Film festival honors drama with grand prize

WARSAW — Helmer Jessica Hausner’s pilgrimage tale “Lourdes” won the 25th Warsaw Film Festival’s grand prize at a closing ceremony in the Polish capital’s Kultur cinema hall on Saturday.

Colombian helmer Luis Alberto Restrepo’s tale of a compromised priest, “The Passion of Gabriel,” won a special mention.

Mexican helmer Roberto Rochin Naya’s magical realism pic “Purgatory” and Uruguayan wrestler road movie “Bad Day to Go Fishing,” from helmer Alvaro Brechner, split the Free Spirit prize for boundary-breaking film.

Prize for first or second feature was shared by Israeli Omri Givon’s “Seven Minutes in Heaven,” about memory and terrorism, and Bulgarian Kamen Kalev’s “Eastern Plays,” a story of racial tension in Eastern Europe.

Estonians Jaak Kilmi and Kiur Aarma took home the documentary prize for their offbeat look at Cold War television jamming, “Disco and Atomic War,” which generated much fest buzz.

Helmer Borys Lankosz’s post-WWII love story “Reverse,” Poland’s foreign-language Oscar hopeful, won the Fipresci prize.

Fest’s CentEast market presented 17 upcoming pics from the former Eastern bloc.

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