– This year’s edition of the gathering ended after eight days of screenings on the picturesque Greek island
The winners and the jury during the closing ceremony
The Kimolos International Film Festival closed its fourth edition (June 13-20) with an awards ceremony. For eight days, the festival succeeded in bringing special cinematic experiences to the Cycladic island. As in previous editions, the gathering aimed to promote and support independent cinema by introducing more popular and lesser-known films to local and international audiences who attended all of its screenings.
The Golden Tree, the festival’s main prize, was awarded to the drama Foscadh [+see also:
film profile]written and directed by Ireland’s leading filmmaker Sean Breathnach. The film, which also won Best First Irish Feature at Galway Film Fleadh (read news) and was nominated for an Oscar by Ireland, is based on Donald Ryan2013 social novel The thing about December. The story follows friendless recluse John Cunliffe (Dónall Ó Healai), who, after the death of his overprotective parents, discovers that their land is extremely valuable, and he is forced to navigate the choppy waters of trust, revenge, and romance for the first time.
The five-member international jury – chaired by the festival’s Franco-Algerian programmer and director of Cairo Film Connection LYnda Belkhiriaflanked by Antonio Costa Valentedirector of the AVANCA Film Festival in Portugal, Greek film producer Katia Pantaziactress and director Korina Kontaksakiand local cinematographer Aristotelis Metaxas – also renowned Venezuelan filmmaker Nico Manzano worthy of the award for best director, for his first feature film, the dramatic comedy Me & youhe beastswhich follows the singer-guitarist of an alternative rock band who begins a solo career, in search of inspiration as the Venezuelan crisis unfolds, with the help of “The Beasts”, two mysterious masked beings.
Finally, for the first time, the jury decided to award a Special Mention, and this went to the Quebec drama Bootleggerwritten and directed by Caroline Monetfor its original score, composed by John Martin and Tanya Tagaq.
The closing ceremony took place on the beach of Prassa, and it was animated by the presenter of the festival, Nia Enemies. The artistic director of the event, Coco’s Manualalso announced that the fifth Kimolos International Film Festival would take place in June 2023.