MOSCOW — Anocha Suwichakornpong’s “Mundane History,” a biting critique of Thai society, won the grand prize of the international competition Saturday at Poland’s biggest film festival, Era New Horizons.
The prize came with a cash award of $26,000.
The 10th edition of the festival, held in the Silesian city of Wroclaw, celebrates innovative arthouse cinema.
A newly introduce international critics Fipresci award went to Russian directors Nikolay and Yelena Renard’s “Mama” and an audience award to “Le Quattro Volte,” Michelangelo Frammartino’s Italian, German, Swiss co-production.
In a special feature of the festival, all three winning films are guaranteed distribution in Poland through the New Horizon’s Association.
In other sections of a festival that draws a large public following with more than 120,000 ticket sales each year, French directors Cedric Dupire and Gaspard Kuentz won the Films on Art international competition for “We Don’t Care about Music Anyway,” which came with a $13,000 cash prize and guaranteed distribution in Poland.
A special mention went to Sophie Fiennes’ “Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow,” U.K., France, Netherlands co-production.
New Polish Films $32,000 prize winner was Przemyslaw Wojcieszek’s “Made in Poland,” best new director ($13,000 award) went to Adam Sikora’s “Ewa.”
A new feature of the festival was a three-day workshop for young Polish film professionals, the New Horizons Studio, whch is part of a move toward introducing more industry elements. More than 30 young directors, producers and scriptwriters attended workshops lead by American director Jonathan Caouette and Turkey’s Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
Next year’s festival — due to take place July 21-31 — will feature retrospectives of Pinku eiga, Japanese erotic films, and an overview of both classical and contemporary Norwegian cinema. The festival will also showcase the work of Terry Gilliam.
The festival will also focus on the work of Andrzej Munk, marking the 90th anniversary of his birth and 50th anniversary of his death.
Munk was one of the foremost representatives of the post-war Polish Film School. His best-known films include “Eroica” and “Passenger.”