‘Tulpan’ takes Reykjavik’s Puffin

Pic also named Discovery of the Year

REYKJAVIK — “Tulpan,” the feature debut of Kazakh-born documaker extraordinaire Sergey Dvortsevoy, continued its winning ways at the recently wrapped Reykjavik Intl. Film Festival.

It copped the Golden Puffin top prize, and was named Discovery of the Year.

Set among nomadic sheep herders on the harsh Kazakh steppe, the engrossing tale follows a 20-ish youth who can’t achieve his long-cherished dream of tending his own flock without first acquiring a wife.

Juraj Lehotsky’s beautifully crafted docu “Blind Loves,” Slovakia’s entry for the Oscar for foreign-language film, nabbed a special mention.

The Fipresci Intl. Critics Award went to Swiss helmer Ursula Meier for the family drama “Home.”

The Church of Iceland award was claimed by Bosnian debut “Snow,” a post-war drama from Aida Begic.

The 5th Reykjavik fest combined for the first time with the local gay and lesbian fest. A jury named Czech helmer Bohdam Slama’s “A Country Teacher” as the richest contribution toward queer culture and queer cinema. A special mention went to Canadian docu “She’s a Boy I Knew,” by transsexual helmer filmmaker Gwen Haworth.

“Electronica Reykjavik” from Icelandic documaker Arnar Jonasson bagged the audience award. It gives rare insight into the early days of Icelandic dance music with footage from clubs long gone and hairstyles better forgotten.

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