Zehao Gao's 'To Kill a Watermelon' Wins Grand Prix at Warsaw Film Festival

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'To Kill a Watermelon'

Joan Chemla was hailed as best director for 'If You Saw His Heart.'

Sha Gua (To Kill a Watermelon), from Chinese director Zehao Gao, was awarded the Grand Prix of the 33rd Warsaw International Film Festival, which drew to a close Saturday in the Polish capital.

Also among the winners were French director Joan Chemla, who received best director honors for Si tu voyais son coeur (If You Saw His Heart).

The special jury award went to Allen Dizon and Angelie Sanoy, the stars of Bomba (The Bomb) by Philippine director Ralston Gonzales Jover.

A special mention was given to the Slovenia/Croatia co-production Rudar (The Miner), helmed by Hanna Slak.

The jury of the 1-2 competition, which included directors’ first and second features, presented its award to the Danish film Charmoren (The Charmer), directed by Milad Alami.

Norwegian filmmaker Kim Hiorthoy's The Rules for Everything won the Free Spirit competition.

The best documentary feature award went to Arunas Matelis' Nuostabieji luzeriai (Wonderful Losers), a Lithuania-Latvia-Italy-Belgium co-production.

The festival also hosted Warsaw Industry Days, a reformed version of its traditional industry events.