Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ritesh Batra, (The Lunch Box) won best director award at the 4th Odessa International Film Festival

4th Odessa International Film Festival took place in the beautiful Black Sea setting of the old city of Odessa, Ukraine - which is a major historical and cultural center and health resort of countrywide significance. Odessa is the birthplace of 'Ukrainian Hollywood': the most famous films by Sergei Eisenstein, Alexander Dovjenko, Dziga Vertov were shot here. The Closing Ceremony  of the 4-th Odessa International Film Festival was held in the Odessa National Theatre of Opera and Ballet. By the results of the public vote, Alexander Veledinsky’s film “The Geographer Drank His Globe Away” won the OIFF Main Award – Grand Prix. The International Jury with Alexander Rodnyansky at its head also announced the winners in the Best Film, Best director and Best Acting nominations. For the first time the Golden Duke for Best Ukrainian Feature Film was handed on the Opera House stage to the directors of the biopic “Paradjanov”. The details of the awards: 
Grand Prix (Audience Award)
The Geographer Drank his Globe Away
(Russia ) directed by Alexander Veledinsky 
Best Film : The Geographer Drank his Globe Away
(Russia) directed by Alexander Veledinsky
Best Ukrainian Feature Film: Paradjanov (Ukraine) directed by Serge Avedikian and Olena Fetisova , Best Director : Ritesh Batra, director of the Lunch Box (India),Best Acting : Lika Babluani and Mariam Bokeria, in
In Bloom (Georgia) directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß.

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