Uberto Pasolini’s Still Life was awarded the Reykjavik International Film Festival’s top prize, The Golden Puffin, on Sunday night (Oct 6).
Screening in Riff’s 12-film New Visions competition for first and second films, Still Life also won the festival’s Fipresci Prize. Director Pasolini was in attendance to accept the award during the closing ceremony at the Icelandic capital’s historic Gamla Bio theatre.
The competition jury, which consisted of Wide Management founder Loïc Magneron, author and political activist Luciana Castellina and former Icelandic president Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, said in a statement that it had unanimously agreed to give the first prize to Still Life “for its artistic quality, but also for the sensitivity and touching human message the director succeeds to underline”.
Two films in New Visions were also given special mentions by the jury: Alexandros Avranas’ Miss Violence and Yuval Adler