Lezaic's slacker drama also nabs Cine Europa prize
LISBON — Nikola Lezaic’s slacker drama “Tilva ros” (Red Hill), about Serbian adolescent hip-hop skaters addicted to “Jackass” stunts, won best film and the Cine Europa prize at the 4th Estoril Film Festival, which wrapped Sunday.
Pic previously won the award for film at July’s Sarejevo Film Festival.
Freshman Andrey Stempkovsky’s Russian psychothriller “Reverse Motion,” about a Chechen war veteran, scooped screenplay honors for Stempkovsky, Anush Vardanyan and Givi Shavgulidze, and cinematography laurels for Zaur Bolotayev in the eclectic 12-film official selection.
French actress Isabelle Huppert won the special jury prize for her role as a middle-aged hippie-turned-saleswoman in Marc Fitoussi’s feelgood comedy “Copacabana.”
Estoril prides itself on highlighting links between cinema and the other arts.
Musician Lou Reed attended the opening ceremony, unveiling his 23-pic “Romanticism” photo exhibition, while his wife, Laurie Anderson, provided a public reading of texts by Don DeLillo at the closing ceremony.
John Malkovich presented three shorts on London fashion designer Bella Freud, who served on the competition jury; participated in a directing masterclass with Stephen Frears and showcased his “Technobohemian” men’s fashion collection.
French actor-director Mathieu Amalric presented “On Tour,” which snagged him best director honors at Cannes, and revealed that pic’s lead character, a burlesque troupe producer, was inspired by Estoril fest director Paulo Branco.
Lifetime achievement awards went to Malkovich and Georgian composer Giya Kancheli and to actress Marisa Paredes, photographer Alberto Garcia-Alix and judge Baltasar Garzon, all from Spain.