Parviz Shahbazi’s 'Malaria' Wins Grand Prix at Warsaw International Film Festival

Malaria - Still 2 - H - 2016
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The Iranian filmmaker took home the top prize, while Icelandic helmer Guomundur Arnar Guomundsson received best director honors for the drama ‘Heartstone.'

Malaria, by Iranian director Parviz Shahbazi, was awarded the Grand Prix at the 32nd Warsaw International Film Festival, which drew to a close Saturday in the Polish capital.

Guomundur Arnar Guomundsson collected the best director prize for the Iceland/Denmark co-production Hjartasteinn (Heartstone).

The special jury award went to actor Ahmad Thaher for his role in Mahmoud al Massad's Inshalla Istafadet (Blessed Benefit), co-produced by Jordan, Germany and the Netherlands, with a special mention to Heartstone's star Baldur Einarson.

Heartstone also picked up the ecumenical jury's award.

The jury of the 1-2 competition, in which directors’ first and second features competed, gave its award to Toril by French helmer Laurent Teyssier.

Komunia (Communion) by Poland's Anna Zamecka was tapped as best documentary, and the Sweden/Denmark film Jatten (The Giant) won the award in the Free Spirit competition.

The fest also hosted the 12th edition of CentEast Market, which showcased recently completed films and works in progress from Central and Eastern Europe.