Marrakech Fest: Ivan Tverdovsky's 'Corrections Class' Takes Top Prize

Corrections Class Still - H 2014
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Corrections Class Still - H 2014

The Russian film was honored by a jury including Isabelle Huppert, Alan Rickman and Melanie Laurent

Marrakech marked the end of its 14th international film festival in an awards ceremony Saturday night that saw Ivan Tverdovsky's Corrections Class take home the top prize, the Golden Star. The Russian tale of the struggle of a special needs student was selected by a jury headed by actress Isabelle Huppert.

“We have been through amazing journeys. Incredible journeys, traveling sometimes very far. Not always such an easy trip, not always leisurely, but always passionate,” Huppert said about the sometimes tough material before announcing the winners.

“Cinema is a window into the world, and the world during this week was good sometimes, often very bad. But cinema has the power to turn into emotion, into light, into reflection," she said. "Movies are signals that are sent like flashes, that lighten up the darkness of the screening room."

At War (Chrieg), a gritty German-language Swiss film about teen kidnapping and violence, was awarded the festival's jury prize. Along with Huppert, the jury was comprised of actors Alan Rickman and Melanie Laurent and directors Bertrand Bonello, Mario Martone, Ritesh Batra, Cristian Mungiu and Moumen Smihi

The best director prize went to Indian director Aditya Vikram Sengupta for his depiction of working class Calcutta in Labour of Love.

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In the acting categories, Clotilde Hesme took the best actress prize for Alix Delaporte's The Last Hammer Blow, and young Benjamin Lutzke took home the best actor award for his portrayal of the kidnapping victim in jury prize-winner At War.

The winner Corrections Class also took home the top prizes at the Cottbus Festival of Eastern European Film last month and Karlovy Vary's East of the West program in July.

The ceremony took place before introducing the closing film, J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year, starring Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac.

The Cinecoles student film competition award went to Essam Doukhou's Dalto, the story of a young design student struggling with colorblindness, in a ceremony the previous night. The jury of president Abderrahmane Sissako, director Zoe Cassavetes and actors Ana Girardot, Driss Roukhe, Elisa Sednaoui and Gaspard Ulliel awarded Doukhou the €30,000 prize, which goes towards a second film.