Sergey Loznitsa's 'My Joy' Awarded Grand Prix at the International Film Festival Molodist

Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjarne Nilsson's "Sound of Noise" wins feature competition, audience award.


KIEV – Sergey Loznitsa's Schastye Moyo (My Joy) collected the Grand Prix of the 40th international film festival Molodist at the closing ceremony held in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital on Sunday evening.

The first feature effort of the established documentary filmmaker, co-produced by Germany, Holland and Ukraine and premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival, picked up the Scythian Deer statuette and a $10,000 cash prize.

The Swedish/French movie Sound of Noise, co-directed by Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjarne Nilsson, was announced the winner of the feature film competition and also collected the audience award.

The best short film award of the festival, which traditionally focuses on young filmmakers, went to the French film Majorite opprimee (Oppressed Majority) by Eleonore Pourriat and GirlLikeMe by British director Rowland Jobson.

Ich bin's Helmut (It's Me, Helmut) by Germany's Nicolas Steiner was awarded as the best student film, and Itt Vagyok (Here I Am) by Hungary's Szimler Balint collected a special diploma in the same nomination.

The Yves Montand prize for the best young actor went to Mexican actress Monica del Carmen for her role in Ano Bisiesto (Leap Year).

Dmytro Tyazhlov's Ya pamyatnyk sobi (I Am a Monument to Myself) was awarded as the best film of the "Ukrainian Panorama" program, focused on Ukrainian cinema.

The Boat Meeting co-production market, which also came to a close Sunday in Kiev within the framework of the international film festival Molodist, brought together producers from Eastern and Western Europe.

Among eight projects selected for presentation to potential co-producers and financiers during the event organized in cooperation with the Baltic Event for East, Media International and EAVE, were the Ireland/Romanian production Eastern Block, directed by Irina Maldea, Ukrainian/Swedish Brothersdirected by Victoria Trofimenko and Ukrainian/German/Serbian Same Way, directed by Darya Onyshchenko.

One of the producers presenting projects told The Hollywood Reporter that the co-production market was overall good but the format may need some improvement in the future. "Opportunities were explored and we entered positive discussions with one or two potential partners that weren't expected," she said. "The event's format wasn't the best standard and needs work for future years as it lacked communication [between] participants. It could help to have more 'real' potential partners, not just funding agencies present, to make it more useful."