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IDFA top nod to ‘Stranded’

Arijon's film wins big at documentary festival

Gonzalo Arijon’s “Stranded” picked up the top award at the Amsterdam Intl. Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) on Saturday. The feature-length docu recounts how the survivors of a 1972 plane crash endured 10 weeks in the Andes.

The jury praised the film’s cinematic qualities, describing it as “emotional and poetic.” Uruguayan helmer Arijon pitched the project at IDFA’s Forum in 2005, attracting French coin through Ethan Prods. World sales are handled by Arte France. With the VPRO Joris Ivens Award, he takes home E12,500 ($18,300).

The jury also gave a special award to British helmer Kim Longinotto for “Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go,” about day-to-day life at a school for dysfunctional children.

The Silver Wolf award for medium-length docu went to Tamar Yarom’s “To See if I’m Smiling,” about the experiences of young women in the Israeli army. It also got the nod from the festival public.

The Silver Cub for short docu went to “The Tailor,” a bittersweet look at immigration by Spanish helmer Oscar Perez. The First Appearance award went to “End of the Rainbow,” in which a multinational in Guinea, West Africa, hires locals to operate a gold mine. The feature-length French-Australian co-production is directed by Robert Nugent.

Among the festival’s other awards, the public picked out Hubert Sauper’s “Darwin’s Nightmare” as the best film from IDFA’s 20-year history.

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