'Don’t Forget Me' Sweeps Turin Film Festival Awards

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Armando Iannucci’s 'The Death of Stalin' won the FIPRESCI Award.

The 35th Turin Film Festival has concluded, with a slew of honors being given out to its international lineup.

The best film award was given to Ram Nehari’s Israeli film Don’t Forget Me, a dark comedy about a woman struggling from an eating disorder who finds love in the form of a socially awkward tuba player. The film also was honored in the best actor and actress categories. 

Chilean director Pablo Larrain served as president of the international jury, whose members also included Gillies MacKinnon (U.K.), Petros Markaris (Greece), Santiago Mitre (Argentina) and Isabella Ragonese (Italy).

Armando Iannucci won the FIPRESCI Award for his new film The Death of Stalin, a comedy depicting the chaotic days following the Soviet dictator’s passing.

Don’t Forget Me's Nitai Gvirtz was awarded the best actor prize, and the film's Moon Shavit shared in best actress honors with Daphne's Emily Beecham.

Chloe Mahieu and Lila Pinell received the best screenplay award for Kiss and Cry. The film also shared the special jury award with Jacopo Quadri’s Lorello e Brunello.

Speak-up! by Stephane De Freitas won the audience award. The documentary follows college students through an annual oratory competition outside of Paris.

In the main documentary competition, M-1 from Luciano Perez Savoy took home the best film award for its portrait of Sarajevo. And Christophe Agou’s Sans Adieu won the special jury award.

Best Italian documentary honors went to Diorama by Demetrio Giacomelli, and the Italian documentary special jury prize was awarded to Talien by Elia Moutamid.

The 2018 Turin Film Festival is set to run Nov. 23-Dec. 1.