'Nun' takes top prize at Amsterdam
LONDON — The Danes swept the board at the Intl. Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam award ceremony Saturday night.Danish helmer Pernille Gronkjær’s “The Monastery — Mr. Vig & the Nun,” about an old man’s quest to turn his derelict castle into a Russian Orthodox monastery, clinched the top prize, the VPRO Joris Ivens Award for feature-length docu. Fest’s Silver Wolf award for short doc went to Danish Eva Mulvad’s “Enemies of Happiness,” about an Afghan woman’s attempt to gain a seat in her country’s new parliament in the 2005 elections. The Silver Cub, for docu shorter than 30 minutes, was awarded to fellow Danish helmer Erlend E. Mo’s “My Eyes,” about the lives of two blind girls. From Russian directors Alexander Rastorguev, Vitaly Mansky and Susanna Baranzhieva, “Tender’s Heat, Wild, Wild Beach,” capturing the life on the eastern coast of the Black Sea during the summer season, won the Special Jury Award. The First Appearance Award (worth 5,000 euros, or about $6,670), for debut work went to Brit helmer Paul Taylor’s “We Are Together,” about a South African orphanage where many of the children have lost their families to AIDS.