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Georgia's 'In Bloom' Wins Grand Prix at Almaty's Eurasia Film Festival

In Bloom Grzeli nateli dgeebi - H 2013
"In Bloom"

It is the latest in a raft of festival awards for the coming of age drama set in civil war torn Tbilisi.

MOSCOW -- A coming of age film about two young girls growing up against a background of civil war in Georgia in the 1990s took the grand prix of $20,000 at the closing of the 9th edition of the Eurasia Film Festival on Friday. 

The event, held in Almaty, a picturesque city at the base of the country’s towering Tien Shien eastern mountain range border with China, was the latest festival kudos for In Bloom, a Germany/France/Georgia coproduction by partner directors Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross.

FILM REVIEW: In Bloom (Grzeli Nateli Dgeebi)

The movie, which is also Georgias' nomination for best foreign language Oscar, has been collecting awards -- for best film and for the two young debutante actresses who feature in it -- as it makes its way around the festival circuit.

The film's French co-producer Guillaume De Seille was in Almaty to collect the award, voted on by a jury chaired by New Zealand director Jane Campion.

Best director, with a cash prize of $10,000, went to Kazakh filmmaker Serik Aprimov for The Little Brother, a film about the complex relations between two boys, one of which is estranged from his father.

Best actor went jointly to Koh Jian Ler, for his role in Singapore director Anthony Chen's Ilo Ilo and Italy's Carlo Cecchi for his part in Valeria Golino's Honey.

Best actress was also a joint prize to Jordis Triebel (My Sisters, a German/French production by Lars Kraume) and Elaheh Hasira for her part in Iran's Do Not Worry Sara by Alireza Amini.

The FIPRESCI critics' prize went to Wadjda, a Saudi Arabian/German coproduction directed by Haifaa Al Mansour and Asian cinema discovery and promotion body NETPAC gave kudos to two films: The Little Brother and Waiting for the Sea by Tajikistan-born director Bakhtyr Khudoinazarov.