Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Agrarian Utopia shares award in Istanbul

Uruphong Raksasad's Agrarian Utopia (Sawan Baan Na) has won another award! At the !f istanbul International Film Festival, which wrapped up on Sunday, it shared the prize with Gigante, by Uruguay's Adrian Biniez. The two directors split the purse of $15,000.

The jury, comprised of Icelandic filmmaker Dagur Kari, Sundance Film Festival world cinema senior programmer Caroline Libresco, Turkish director Ümit Ünal, film critic and NISIMASA founder Matthieu Darras and Mexican producer Daniel Birman Ripstein, deliberated for four hours before coming to the decision to award both films. The jury statement:

We wish to award the !f istanbul Directing Prize to two inspired films. For its precise, skillful directing; humanistic vision; and appreciation of heavy metal music, we award the Prize to Gigante; And for putting conflicting realities into perspective in a shifting world and for artfully and transcendently re-envisioning nature and humanity, we award the Prize to Agrarian Utopia.”

Agrarian Utopia's previous honors include the Unesco Award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Production company Extra Virgin has list of the many other prizes. Agrarian Utopia can be seen next month at the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival.

(Via Extra Virgin)

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