Awards for 2016

Gold Hugo

New Directors Competition

WINNER

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki: Juho Kuosmanen
"The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki boasts an astonishing confidence of vision and execution with its story of a boxer struggling to focus on his preparation for the world championship while his feelings for a woman are threatening to eclipse that very ambition. Told with gorgeous black & white cinematography, pure emotion and a sense of humor, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki offers nuanced and naturalistic performances and originality with its many potent choices. It is a fresh film for all of the senses."

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Live Action Short

WINNER

Mother: Simón Mesa Soto
"Madre is a powerful portrayal of the emotional trauma and desperation of a teenage girl exploited by the porn industry. The film masterfully depicts the innocence and the desperation of the young girl, her inner pain, and the brutality of the business with a subtle quiet intimate approach, (and minimal use of actors and settings) through beautiful cinematography that moves from brightness towards darkness as the film concludes with the girl's moments of realization. For this we award the Gold Hugo to Madre by Simon Mesa Soto."

Short Film Awards - Live Action

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Huh: Filip Kojic (director)

Documentary Competition

WINNER

Samuel in the Clouds: Pieter Van Eecke
"The Gold Hugo goes to a visually astonishing and quietly heartbreaking film that makes you experience climate change, not just think about it. In a humble cabin at the top of the world, science and spirituality might offer possible solutions to the frightening changes that endanger our future. Subtle yet urgent, modest yet ambitious, this film challenges us to confront the reality of global warming, but like its main character, it encourages us to keep hope alive."

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Best Feature

WINNER

Sieranevada: Cristi Puiu
"The registration of what seems to be reality instead of fiction on any level is shown as if it took no effort at all. This film is an incredible cinematic achievement and fully immerses the audience in a family gathering and makes us aware of them not only on a personal level but also embodies the spirit of the times we live in. The award for Best Film goes to Sieranevada by Cristi Puiu."

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Silver Hugo

Best Actor

WINNER

Graduation: Adrian Titieni
"For the subtle yet hard-hitting impression he delivered of a father getting himself into corruption for which he pays a heavy price. His portrayal of his love for his daughter as well as his pushiness to control her future is extremely captivating. The award for Best Actor goes to Adrian Titieni in Graduation."

Best Actress

WINNER

Christine: Rebecca Hall
"For a truly chilling performance depicting a woman on a downwards spiral. Both her neurotic outbursts and also her fragility have made an unforgettable impression on us. The award for Best Actress goes to Rebecca Hall in Christine."

Best Director

WINNER

Sieranevada: Cristi Puiu
"For seamless control over a large cast that is as natural and true to life as it can be and for the placement of the camera as an extremely intimate observer. The award for Best Director goes to Cristi Puiu for Sieranevada."

New Directors Competition

WINNER

Fado: Jonas Rothlaender
"Fado is a disturbing yet compelling exploration of jealousy that plunges the audience into the emotional turmoil of the characters psyche. Assured direction by Jonas Rothlaender takes the viewer on a reluctant yet compelling journey that concisely articulates the dangers of extreme male entitlement."

Best Screenplay

WINNER

Graduation: Cristian Mungiu
"For a narration that works with suspense as well as slice of life, creating a who-dun'-it story structure while staying emotionally extremely close to the main character, the prize goes to Cristian Mungiu for the masterfully narrated Graduation."

Best Cinematography

WINNER

Ostatnia rodzina: Kacper Fertacz
"For creating a beautifully claustrophobic atmosphere which both sets the mood of the time as well as being incredibly immersive, showing a neighborhood in all it's detail. The award for Best Cinematography goes to Kacper Fertacz for The Last Family."

Best Art Direction

WINNER

Ostatnia rodzina: Jagna Janicka
"For the extremely detailed portrayal a family's living space over decades; chaotic yet controlled. The award for Best Production Design goes to Jagna Janicka for The Last Family."

Best Animated Short

WINNER

Moms on Fire: Joanna Rytel
"This is an animated short which uses stop motion claymation and creates a audacious and authentic commentary on pregnancy, family values, isolation and everyday mendacity. Using ordinary settings, intricately detailed art, unique character design, and a hilarious screenplay, the filmmaker constructs an evolved sensibility for a familiar animated format. Sex, marshmallows and Jamaica will never be the same, and for this we award the Silver Hugo to Moms on Fire by Joanna Rytel."

Best Short Film

WINNER

Rhapsody (short film): Constance Meyer (director) (Silex Films (production company), Carmen Films (production company))

Best Documentary

WINNER

Where You're Meant to Be: Paul Fegan
"The Silver Hugo goes to a film that presents complex contradictory characters with a light touch. It is surprisingly emotional and celebrates the risks involved in making art, and with great spirit, brings the past to life."

Special Jury Prize

WINNER

The Salesman: Asghar Farhadi
"A film that gives us unique insight into the problems that arise from a case of sexual assault and the way an Iranian society deals with it. At the same time, the film is an immensely powerful tale of revenge that is universal and, in this case, told in a realistic way which features extremely painful dilemmas. It is a tale which uncovers the human condition on many levels. The Special Jury Prize goes to The Salesman by Asghar Farhadi."

Gold Plaque

Best Animated Short Film

WINNER

Blind Vaysha: Theodore Ushev
"This animated short is presented through a compelling woodcut style to tell a simple fable of vision and blindness, through a character who can only see the past in one eye and future in the other. The sumptuous expression of the animation has a fluid beauty which culminates in a vital and necessary philosophy. For evoking the importance of staying in focus, in an unforgettable visual journey, we award a gold plaque to Blind Vaysha by Theodore Ushev."

Best Documentary Short

WINNER

Moriom: Mark Olexa, Francesca Scalisi
"This beautifully photographed, yet harrowing film challenges our understanding of the truth when a young Bangledeshi woman shares a story of her violent assault, changing the course of her life and her parents perception of their daughter forever. For this we award a Gold Plaque to Moriom by Francesca Scalisi and Mark Olexa."

Audience Choice Award

Best Short Film

WINNER

Best Documentary Feature

WINNER

Best Narrative Feature

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Q Hugo Award

Best Feature

WINNER

Heartstone: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
"For its piercingly honest portrait of adolescent sexuality, its alternately tough and warm empathy, and for how it effortlessly and evocatively captures a place and time, the Gold Q Hugo Awards goes to Heartstone."

Silver Q Hugo Award

Best Feature

WINNER

Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau
"For its erotic daring and its exploration of time and passion in their rawest and most intimate forms, the Silver Q Hugo goes to Paris 05:59."

Roger Ebert Award

New Directors Competition

WINNER

Kills on Wheels: Attila Till
"Attila Till's genre-mashing and certainly surprising Kills on Wheels takes us through the looking glass into the world of handicapped assassins. A highly entertaining dark comedy and action-thriller, the film is distinguished by the equanimity with which it treats its protagonists, who are rarely seen on the silver screen. This is a movie with cojones."

Short Film Awards

Competition

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