CULTURE

‘Eduart’ gets record 9 state awards at TIFF

Angeliki Antoniou’s «Eduart» earned a record nine State Awards at the 47th Thessaloniki International Film Festival which ended on Sunday night. The film, based on a real story, documents an Albanian criminal’s return to Greece to face justice for a crime he committed. Antoniou herself won prizes for fiction film (58,700 euros), direction (29,350 euros) and script (14,675 euros). Other prizes were awarded for the film’s set and costume design (Ioulia Stavridou), music score (Minos Matsas and Constantinos Christidis), sound (Nikos Papadimitriou), editing (Takis Yiannopoulos) and makeup (Fani Alexaki). Each of the last five awards were accompanied by a 5,870-euro cash prize. The second prize for a fiction film went to Dimitris Koutsiabassakos’s «The Guardian’s Son» (the director also received the award for best newcomer director), while Giorgos Stamboulopoulos’s «Pandora» came third. Vassilis Haralambopoulos won the best actor award for his work in the commercially successful «Extended Play,» directed by Yiannis Xanthopoulos, while Theodora Tzimou won best actress for «Pandora.» Supporting acting prizes went to Christos Stergioglou for «False Alarm,» directed by Katerina Evangelakou, and Maria Nafpliotou for «Soul Kicking,» directed by Yiannis Economidis. The cinematography prize was awarded to Aris Stavrou for his work in Nikos Panayiotopoulos’s «Dying in Athens.» In the documentary department, the awards went to Kimon Tsakiris’s «Sugartown: The Bridegrooms» and Antonis Boskoitis’s «Live at Kyttaro – Rock’n’Roll,» while the short films awarded were Angela Mylonakis’s «Bach & Bouzouki,» Ilia Dimitriou’s «Coat Fitting,» Irina Boiko’s «Besides the Blue-Blue Seaside,» and Bujar Alimani’s «Gas» (the last two tied for third place).