Director wins feature prize at international film event

The Monaco Charity Film Festival, which ran May 5 through 11, selected a total of 98 films from 31 countries this year. Nearly one third of the selections made their world premiere at the festival.

The fest’s first prize for a feature was awarded to Kazakhstan director Ermek Tursunov and writers E . T . and Aktan Arym Kubat for their film “Kelin” ; best feature performance nods went to actor Taner Bissel who starred in the Turkish film “The Shadowless” and actress Maria Clara Spinelli whose perf in Brazil’s “Paulista” impressed the fest’s jury. Best screenplay was a tie achieved by Martin Freidmann-Petrasek and Jan Novak , who co-wrote “Broken Promise.” The jury’s special grand prize went to the film “John Rabe,” and Aleksander Buravsky was crowned best director for his work helming Russia’s “Lemingrad.”

The Monaco Charity Film Festival is a charitable organization which raises money for children, and this year their beneficiaries were Virlanie and the Nest Foundation where funds helped to house, clothe and feed impoverished and homeless children in the Philippines.

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