'The Great Beauty' Wins Grand Prix at Tallinn IFF Black Nights

Koji Fukada is awarded best director for "Hotori no sakuko (Au revoir l' été)."

MOSCOW -- The Italian/French co-production La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty), directed by Paolo Sorrentino, collected the Grand Prix at the 17th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, which drew to a close in the Estonian capital on Nov. 30.

The movie, focused on the story of Jep Gambardella, “the symbol of Roman decadence,” who seduced his way through the exquisite Rome nightlife for decades. The title also picked up the best cinematography award for its DOP Luca Bigazzi.

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The best director award went to Japan’s Koji Fukada for Hotori no sakuko (Au revoir l' été).

Russian actor Maxim Sukhanov, the star of Konstantin Lopushansky’s Rol (Role) was awarded as the best actor, and Juliette Binoche was proclaimed the best actress for her role in Bruno Dumont’s Camille Claudel 1915.

The jury’s special prize was shared by the Taiwanese film Stray Dogs, directed by Ming-liang Tsai, and the Ukrainian/French/Armenian/Georgian co-production Paradjanov, directed by Serge Avedikian and Olena Fetisova.

Hross í oss (Of Horses and Men) by Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson won the main prize of Tridens, a competition of debut films from the Baltic states and Northern Europe. The movie also collected the FIPRESCI award.

Mandariinid (Tangerines) by Zaza Urushadze was awarded the best Estonian film.

Hungarian director István Szabó collected a lifetime achievement award.