'Las Acacias' Collects Grand Prize at IFF Bratislava

8:59 PM PST 11/09/2011 by Vladmir Kozlov

Vincent Garenq received the event's best director award.

MOSCOW -- Las Acacias, directed by Pablo Giorgelli and co-produced by Argentina and Spain, was awarded the Grand Prix for the Best Film at the closing ceremony of the International Film Festival Bratislava, held in the Slovak capital late on Nov. 9.

The drama, centered on Rubén, a lonely truck driver, and Jacinta, a young woman he picks up, also earned the FIPRESCI award.

French director Vincent Garenq collected the best director award for his film Présumé coupable (Guilty).

Denmark-born actress Iben Hjejle won the best actress award for her role in the Swedish film StockholmÖstra (Stockholm East), directed by Simon Kaijser. The best actor award went to the Czech Republic’s Ivan Trojan for his performance in Viditeľný svet (Visible World) by Slovak director Peter Krištúfek.

The Mexican film El Velador (The Night Watchman), directed by Natalia Almada, was awarded as the best documentary, and Dimanches (Sundays) by Belgium’s Valéry Rosier collected the best short film award.

The Viewers’ Choice award went to the British film Perfect Sense, directed by David Mackenzie.

Prach a ligot (Dust and Glitter)by Michaela Čopíková and Dom (The House) by Zuzana Liová shared the Best Slovak Film award.

The Award for Artistic Excellence in World Cinema went to the Czech Republic’s Zdeněk Svěrák and Jan Svěrák.

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