'Crystal Swan' Wins Grand Prix at Odessa Festival

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'Crystal Swan'

'Pity' received the international competition's best film award.

Crystal Swan, a Belarus/Germany/Russia/U.S. co-production directed by Darya Zhuk, was awarded the Grand Prix of Odessa International Film Festival at the closing ceremony held in the Ukrainian port city July 21.

Pity, by Greek director Babis Makridis, picked up the international competition's best film award. Makridis also collected the best director award.

The jury's special mention went to the Romania-France film Pororoca, directed by Constantin Popescu.

Victor Polster collected the best performance award for Girl by Belgian director Lukas Dhont.

Home Games by Alisa Kovalenko, co-produced by Ukraine, France and Poland, was awarded the best European documentary prize.

Delta, directed by Oleksandr Techynskyi, collected the best film award in the Ukrainian national competition.

British Golden Globe-winning actress Jaqueline Bisset collected a lifetime achievement Golden Duke award.

Odessa IFF, Ukraine's main international film event, was held for the ninth time this year.