"Hipsters" Wins at MEIFF

by eug
October 18, 2009 4:03 AM
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Valery Todorovsky's "Hipsters" won a $100,000 prize yesterday when it was awarded the Black Pearl Award for Best Narrative Film at the 3rd Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF). Elia Suleiman's "The Time That Remains" won the Black Pearl for Best Middle Eastern Narrative Film and a $100,000 prize.

List of feature winners:

Black Pearl Award for Best Narrative Film ($100,000)
"Hipsters" (Stilyagi), directed by Valery Todorovsky (Russia)

Black Pearl Award for Best New Narrative Director ($50,000)
Glendyn Ivin, "Last Ride" (Australia)

Black Pearl Award for Best Middle Eastern Narrative Film ($100,000)
"The Time That Remains" (Al Zaman Al Baqi), directed by Elia Suleiman (Palestine, UK, Italy, Belgium, France)

Black Pearl Award for Best New Middle Eastern Narrative Director ($50,000)
Pelin Esmer, "10 to 11" (11’e 10 Kala), Turkey, France, Germany

Black Pearl Award for Best Actor ($25,000)
Hamed Behdad, "No One Knows About Persian Cats," directed by Bahman Ghobadi (Iran)

Black Pearl Award for Best Actress ($25,000) – Alicia Laguna and Sonia Couoh, Northless (Norteado), directed by Rigoberto Pérezcano (Mexico)

Black Pearl Award for Best Documentary Film ($100,000)
"The Frontier Gandhi: Badshah Khan, A Torch for Peace," directed by T. C. McLuhan (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, USA)

Black Pearl Award for Best New Documentary Director ($50,000)
Johan Grimonprez, "Double Take" (Netherlands, Belgium)

Black Pearl Award for Best Middle Eastern Documentary Film ($100,000)
"On the Way to School" (İki Dil Bir Bavul), directed by Orhan Eskiköy and Özgür Doğan (Turkey)

Black Pearl Award for Best New Middle Eastern Documentary Director ($50,000)
Mohamed Zran, "Being Here" (Zarzis), Tunisia

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