISERIES

“The Octopus 8”

PRINCE RAINIER III PRIZE

“A Smelly Kettle of Fish,” ( DR TV, Denmark)

AMADE/UNESCO PRIZE

“Un Homme digne de confiance” (TF1, France)

UNDA PRIZES (Intl. Catholic Assn. for Radio and Television)

TV MOVIE

“Boomerang”

NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS

“Getting Away With Murder”

AUDIENCE PRIZE

“Le Pantalon,” directed by Yves Boisset (GMT Productions, France)

MONACO RED CROSS PRIZE

“Le Pantalon”

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