‘Criminal’ takes prize at Finnish fest

World Brief

Jean-Gabriel Periot’s short documentary “Eut-elle ete criminelle …” (Even if She Had Been a Criminal…) took home the Grand Prix at Finland’s 36th Tampere Short Film Festival on Sunday night.

The doc combines a fast-forwarded version of WWII with searing archive footage of the French women who were publicly punished after the war for having affairs with Germans.

“Before Dawn” by Hungarian helmer Balint Kenyeres nabbed the prix UIP.

The Risto Jarva prize for local film went to “365 Days — Video Diary by Reijo Kela 1999” in which Finland’s moden dance legend Kela chronicles what he did in 1999 with 365 five-second takes.

The fest honored the work of Robert Drew, a key figure in the development of American cinema verite.

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