2017 Films

BOTA 
dir. Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci, 1hr 44min
Presented in Albanian with English subtitles.

“One week at the Bota café. Nothing happens. Everything happens.” (imdb.com)

AWARDS
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014 – Won (FEDEORA Award | Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci), Nominated (East of West Award | Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci)
San Francisco International Film Festival 2015 – Nominated (Golden Gate Award, New Director | Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci)

Presented by the Albanian-Canadian Association of Calgary.

BLOCKBUSTER: LIFE IN MOVING PICTURES | BLOCKBUSTER: DAS LEBEN IST EIN FILM 
dir. Vlado Priborsky, 1hr 47min
Presented in German with English subtitles.

“This is the life story of Vlado, born behind the Iron Curtain in Kurim, in the former Czechoslovakia. When he is 12 years old his parents decide to move to Vienna. What follows is the discovery of a whole new world, the world of movies. Soon young Vlado’s passion for films results in his own short films. And from the beginning at the back of his mind, the desire to someday make a feature film.” (imdb.com)

AWARDS
Austrian Filmfestival 2016 – Nominated (Austrian Indie Adler, Best Film | Vlado Priborsky (director), Independent Works (production company))
California Film Awards 2016 – Won (Silver Award, Foreign Film Competition | Vlado Priborsky (director), Independent Works (production company))
Golden Diana 2015 – Nominated (Golden Diana, Best Film | Vlado Priborsky (director), Independent Works (production company))
Headline International Film Festival 2016 – Won (Festival Award Best Feature Narrative | Vlado Priborsky (director), Independent Works (production company))
Los Angeles Cinefest 2016 – Nominated (Los Angeles Cinefest Award, Best Feature Film | Vlado Priborsky (director), Independent Works (production company))
Los Angeles World International Film Festival 2016 – Won (Grand Jury Prize, Best Life Story Film | Vlado Priborsky (director), Independent Works (production company))
North American Film Awards 2016 – Won (Silver Jury Award, Best Drama Feature Film | Vlado Priborsky (director), Independent Works (production company))
Wild Rose Independent Film Festival 2016 – Won (Distinctive Achievement Award, Best International Film | Vlado Priborsky (director), Best Director – Feature Film | Vlado Priborsky (director)), Won (WRIFF Award, Best Actor – Feature Film | Wolfgang Rauh (actor), Nominated (WRIFF Award, Best Ensemble Casting | Vlado Priborsky (director))

Presented by the Austrian Consulate of Calgary.

DIRECTIONS | POSOKI (2017)
dir. Steven Komandarev, 1hr 43 min
Presented in Bulgarian with English subtitles.

“A road movie set in present day Bulgaria, a country remains optimistic, mainly because all the realists and pessimists have left.” (imdb.com)

AWARDS
Cannes Film Festival 2017 – Nominated (Un Certain Regard Award | Stephan Komandarev)
Sarajevo Film Festival 2017 – Nominated (Heart of Sarajevo, Best Film | Stephan Komandarev)

Presented by the Calgary Bulgarian Society.

Zg80 (2016)
dir. Igor Seregi, 1hr 30min
Presented in Croatian with English subtitles.

“Zg80 is a prequel of Metastaze. The movie brings back its characters to prewar Yugoslavia where they, as part of Bad Blue Boys, go on a football match in Belgrade to see Dinamo play against Crvena Zvezda. They encounter guest fans, their arch rivals Delije, in a series of events that lead to football fans war on the streets of Belgrade.” (imdb.com)

AWARDS
Pula Film Festival 2016 – Won (Golden Arena for Best Make-Up | Bianka Žugelj and Tatjana Tomišić, Golden Gate of Pula Audience Award | ZG80Igor Šeregi)

Presented by the Croatian Canadian Cultural Centre.

THE STOPOVER | VOIR DU PAYS (2016)
dir. Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin, 1hr 42 min
Presented in French with English subtitles.

“Two young French soldiers take a three-day leave in Cyprus after finishing their tour of duty in Afghanistan.” (imdb.com)

AWARDS
Cairo International Film Festival 2016 – Nominated (Golden Pyramid, Best Film | Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin)
Cannes Film Festival 2016 – Won (Un Certain Regard – Screenplay Prize | Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin), Nominated (Un Certain Regard Award | Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin)

Presented by the Alliance Française de Calgary and Société cInéMAGINE de l’Alberta.

WELCOME TO GERMANY | WILLKOMMEN BEI DEN HARTMANNS (2016)
dir. Simon Verhoeven, 1 hr 56min
Presented in German with English subtitles.

“A well-off Munich family offers boarding to a refugee. Diallo from Nigeria soon makes friends among the family members, but they are tested when they have to face racism, bureaucracy and terror suspicions because of him.” (imdb.com)

AWARDS
Bavarian Film Awards 2017 – Won (Audience Award, Best Film | Simon Verhoeven (director), Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion (production company), Sentana Filmproduktion (production company)), Won (Bavarian Film Award, Best Production (Produzentenpreis)| Quirin Berg Max, Wiedemann, Michael Verhoeven, Simon Verhoeven)
German Film Awards 2017 – Won (Audience Award, Highest grossing Film of the Year), Nominated (Film Award in Gold, Outstanding Feature Film (Bester Spielfilm) | Quirin Berg, Max Wiedemann, Simon Verhoeven, Michael Verhoeven)
German Film Critics Association Awards 2017 – Nominated (German Film Critics Award, Best Actor (Bester Darsteller)| Eric Kabongo)
Jupiter Award 2017 Nominated (Jupiter Award, Best German Film | Munich Film Festival 2017), Won (German Cinema Award for Peace, Best National Director | Simon Verhoeven)

Presented by the Association for German Education in Calgary.

LINES (2016)
dir. Vasilis Mazomenos, 1hr 28min
Presented in Greek with English subtitles.

“Greece nowadays. Seven different stories about seven persons who have already reached their limits and finally fall apart. Despite their seemingly obvious connection they are simultaneously connected through a common desperate action: the last phone call to the psychological support center called “life line”. It’s their last hope. As no one can really help them, even then, they all remain another part of the contemporary Greek tragedy.” (imdb.com)

AWARDS
Fantasporto 2017 – Nominated (Directors’ Week Award, Best Film | Vasilis Mazomenos, Horme pictures)
London Greek Film Festival 2017 – Won (Odysseus Awards, 2nd Award for Feature Fiction Film | Vasilis Mazomenos, Horme pictures)
Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) 2017 – Nominated (Orpheus Award Best Feature Film | Vasilis Mazomenos (director))
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2016 – Nominated (Grand Prize | Vasilis Mazomenos, Horme pictures)

Presented by the Hellenic Society of Calgary.

KILLS ON WHEELS | TISZTA SZIVVEL (2016)
dir. Attila Till, 1hr 43min
Presented in Hungarian with English subtitles.

“This is a meaningful action-comedy of a wheelchair-bound assassin gang. Driven by despair and fear of becoming useless, a 20 year-old boy, his friend, and an ex-fireman offer their services to the mafia. But things are not what they seem. The boundaries between reality and fiction blur and the story becomes a whirling kaleidoscope showing us gangsters and gunfights, but also the challenge of life in a wheelchair and the pain caused by a father’s rejection.” (imdb.com)

AWARDS
Cairo International Film Festival 2016 – Won (Bronze Pyramid, Best First or Second work of a Director | Laokoon Filmgroup (production company)), Nominated (Golden Pyramid, Best Film | Attila Till)
Chicago International Film Festival 2016 – Won (Roger Ebert Award, New Directors Competition | Attila Till ), Nominated (Gold Hugo, New Directors Competition | Attila Till)
Cleveland International Film Festival 2017 – Nominated (George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Film Competition | Attila Till)
Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema 2016 – Won (Award of the Ecumenical Jury International Competition | Laokoon Filmgroup (production company)), Won (FIPRESCI Prize | Laokoon Filmgroup (production company))
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016 – Nominated (East of West Award | Attila Till)
Palic Film Festival 2016 – Won (Special Mention Feature Film | Laokoon Filmgroup (production company))
Seattle International Film Festival 2017 – Nominated (Futurewave Youth Jury Award Best Feature Film | Attila Till)
Thessaloniki Film Festival 2016 – Won (Best Actor | Ádám Fekete, Zoltán Fenyvesi, Szabolcs Thuróczy), Won (Golden Alexander | Attila Till)

Presented by the Hungarian Canadian Cultural Association of Calgary.

INDIVISIBLE| INDIVISIBLI (2016)
dir. Edoardo De Angelis, 1hr 40min
Presented in Italian with English subtitles.

“Daisy and Violet are twin sisters on the verge of turning 18. They are blessed with beautiful voices and are sought after to sing at weddings, communions and baptisms. Their real draw is another trait which cloaks them in fascinating charm: they are siamese twins. They support their family with their singing like a well oiled company/entertainment machine. This idyllic situation ends when a notable English doctor sees them at a first communion in Casertavecchia. He sentences them to the possibility of a normal life when he states, “I can separate you.”.” (imdb.com)

AWARDS
BIFEST – Bari International Film Festival 2017 – Won (Italian Competition Award, Best Costume Design | Massimo Cantini Parrini, Best Producer | Attilio De Razza, Pierpaolo Verga, Best Score | Enzo Avitabile)
BIFEST – Bari International Film Festival 2016 – Won (Italian Competition Award, Best Costume Design | Massimo Cantini Parrini)
David di Donatello Awards 2017 – Won (David, Best Screenplay (Migliore Sceneggiatura) | Nicola Guaglianone, Barbara Petronio, Edoardo De Angelis, Best Supporting Actress (Migliore Attrice non Protagonista) | Antonia Truppo, Best Costume Design (Migliore Costumista) | Massimo Cantini Parrini, Best Song (Migliore Canzone) | Enzo Avitabile (composer), Best Producer (Migliore Produttore) | Attilio De Razza (producer), Pierpaolo Verga (producer), Best Music (Migliore Musica) | Enzo Avitabile (composer)), Nominated (David, Best Film (Miglior Film) |Edoardo De Angelis, Best Director (Migliore Regista) | Edoardo De Angelis, Best Sound | Valentino Giannì (sound mixer), Fabio Conca (boom operator), Sandro Rossi (sound effects editor), Omar Abouzaid (dialogue editor), Lilio Rosato (sound editor / supervising sound editor), Francesco Cucinelli (re-recording mixer), Best Actress (Migliore Attrice Protagonista) | Angela Fontana, Marianna Fontana, Best Cinematography (Migliore Fotografia) | Ferran Paredes (director of photography), Best Editing (Migliore Montatore) | Chiara Griziotti (editor), Best Supporting Actor (Migliore Attore non Protagonista) | Massimiliano Rossi (actor), Best Production Design (Migliore Scenografo) | Carmine Guarino (production designer), Best Make-Up (Migliore Truccatore) | Valentina Iannuccilli (makeup artist), Best Hair Design/Styling (Migliore Acconciatore) | Vincenzo Cormaci (hairstylist), Best Visual Effects (Migliori Effetti Speciali Visivi) Makinarium (makeup artist))
FICE – Federazione Italiana Cinema d’Essai 2016 – Won (FICE Award, Best Director (Migliore Regista) | Edoardo De Angelis)
Golden Ciak Awards 2017 – Won (Golden Ciak, Best Production Design (Migliore Scenografia) | Carmine Guarino, Best Costume Design (Migliori Costumi) | Massimo Cantini Parrini, Best Screenplay (Migliore Sceneggiatura) | Edoardo De Angelis, Nicola Guaglianone, Barbara Petronio, Best Score (Migliore Colonna Sonora) | Enzo Avitabile, Best Sound (Miglior Sonoro in Presa Diretta) | Valentino Giannì Fabio Conca, Best Cinematography (Migliore Fotografia) | Ferran Paredes), Nominated (Golden Ciak, Best Supporting Actor (Migliore Attore Non Protagonista) | Massimiliano Rossi, Best Supporting Actress (Migliore Attrice Non Protagonista) | Antonia Truppo, Best Editing (Miglior Montaggio)Chiara Griziotti Best Producer (Migliore Produttore) | Attilio De Razza, Pierpaolo Verga) 
Golden Globes, Italy 2017 – Won (Golden Globe, Best Original Score (Migliori Musiche) | Enzo Avitabile), Nominated (Golden Globe, Best Actress (Migliore Attrice) | Angela Fontana, Marianna Fontana, Best Film (Miglior Film) | Edoardo De Angelis)
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists 2017 – Won (Silver Ribbon, Best Costume Design (Migliori Costumi) | Massimo Cantini Parrini), Nominated (Silver Ribbon, Best Director (Migliore Regia) | Edoardo De Angelis, Best Film (Miglior film) | Edoardo De Angelis)
Nastri d’Argento 2017 – Won (Nastri D’argento Miglior Attrice Esordiente | Angela Fontana, Marianna Fontana, Tramp Ltd. (production company), O’ Groove (production company))
Venice Film Festival 2016 – Won (Gianni Astrei Award | Edoardo De Angelis), Won (Lina Mangiacapre Award | Edoardo De Angelis),  Won (Pasinetti Award, Best Film | Edoardo De Angelis), Best Actress – Special Mention | Angela Fontana, Marianna Fontana)

Presented by the Calgarian Italian Cultural Centre.

EASTERN BUSINESS| AFACEREA EST (2016)
dir. Igor Cobileanski, 1 hr 27min
Presented in Romanian, English, Russian, and Georgian with English subtitles.

“Two Moldavian friends begin a journey full of adventures and suspense trying various business ideas in order to earn enough money to achieve their dreams.” (imdb.com)

AWARDS
Gopo Awards, Romania 2017 – Nominated (Gopos Award, Best Production Design | Vali Ighigheanu)
Lithuanian Film Awards 2017 – Nominated (Silver Crane, Best Cinematographer (Geriausias operatoius) | Feliksas Abrukauskas, Best Individual Achiemevement (Geriausias profesines meistrystes darbas) | Dagne Vildziunaite, For Together For Ever)
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2016 – Won (Jury Prize, Best Actor | Ion Sapdaru, Constantin Puscasu, Best Script | Igor Cobileanski)
Transilvania International Film Festival 2016 – Nominated (Romanian Days Award, Best Feature Film | Igor Cobileanski)

Presented by the Moldovan Community of Calgary.

THE KING’S CHOICE | KONGENS NEI (2016)
dir. Erik Poppe, 2 hr 13min
Presented in Norwegian, German, Danish, and Swedish with English subtitles.

THE KING’S CHOICE is based on the true the story about three dramatic days in April 1940, where the King of Norway is presented with an unimaginable ultimatum from the German armed forces: surrender or die. With Nazi soldiers hunting after them, the Royal Family is forced to flee the capital. In the best interest of the family, the Crown Princess Märtha leaves Norway with the children to seek refuge in Sweden, whilst King Haakon and the Crown Prince Olav flee to a small farming area just outside Elverum and meet the Germans head on. After three days of desperately trying to evade the Germans, King Haakon makes his final decision. He refuses to capitulate, even if it may cost him, his family and many Norwegians their lives.

AWARDS
Amanda Awards, Norway 2017 – Won (Amanda Best Score (Årets musikk) | Johan Söderqvist (composer), Best Visual Effects (Årets visuelle effekter) | Arne Kaupang (visual effects supervisor), Best Film (Årets norske kinofilm) | Finn Gjerdrum, Stein B., Kvae, Best Supporting Actor (Årets mannlige birolle) | Karl Markovics, Best Production Design (Årets scenografi) | Peter Bävman, Best Editing (Årets klipp) | Einar Egeland, Paradox), Nominated (Amanda Best Direction (Årets regi) | Erik Poppe, Best Actor (Årets mannlige skuespiller) | Jesper Christensen, Best Supporting Actor (Årets mannlige birolle) | Anders Baasmo Christiansen)
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 – Nominated (Audience Award | Erik Poppe)
GardenCity International Film Festival 2017 – Won (Best Screenplay | Erik Poppe)
Kosmorama, Trondheim Internasjonale Filmfestival 2017 – Nominated (Kanonprisen, Best Sound Design | Christian Schaanning, Best Editing | Einar Egeland, Paradox)
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival 2017 – Won (Audience Choice Award, Midnight Sun | Erik Poppe)
Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA 2017 – Won (Golden Reel Award, Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in a Foreign Feature Film | Christian Schaanning (supervising sound editor, sound designer, Ingela Jönsson (dialogue editor), Espen Rønning (dialogue editor), Lucas Nilsson (foley artist), Fredrik Dalenfjäll (sound effects editor), Erlend Hogstad (sound effects editor), Jens Johansson (sound effects editor))
Seattle International Film Festival 2017 – 2nd place (Golden Space Needle Award, Best Film | Erik Poppe, Second Place)

Presented by Sons of Norway.

SPOOR | POKOT (2017)
dir. Agnieszka Holland, Kasia Adamik, 2h 8min
Presented in Polish with English subtitles.

Janina Duszejko, an elderly woman, lives alone in the Klodzko Valley where a series of mysterious crimes are committed. Duszejko is convinced that she knows who or what is the murderer, but nobody believes her. (imdb.com)

AWARDS
Berlin International Film Festival 2017 – Won (Silver Berlin Bear, Alfred Bauer Prize | Agnieszka Holland, Kasia Adamik), Nominated (Golden Berlin Bear, Best Film | Agnieszka Holland)
Fantasia Film Festival 2017 – Won (Cheval Noir, Best Film | Agnieszka Holland (director))
Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2017 – Nominated (Silver Méliès Award, Best European Fantastic Feature Film | Agnieszka Holland)
Polish Film Festival 2017 – Nominated (Golden Lion, Best Film | Agnieszka Holland (director), Kasia Adamik (director))

Presented by Polish Canadian Cultural Centre.

GRADUATION | BACALAUREAT (2016)
dir. Cristian Mungiu, 2hr 8min
Presented in Romanian with English subtitles.

Romeo Aldea (49), a physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania, has raised his daughter Eliza with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad. His plan is close to succeeding – Eliza has won a scholarship to study psychology in the UK. She just has to pass her final exams – a formality for such a good student. On the day before her first written exam, Eliza is assaulted in an attack that could jeopardize her entire future. Now Romeo has to make a decision. There are ways of solving the situation, but none of them using the principles he, as a father, has taught his daughter. (imdb.com)

AWARDS
Cannes Film Festival 2016 – Won (Best Director | Cristian Mungiu, Tied with Olivier Assayas for Personal Shopper (2016)), Nominated (Palme d’Or | Cristian Mungiu)
Chicago International Film Festival 2016 – Won (Silver Hugo, Best Actor | Adrian Titieni, Best Screenplay | Cristian Mungiu), Nominated (Gold Hugo, Best Feature | Cristian Mungiu)
César Awards, France 2017 – Nominated (César, Best Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger) | Cristian Mungiu)
European Film Awards 2016 – Nominated (European Film Award, European Director | Cristian Mungiu, European Screenwriter | Cristian Mungiu), Nominated (European University Film Award, Cristian Mungiu)
Ghent International Film Festival 2016 – Nominated (Grand Prix, Best Film)
Gopo Awards, Romania 2017 – Nominated )Gopos Award, Best Feature Film | Cristian Mungiu (director), Mobra Films, Best Directing | Cristian Mungiu, Best Actor in a Leading Role | Adrian Titieni, Best Actress in a Leading Role | Maria-Victoria Dragus, Best Actor in a Supporting Role | Petre Ciubotaru, Best Screenplay | Cristian Mungiu, Best Editing | Mircea Olteanu, Best Sound | Constantin Fleancu, Mircea Olteanu, Olivier Do Huu, Best Production Design | Simona Paduretu)
Hamburg Film Festival 2016 – Won (Critics Award |Cristian Mungiu)
International Cinephile Society Awards 2016 – Won (ICS Cannes Award Prix du Jury | Cristian Mungiu)
International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) 2017 – Nominated (Halfway Award, Best Actor | Adrian Titieni)
Online Film Critics Society Awards 2017 – Won (OFCS Award, Best Non-U.S. Release)
Sarasota Film Festival 2017 – Nominated (Jury Prize, Narrative Feature Film Competition | Cristian Mungiu)
Tromsø International Film Festival 2017 – Won (FIPRESCI Prize |Cristian Mungiu), Nominated (Aurora Award |Cristian Mungiu)

Presented by Romanian Canadian Cultural Association of Calgary.

THE BLACK PIN | IGLA ISPROD PRAGA (2016)
dir. Ivan Marinovic, 1 hr 40min
Presented in Serbian with English subtitles.

“Peter, a misanthropic orthodox priest returns to his idyllic Montenegrin peninsula to nurse his demented mother. He quickly gets into a conflict with superstitious villagers who will seek creative ways to chase him away.” (imdb.com)

AWARDS
Cinedays Skopje Film Festival 2016 – Nominated (Golden Sun, Best Film of the CineBalkan Selection | Ivan Marinovic (director))
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2017 – Nominated (Jury Award, Best International Film | Ivan Marinovic)
Sarajevo Film Festival 2016 – Nominated (Heart of Sarajevo, Best Film | Ivan Marinovic)

Presented by Serbian Fest Calgary.

THE TEACHER | UCITELKA (2016)
dir. Jan Hrebejk, 1 hr 42min
Presented in Slovak with English subtitles.

“Since the arrival of the new teacher, Maria Drazdechova, to a Bratislava suburban school in the year of 1983, life has turned upside down for students and parents. The teacher’s corrupted behavior and one of the students’ suicide attempt that could be related to that matter, makes the school Principal call the students’ parents for an urgent meeting that will suddenly put the future of all the families at stake. They are asked to sign a petition to move Miss Drazdechova out of the school. The teacher’s high connections within the Communist Party makes everyone feel threatened, but at this point they have no choice but to make a decision: will they dare to go against Miss Drazdechova and stand up for what they believe in at any risk, or will they just remain silent and let things be?” (imdb.com)

AWARDS
Cleveland International Film Festival 2017 – Nominated (George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Film Competition | Jan Hrebejk)
Czech Lions 2017 – Nominated (Czech Lion, Best Actress (Zenský herecký výkon v hlavní roli) | Zuzana Mauréry, Best Film (Nejlepsí film) | Zuzana Mistríková, Lubica Orechovská, Ondrej Zima, Jan Prusinovský, PubRes Offside MEN)
Gijón International Film Festival 2016 – Won (Best Original Score | Michal Novinski, Gil Parrondo Award Best Production Design | Juraj Fabry)
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016 – Won (Best Actress | Zuzana Mauréry), Nominated (Crystal Globe Best Film | Jan Hrebejk)
Sun in a Net Awards, Slovakia 2017 – Won (Sun in a Net Best Leading Actress (Najlepsí zensky herecky vykon v hlavnej ulohe) | Zuzana Mauréry, Best Picture (Najlepsi film) | Zuzana Mistríková (producer), Lubica Orechovská (producer), Ondrej Zima (producer), Jan Prusinovský (producer), PubRes (production company), Offside MEN (production company), Best Screenplay (Najlepsi scenar) | Petr Jarchovský, Best Music (Nejlepsí hudba) | Michal Novinski), Nominated (Sun in a Net Best Leading Actor (Najlepsí muzsky herecky vykon v hlavnej ulohe) | Peter Bebjak, Best Supporting Actor (Najlepsí muzský herecký výkon vo vedlajsej úlohe) | Csongor Kassai, Best Supporting Actress (Najlepsí zenský herecký výkon vo vedlajsej úlohe) | Zuzana Konecná, Best Director (Najlepsia rezia) | Jan Hrebejk, Best Cinematography (Najlepsi kameramansky vykon) | Martin Ziaran, Best Sound (Nejlepsí zvuk) | Jirí Klenka, Best Costume Design (Najlepsie kostýmy) | Katarina Bielikova, Best Art Direction (Nejlejpsí Architektúra – scénografia) | Jan Mabry, Best Make-up (Nejljepsí masky) | Anita Hrossová)

Presented by the Slovakian School in Calgary.

THE OLIVE TREE | EL OLIVO (2016)
dir. Icíar Bollaín, 1 hr 40min
Presented in Spanish, German, English, and French with English subtitles.

“Alma is a young girl with emotional problems and a special relationship with her grandfather Ramón, an old country man who stopped talking about 12 years ago after his son, Alma’s father, sold a 2000-years-old olive tree in order to open a restaurant. Dominated by the sadness and the melancholia by the loss of his most beloved tree, Ramon spends his days visiting the place where the olive tree was planted, hoping the day the tree returns. Unable to bear the situation any longer, Alma looking for the olive tree, discovering that it was acquired by a Germany’s energy company located in Dusseldorf. Without money or resources, Alma convinces her uncle Alcachofa and her friend Rafa (who has a love interest for her) to go in a truck from Spain to Germany to recover the tree, starting a travel with unexpected consequences for everyone…” (imdb.com)

AWARDS
Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain 2017 – Won (CEC Award, Best New Actress (Mejor Actriz Revelación) | Anna Castillo), Nominated (CEC Award Best Film (Mejor Película) | Icíar Bollaín, Best Supporting Actor (Mejor Actor Secundario) | Javier Gutiérrez, Best Original Screenplay (Mejor Guión Original) | Paul Laverty, Best Director (Mejor Director) | Icíar Bollaín)
Feroz Awards, ES 2017 – Nominated (Feroz Award, Best Actress in a Leading Role | Anna Castillo)
Goya Awards 2017 – Won (Goya, Best New Actress (Mejor Actriz Revelación) | Anna Castillo), Nominated (Goya, Best Supporting Actor (Mejor Actor de Reparto) | Javier Gutiérrez, Best Original Screenplay (Mejor Guión Original) | Paul Laverty, Best Original Score (Mejor Música Original) | Pascal Gaigne)
José María Forqué Awards 2017 – Nominated (José María Forqué Award, Best Actress | Anna Castillo, Values Education (Educación en Valores) | Icíar Bollaín, Olivo La Película, El Morena Films Match Factory, The)
Portland International Film Festival 2017 – Won (Audience Award, Best of Masters Sidebar | Icíar Bollaín)
Seattle International Film Festival 2016 – 2nd place (Golden Space Needle Award, Best Director | Icíar Bollaín), 3rd place (Golden Space Needle Award, Best Actress | Anna Castillo), Nominated (Golden Space Needle Award, Best Film | Icíar Bollaín)
Spanish Actors Union 2017 – Nominated (Newcomer Award Female (Categoría Femenina) | Anna Castillo)

Presented by the Instituto Cervantes Calgary.

MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI| MA VIE DE COURGETTE (2016)
dir. Claude Barras, 1 hr 6min
Presented in Swiss French with English subtitles.

“After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.” (imdb.com)

AWARDS
Academy Awards, USA 2017 – Nominated (Oscar, Best Animated Feature Film of the Year | Claude Barras, Max Karli)
Golden Globes, USA 2017 – Nominated (Golden Globe, Best Motion Picture – Animated)
Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2016 – Won (Audience Award Feature | Claude Barras, Rita Productions, Blue Spirit Animation, Gébéka Films), Won (Cristal, Best Feature | Claude Barras, Rita Productions, Blue Spirit Animation, Gébéka Films)
Annie Awards 2017 – Nominated (Annie, Best Animated Feature – Independent, Outstanding Achievement in Directing in an Animated Feature Production | Claude Barras, Outstanding Achievement in Writing in an Animated Feature Production | Céline Sciamma)
Bratislava International Film Festival 2016 – Won (FIPRESCI Prize | Claude Barras) “A perfectly made emotional picture of the world of abandoned children.”
Cannes Film Festival 2016 – Nominated (Golden Camera, Claude Barras)
César Awards, France 2017 – Won (César, Best Adapted Screenplay (Meilleure adaptation) | Céline Sciamma, Best Animated Film (Meilleur film d’animation) | Claude Barras (director), Armelle Glorennec (producer), Eric Jacquot (producer), Marc Bonny (producer)), Nominated (César, Best Original Music (Meilleure musique originale) | Sophie Hunger)
European Film Awards 2016 – Won (European Film Award, European Animated Feature Film | Claude Barras)
Gold Derby Awards 2017 – Nominated (Gold Derby Award, Foreign Language Film | Claude Barras, Switzerland)
Golden Trailer Awards 2017 – Nominated (Golden Trailer, Best Foreign Animation/Family Trailer | Thunderbird Releasing Picture Production Company, The Best Foreign Animation/Family TrailerGkids)
International Cinephile Society Awards 2017 – 2nd place (ICS Award, Best Animated FilmRunner-up)
International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) 2017 – Nominated (INOCA Best Animated Feature | Claude Barras)
London Film Festival 2016 – Nominated (Sutherland Award, First Feature Competition | Claude Barras)
Lumiere Awards, France 2017 – Won (Lumiere Award, Best Screenplay (Meilleur scénario) | Céline Sciamma, Best Animated Film (Meilleur film d’animation) | Claude Barras), Nominated (Lumiere Award, Best Music (Meilleure musique) | Sophie Hunger)
LUX Prize 2016 – Nominated (Lux Prize | Claude Barras, Rita Productions, Blue Spirit Animation, Gébéka Films)
Melbourne International Film Festival 2016 – Won (Most Popular Feature Film | Claude Barras)
Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film 2015 – Won (Golden Bayard, Best Cinematography | David Toutevoix)
Portland International Film Festival 2017 – Won (Audience Award, Best First Feature | Claude Barras, Best Animated Feature | Claude Barras)
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2016 – Won (Audience Award, European Film | Claude Barras)
Satellite Awards 2016 – Won (Satellite Award | Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media)
Swiss Film Prize 2017 – Won (Swiss Film Prize, Best Film (Bester Spielfilm) | Claude Barras, Rita Productions, Best Music (Beste Filmmusik) | Sophie Hunger), Nominated (Swiss Film Prize, Best Editing (Beste Montage) | Marie-Eve Hildbrand, Marina Rosset, Valentin Rotelli)
Tokyo Anime Award 2017 – Nominated (Grand Prize, Feature Film Competition | Claude Barras (director))
Warsaw International Film Festival 2016 – Won (Audience Award, Feature Film | Claude Barras)
Wisconsin Film Festival 2017 – Won (Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature | Claude Barras)
Zurich Film Festival 2016 – Won (Kids Jury Award, Best Children’s Film | Claude Barras, Rita Productions, Blue Spirit Animation, Gébéka Films KNM)

Presented by the Swiss Cultural Society of Calgary.

FAIRY TALES FOR EMMA | POHADKY PRO EMU (2016)
dir. Rudolf Havlik, Unknown
Presented in Czech with English subtitles.

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AWARDS
Phoenix Film Festival 2017 – Won (Copper Wing Award, World Cinema Audience Award | Rudolf Havlik (director))

Presented by the Czech Business Association of Canada.