Colombian director Laura Mora’s drama The Kings Of The World has clinched the Golden Eye for finest characteristic movie on the Zurich Film Festival.

The award follows sizzling on the heels of the movie’s triumph on the San Sebastian Film Festival precisely every week in the past, the place it world premiered after which gained the Golden Shell for finest movie.

The drama follows 5 road youngsters from Medellin who set off on a harmful journey into the Colombian hinterland, after one in all them is granted the proper to a bit of land taken from his household by paramilitaries, throughout the nation’s 52-year battle which displaced greater than 5 million individuals.

The Kings Of The World was produced by producer and director Cristina Gallego, whose credit embody Birds Of Passage and the Oscar-nominated The Embrace Of The Serpent.

The movie additionally beforehand screened to professionals as a part of the TIFF Industry Select line-up and heads to the Chicago Film Festival in October.

Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi headed up the Feature Film Competition jury, which additionally included Swiss director Petra Volpe, producer Daniel Dreifuss, Swedish producer Peter Gustafsson and U.Ok. director Clio Barnard.

“The film was one of many first movies we noticed and it left us with unforgettable pictures and scenes,” learn their jury assertion.

The Kings Of The World is meticulously crafted and brings us near the younger protagonists who combat for freedom and dignity. The lyrical movie language infuses the cruel actuality with a metaphysical dimension. It’s an vital and highly effective story concerning the marginalized in society.”

The jury additionally meted out particular mentions to U.S. duo Gina Gammell and Riley Keough’s War Pony and Iranian director Ali Asgari’s Until Tomorrow.

The Feature Film Competition is amongst three key competitors strands at Zurich alongside the Focus Competition, aimed toward movies from Switzerland, Germany and Austria, and the Documentary Film Competition.

Swiss director Elena Avdija’s Cascadeuses gained the Golden Eye within the Focus Competition. The characteristic follows three stuntwomen as they rise to the challenges of succeeding in a male-dominated trade.

U.S. producer Christine Vachon presided over the jury which additionally featured Swiss director
Fred Baillif, Austrian screenwriter Katharina Mückstein, Italian movie editor Maria Fantastica Valmori and Swiss journalist and presenter  Roger Schawinski.

They praised the movie’s “lovely path and robust cinematography, great sense of cinematic rhythm and its respect for its characters” in addition to its “unsentimental view” right into a world that’s not often seen. The jury additionally gave a particular point out to Carmen Jacquier for Foudre.

U.S. director Reed Harkness’s Sam Now gained the Golden Eye within the Documentary Competition.

In the work, Reed follows his half-brother’s emotional highway journey via Washington, Oregon and California to reconnect with the mom who walked out on him and his household when he was 14 years outdated.

Romanian filmmaker Alexander Nanau was the president of the jury which additionally featured North Macedonia filmmaker Atanas Georgiev, Swiss producer Joëlle Bertossa, Czech producer Nina Numankadić and Indian director Sushmit Ghosh.

“The movie stood out to all of us because the best that cinema can do. Which is sending the viewer on a journey of introspection and questioning of human life and human relationships. In our loopy and collapsing world, having the ability to perceive, settle for and attain for the others is definitely essential to recollect,” learn the jury assertion.

The documentary jury additionally handed out particular mentions to Anna Shishova’s The New Greatness Case and Matt Sarnecki’s The Killing Of A Journalist.

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