XIX Minsk IFF Listapad ends in Minsk

19th Minsk International Film Festival Listapad, the most important film forum in Belarus, was held in Minsk on Nov 2nd-9th, 2012   

Every year Minsk guests and residents look forward to the Festival, the program of which presents a collection of the most significant films of the year highly acclaimed with the most prestigious awards at international film festivals in Europe and CIS countries.

In 2012 74 films were presented within feature, documentary and children and youth film programs. In whole about 180 films were shown at the Festival.

Main Festival awards were given out by professional jurors – recognized film experts. Russian director and world-known scriptwriter Andrey Zvyagintsev, Ukrainian actor and director Georgiy Deliev, Belarusian directors Igor Volchek and Galina Adamovich, Armenian film critic and Golden Apricot Film Festival Artistic Director Susanna Harutyunyan, American film producer Christine K. Walker, Hungarian director and Cannes Film Festival prize-winner Agnes Kocsis, French directors Stephane and David Foenkinos, top cinematographers from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, UK and France were among the jurors.

Festival Grand-Prix “Golden Listapad” was awarded to the film “In the Fog” (dir. Sergei Loznitsa) based on the novel by the classic of Belarusian literature Vasili Bykov. Listapad Silver Award was given to the film “Beyond the Hills” (Romania, dir. Cristian Mungiu), Listapad Bronze Audience Award was given to the family tragicomedy “My Father’s Bike” (Poland, dir. Piotr Trzaskalski). Among the other awards are “Best Director” Award given to Vasily Sigarev (film “Living”, Russia); Yury Marukhin Memorial Award for Best Cinematography given to Aadel Nodeh-Farahani (film “Kolka Cool”, Latvia, dir. Juris Poškus) for Visual magic of translating reality; Special Prize of the Main Competition Jury - for a brilliant opening a new dimension in a comedy genre – to the film “Short Stories” (Russia, dir. Mikhail Segal); International Jury of Youth on the March Competition awarded a prize to the film “Lore” (dir. Cate Shortland, Germany - Australia).

More than 100 brightest author’s works by the world’s top directors were presented within out of competition programs including Belarusian Panorama, Russian Premieres, Visions of Germany as well as Stefan Uher Retrospective (Slovakia), Sarunas Bartas Retrospective (Lithuania), Nagisa Oshima Retrospective (Japan).

The films from 35 countries (Russia, Serbia, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, France, Ukraine, Lithuania, Argentina, Mexico, Australia, Canada etc.) were presented at the 19th Minsk IFF Listapad.

World’s top cinematographers and well-known Russian and European actors were among the guests of the Festival this year: Andrea Ferreol, Hans Weingartner, Emilia Zimkova, Sarunas Bartas, Ilmar Raag, Vasily Sigarev, Yana Troyanova, Ekaterina Strizhenova, Ada Rogovtseva, Marat Basharov, Dmitri Kharatyan, Igor Ugolnikov, Karen Shakhnazarov, as well as about 250 journalists including foreign media representatives (USA, Russia, Kazakhstan, France etc.).

International jurors highly appreciated the Festival program and mentioned high professional level of the festival organization.

2012 Festival edition became a logical continuation of the cinema popularization in Belarus.

During the Festival week more than 30 000 viewers attended the screenings which is the evidence of an ever-growing audience interest and corresponds to the Listapad 2012 slogan – We love cinema.