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Ladies and gentlemen ... The winner of the Grand Prix this year's Febiofest is.. a Swedish-Icelandic film Home (Hemma)! Its director Maximilian Hult will receive the Grand Prix at the Closing Ceremony today (28th of March 2014) along with € 5,000 as a reward. Another € 5,000 will be given to promote the distribution of the film.
The prize will be handed to the Director by the honorary chairman of this year's jury, Oscar-winning costume designer, Mr. Theodor Pištěk.
The jury praised the deeply human story, great acting and humor of the film. Among the views of jury evaluation, appeared these comments:
"Superbly rendered the characters that are very different and yet the director then connects them as a cure for loneliness."
"Precise and metered work with conventions. The romantic comedy, which was sensitive and funny as the main heroine.”
"Great civilian performances and quirky humor."
"Living film with an emphasis on the love between people and understanding the differences between people."
HEMMA takes part in New Europe Competition at the XXI International Film Festival Prague 20-28. March 2014.
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International Film Festival Prague – FEBIOFEST was founded in 1993 and has grown during the past years into one of the largest film festivals in the Czech Republic, which nevertheless still maintains its original profile as an audience-friendly festival.
The festival is oriented to full length films, bringing to Czech audiences the best of the last year, distribution premieres, retrospectives and tributes. It also discovers new territories and unknown filmmakers, and features special sections dedicated to gay and lesbian cinema, children’s films (FEBIOFEST JUNIOR), and even experimental films.
In recent years, FEBIOFEST has hosted renowned directors and actors such as Nanni Moretti, Claude Lelouch, Peter Weir, Olivier Assayas Roman Polanski, Volker Schloendorff, Isztvan Szabo, Tsai Ming-Liang, Tom Tykwer, Hal Hartley, Andrey Konchalovski, Armin Mueller Stahl, Nikita Michalkov, Carlos Saura and Claudia Cardinale.
Hemma opened the International filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg on Oct. 31st. The film has been very positively received by media and really enthusiastic audiences at the sold out screenings in the festival cinemas in Mannheim and Heidelberg. A short quote from Schwarzwaelder-Bote.de: "Eine Perle ist der schwedisch-isländische Film "Home"..."
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Sámi Nieida Jojk has been selected for Competition at the Nordic Short- & Documentary Film Festival, that takes place in Oulu, Finland in September 2007.