In the presence of numerous international guests including up-and-coming filmmakers at the Let’sCEE Film Festival‘s award ceremony, nine prizes were bestowed last Saturday night at Vienna’s Urania Kino.
The night began by acknowledging the festival’s contributors and sponsors, as the charming moderators kept up the laid-back atmosphere by joking about the festival’s somewhat informal and spur-of-the-moment appeal.
Among eleven contenders in the running for Best Feature Film, Hungarian director Attila Till’s gangster parody Kills on Wheels took top honors, receiving unanimous accolades from the jury.
Romanian director Monica Lãzurean-Gorgan’s A Mere Breath won Best Documentary Film, with Bulgaria’s The Good Postman (Anna Zamecka and Tonislav Hristov) and My Friend Boris Nemtsov (Zosya Rodkevichs), an Estonia-Russia production, earning honorable mention.
In the competition for Best Short Film, Russian director Vladimir Beldian’s The Buzzing of a Bumblebee came out on top, with Slovenia’s A New Home and Azerbaijan’s Shanghai, Baku falling close behind.
In the Promising Debuts category for the industry’s rising stars, Bulgarian directors Grigor Lefterov and Todor Matsanov’s drama Hristo stood out among eleven contenders.
The Audience Award in the category for Best Short Film went to Olga Kosanovic for Undercooling, while Train Driver’s Diary by Serbian director Miloš Radović won for Best Feature Film.
Finally, acclaimed Hungarian director and screenwriter Béla Tarr received a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by his friend and publicist Paul Lendvai, who called Tarr “modest, profoundly human and painfully audacious.” His opus includes the seven hour long 1994 epic Satan’s Tango and the 2011 existentialist parable The Turin Horse. A glistening Star of Urania trophy was presented as a token of his life’s work.
Commenting on his award, Tarr addressed the young, promising filmmakers in the audience with the following words: “Be brave. Don’t ever compromise, because you will see all your compromises on the screen.”