Saturday, August 19, 2017

Poland's T-Mobile New Horizons film festival awards Grand Prix to "Celestial Wives of Meadow Mari"

The rural Russian film "Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari," which was directed by Alexander Fedorchenko, recently received the Grand Prix award and a $27,000 cash prize at the 13th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland.

The decision was made by an international jury headed by Hungary's Bela Tarr, Screen Daily reports.

The jury also included Polish filmmaker Joanna Kos-Krauze and Berlinale Forum Director Christoph Terhechte. The decision was announced on Saturday evening ahead of the Polish premiere of Malgorzata Szumowska's "In The Name Of."

The film made its world premiere at last year's Rome Film Festival. It won three awards in June, including for best script, best cinematography and the Prize of the Russian Guild of Film Scholars and Film Critics at the Kinotavr Open Russian Film Festival in Sochi, according to Screen Daily.

The film was produced by Anton Mazurov's Moscow-based Ant!pode Sales and Distribution for $2 million. The film explores the Russian Mari people and their pagan rituals in the remote Ural Mountains.

Fedorchenko is currently working on his third collaboration with novelist-screenwriter Denis Osokin on an adaptation of "Angels and Revolution," which won the Debut Prize in 2001. The filming is set to begin at the end of August in Russia's Sverdlovsk Oblast region, Screen Daily reports.

Wroclaw's Grand Prix is the second top award to go to one of Ant!pode's films in the last week. The tragicomedy "The Geographer Drank His Globe Away" by Alexander Veledisnky took home the Grand Prix and best film prize at Odessa.