Young jury fetes 'Blood Appears'

Aida Begic’s “Snow” and Christophe Van Rompaey’s “Moscow Belgium” won top honors at Cannes’ 47th Intl. Critics’ Week, while a young jury gave thumbs up to Pablo Fendrik’s bloody family flare-up tale “Blood Appears.”

Begic’s feature debut “Snow,” a war-set tale of a mountain village cut off by winter’s first snow, won the Intl. Critics’ Week Grand Prix.

For Begic, the top prize marks a triumphant return to Cannes, where she screened her short “First Death Experience” in Official Selection in 2002.

Belgian Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem, who’s making a name for himself as a producer-writer, earned further recognition taking Pat Van Beirs’ e3,000 ($4,791) SACD screenwriter award for “Moscow Belgium.”

Rompaey himself picked up the Acid/CCAS $6,400 cash prize toward the theatrical distribution of “Moscow Belgium” in France.

Thirty-two French or German high school students adjudicated the Ofaj/TV5Monde (Very) Young Critics award to Pablo Fendrik’s father-son face-off drama “Blood Appears.”

Canal Plus France took broadcast rights to the Canal Plus Grand Prix short winner, Denis Villeneuve’s absurdist banquet drama “Next Floor.” “Skhizein,” a Gallic toon short from Jeremy Clapin about a man struck by a meteor, nabbed the Kodak Short Film Discovery Prize, worth $4,800.

WINNERS:

CRITIC’S WEEK GRAND PRIX
“Snow,” (Aida Becic, Bosnia-Herzegovina-Gernany-France)

SACD SCREENWRITER PRIZE
Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem and Pat Van Beirs (“Moscow Belgium,” Belgium)

ACCID/CCAS AID
“Moscow Belgium,” (Christophe Van Rompaey, Belgium)

OFAJ/TV5MONDE (VERY) YOUNG CRITICS AWARD
“Blood Appears” (Pablo Fendrik, Argentina)

CANAL PLUS FRANCE SHORT FILM GRAND PRIX
“Next Floor” (Denis Villeneuve, Canada)

KODAK SHORT FILM DISCOVERY PRIZE
“Skhizein,” (Jeremy Clapin, France)

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