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‘Half Time’ wins Estoril prize

'Egg' comes in second

LISBON — Dutch family drama “Half Time” (Tussenstand) took the Golden Caravel award at the debut edition of the Estoril European Film Festival, which wrapped Sunday.

The Mijke de Jong helmed pic, which premiered this year at Locarno, also received $42,500.

The Silver Caravel prize and $30,000 went to Greek-Turkish production “Egg” (Yumurta) by Semih Kaplanoglu, about a young poet who returns to his home village. Pic screened at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.

Special jury award went to Estonian angst-ridden “Autumn Ball” (Sugisball), by Veiko Ounpuu. Pic won the Horizons Award at the Venice Film Festival and was recently shown at Los Angeles’ AFI Fest.

Helmers Pedro Almodovar and David Lynch were honored with lifetime achievement awards.

Almodovar attended the start of the fest, while Lynch came at the end, marking his first ever visit to Portugal. Lynch delivered a master class to 600 people on Transcendental Meditation, in which he advised would-be directors to be as genuine as possible and recommended TM as the best remedy to today’s “violent and turbulent world.”

First edition of the fest, which is headed by Franco-Portuguese producer Paulo Branco, was attended by 10,000 spectators. Branco said he was extremely satisfied with the event, and is already planning the sequel for next year.

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