Snow and Moscow, Belgium: Two Movies Win Critics Week Awards

Cannes Film Fest 2008–Aida Begic’s Snow and Christophe Van Rompaey’s Moscow Belgium shared out top honors at the 47th International Critics’ Week.

Meanwhile, a young jury gave thumbs up to Pablo Fendrik’s family tale “Blood Appears.”

Begic’s feature debut Snow, a war-set tale of a mountain village cut off by winter’s first snow, won the International Critics’ Week Grand Prix. For Begic, the top prize marks a triumphant return to Cannes where she had screened her short, “First Death Experience,” in the Official Selection in 2002.

Belgian Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem, a producer-writer, earned further recognition taking Pat Van Beirs’ 3,000 euros ($4,791) Sacd screenwriter award for Moscow, Belgium.

Rompaey himself picked up the Acid/Ccas $6,400 cash prize for “Moscow, Belgium’s” theatrical distribution in France.

French or German high school students adjudicated the Ofaj/TV5Monde (Very) Young Critics award to Pablo Fendrik’s father-son face-off drama “Blood Appears.”

Canal Plus France took broadcast rights to Canal Plus Grand Prix, for best short, Denis Villeneuve’s absurdist banquet drama “Next Floor.” “Skhizein,” a Gallic toon short from Jeremy Clapin about a man struck by a meteor, nabbed the Kodak Short Film Discovery Prize, worth $4,800.

WINNERS ARE:

CRITIC’S WEEK GRAND PRIX
“Snow,” (Aida Becic, Bosnia-Herzegovina-Gernany-France)

SACD SCREENWRITER PRIZE
Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem and Pat Van Beirs (“Moscow Belgium,” Belgium)

ACCID/CCAS AID
“Moscow Belgium,” (Christophe Van Rompaey, Belgium)

OFAJ/TV5MONDE (VERY) YOUNG CRITICS AWARD
“Blood Appears” (Pablo Fendrik, Argentina)

CANAL PLUS FRANCE SHORT FILM GRAND PRIX
“Next Floor” (Denis Villeneuve, Canada)

KODAK SHORT FILM DISCOVERY PRIZE
“Skhizein,” (Jeremy Clapin, France)