Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky collected a lifetime achievement award at Odessa International Film Festival’s closing ceremony, held in the Ukrainian Black Sea port city this past Saturday.
“It’s a little strange to get a lifetime achievement award when I feel not that old,” said Aronofsky as he accepted the award, going on to joke about retiring. “But now that I have it I can retire and make no more films. So, I am going to move to Odessa, get a house on the beach and just have a party for the next 40 years.”
Before announcing the winners, the jury of the national competition program expressed its support for Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who has been jailed by Russian authorities on terrorism charges for more than a year.
The national competition’s best film award went to Eva Neymann’s Song of Songs.
The international competition’s Grand Prix went to the Turkish film Mustang, which premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film’s director, Deniz Gamze Erguven, also picked up the best director award.
Israeli actress Tamar Alkan collected the best acting award for her role in The Man in the Wall, directed by Evgeny Ruman.