Laura Mora’s ‘The Kings of the World’ takes top feature prize in Zurich

Colombian director Laura Mora’s drama king of the world It has won the Golden Eye Award for Best Feature Film at the Zurich Film Festival.

The award debuted exactly a week earlier after the film won the film at the San Sebastian Film Festival, where it had its world premiere and then won the Golden Shell for Best Film.

The play follows five street kids from Medellin who embark on a perilous journey into the Colombian hinterland, one of them being given the right to a piece of land taken from their family by paramilitary forces during the country’s 52-year conflict. who has been displaced. more than five million people.

king of the world was produced by producer and director Christina Gallego, whose credits include birds of the way and Oscar nominated snake hug,

The film was also previously shown to professionals as part of the TIFF Industry Select line-up and premiered at the Chicago Film Festival in October.

Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi led the feature film competition jury, which also included Swiss director Petra Volpe, producer Daniel Dreyfus, Swedish producer Peter Gustafsson and UK director Cleo Barnard.

“This film was one of the first films we saw and it left us with unforgettable images and scenes,” read their jury statement.

,king of the world It has been carefully crafted and brings us closer to the young heroes who fight for freedom and dignity. The lyrical film language infuses harsh reality with a spiritual dimension. It is an important and powerful story about marginalized people in the society.”

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The jury also made special mentions of American duo Gina Gammel and Riley Keough. war pony and Iranian director Ali Asghari till tomorrow,

The Feature Film Competition is one of three major competitions in Zurich, along with the Focus Competition, aimed at films from Switzerland, Germany and Austria, and the Documentary Film Competition.

Swiss director Elena Avdija cascades Won the Golden Eye in the Focus Competition. The feature follows three stuntwomen as they face the challenges of being successful in a male-dominated industry.

American producer Christine Vachon presided over the jury which also included a Swiss director.
Fred Bailiff, Austrian screenwriter Katharina Mückstein, Italian film editor Maria Fantastica Valmori and Swiss journalist and presenter Roger Schavinsky.

He praised the film’s “beautiful direction and strong cinematography, an amazing sense of cinematic rhythm and respect for its characters”, as well as its “dissatisfying approach” in a world rarely visited. The jury also gave a special mention to Carmen Jacquier. foudre,

American director Reed Harkness sam now Won Golden Eye in documentary competition.

In the work, Reid follows his half-brother’s emotional road trip through Washington, Oregon and California to reconnect with the mother who moved out of him and his family when he was 14.

Romanian filmmaker Alexander Nanau was the chairman of the jury, which also included North Macedonian filmmaker Atanas Georgiev, Swiss producer Joel Bertosa, Czech producer Nina Numandi and Indian director Sushmit Ghosh.

“Film is the best that cinema can do for all of us. Which sends the audience on a journey of introspection and question-answering of human life and human relationships. In our crazy and crumbling world, being able to understand, accept, and reach out to others is certainly the key to remember,” read the jury’s statement.

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The documentary jury also handed over special mentions to Anna Shishova. new greatness Case and Matt Sarnecki murder of a journalist,