International films awarded at the Golden Knight Festival
Five international short films from the UK, Russia, Italy, Andorra and Austria are the winners of the 59th Golden Knight Malta International Short Film Festival. The films are screened on Saturday 27 November at an award ceremony to be held in Valletta.
The festival, which has grown in scale and importance since its launch in 1962, this year saw 350 admissions from 60 countries, ranging from established film-producing countries such as the US, UK, Italy and France to emerging countries in Asia, Africa and South America. These were judged by a panel of experts made up of Edgar Ciancio, Winston Azzopardi, Joshua Cassar Gaspar, Vanessa Vella and Christian Cotey.
âThe festival jury awards a Golden Knight statuette to the five best participating productions. âHighly Commendedâ certificates are also awarded to a very limited number of productions which, although of a very high standard, have failed to reach the Knight Awards â, explains Vincent Lungaro, President of the Malta Cine Circle .
Winning films include Reavey Brothers (UK), a gripping Irish family drama based on real life events by Jamie Tarr. In a troubled Northern Ireland, Anthony’s relationship with his brothers, footballer and writer, is in danger. As he explores religious divisions and the importance of family, he will come face to face with the one thing he is trying to fight.
Ink ocean (Russia), directed by Ivan Sosnine, tells the story of a young sailor who travels the world and sends letters to his father from every port. However, all of his letters remain unanswered.
that of Emanuela Ponzano A new perspective (Italy) takes place in a forest where a group of friends are playing. Here, a young boy meets a lost and crying child of foreign origin, bodies piled up in rows, military police with their dogs and a high wall of barbed wire. The boy is trying to find out where he really is.
The short horror drama Under the ice (Andorra) by Alvaro Rodriguez Areny, follows Edur, who has just lost his father in an accident. He wakes up in the middle of a nightmare and a presence begins to haunt him with his worst memories.
The entrance to Henning Backhaus The best orchestra in the world (Austria) talks about a sock named Ingbert, who is applying for a post of double bass player at the Vienna State Orchestra. It turns out to be a bad idea.
The judges awarded Highly Commended Certificates to four other films: Al-Sit (Sudan), Sherman (United States), Co Cotton (Hong-Kong) and School incident (Denmark).
The awards ceremony will take place tomorrow, November 27, at the Malta Experience Theater, Valletta, at 7:30 p.m. Free entry. For reservations, email: bookings @ goldenknightmalta.org or call 9946 0866.
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