Saturday 08 March 2014
MANUSCRIPTS DON'T BURN, NE ME QUITTE PAS, TOM AT THE FARM and CRASH REEL victorious at the 2014 DISCOVERY ZONE, LUXEMBOURG CITY FILM FESTIVAL
The international jury, consisting of Kate O'Toole, Emily Atef, Clémence Poésy, Lucinda Syson and Frank Hoffmann, awarded its GRAND PRIZE By Orange, worth €10,000, to the Iranian film MANUSCRIPTS DON'T BURN by Mohammad Rasoulof. Special mention was given to the Icelandic film OF HORSES AND MEN by Benedikt Erlingsson.
The BGL BNP Paribas documentary prize, worth €5,000 and awarded for the first time this year by a jury made up of Marie-Josèphe Pierron-Moinel, Anne Schroeder, Simone Stewens, Fabrice Montebello and Michel Wouters, went to the Belgian-Dutch documentary NE ME QUITTE PAS by Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden.
The Critics' Prize was awarded to the Canadian film TOM AT THE FARM by Xavier Dolan. The jury was composed of Karolina Markiewicz (d'Lëtzebuerger Land), Christian Mosar (Radio 100.7), Julien Pleis (Novo and Zut), Cordula Schnuer (wort.lu) and Amélie Vrla (Le Jeudi). Emir Baigazin's film HARMONY LESSONS received special mention from the press jury.
Also awarded for the first time this year, the Youth Jury prize was given to THE CRASH REEL by Lucy Walker, with special mention for SHORT TERM 12 by Destin Daniel Cretton. The members of the Youth Jury were Perlita Braquet, Noah Fohl, Léa Giordano, Laurent Schiltz, Maki Spahic, Lynn Weber and Marie Weber.
The Audience Prize by Orange was awarded to HER by Spike Jonze. Following a voters' prize draw, Florian Rogojan won a year's free cinema tickets.
All the prizes were awarded at the festival's closing evening on Saturday 8 March at Utopolis, where the film THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY by Hossein Amini was screened in the presence of the actress Daisy Bevan.
About 12,700 tickets were sold at the festival cinemas. In all, some 17,200 people took part in the festival's various events.
These figures remain to be confirmed, with the festival continuing until Sunday evening. However, we can already say that the festival has succeeded in maintaining and even exceeding its spectacular growth of last year, recording a further increase of nearly 19% across all its events.