This year’s international jury - consisting of Tatiana Leite (Brazil), Joachim Lafosse (Belgium) og Jesper Ganslandt (Sweden) - singled out Tuva Novotny as the winner of CPH PIX’s main award, the New Talent Grand PIX. She received the award for her Norwegian debut feature ‘Blind Spot’. 11 first-time directors from all over the world competed for the talent award and the cash prize of 6.000 €.
On their motivation for choosing Novotny, the jury said:
For the boldness of exploring cinema aesthetically, creating a remarkable narrative, approaching a taboo theme with conscience, and going deeper into its complexity through its family ties. It is a rare event where a film's vision and execution goes completely hand in hand with the theme and story, and creates a powerful alliance where no one can escape this experience. The film caught us by unanimity, for it's form, unique director's vision, and incredible performance of the lead actress.
About Tuva Novotny
Tuva Novotny, born in Sweden 1979, is an acclaimed actress, known for ‘Annihilation’ and ‘Eat Pray Love’ among her recent films. Her directorial debut ‘Blind Spot’ is shot in one-take and follows a teenage girl and her parents for an hour and a half. The intense, shocking family drama has been shortlisted as Norway’s candidate for the Oscars. ‘Blind Spot’ had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018.
The jury also gave a special mention to Danish filmmaker Rasmus Kloster Bro for his debut film ‘Cutterhead’, saying: “The Jury would like to extend a special mention to director Rasmus Kloster Bro for his film CUTTERHEAD. – For creating a Hitchcockian pressure chamber that pumps the adrenaline and stokes the claustrophobia of its audience. A very physical experience leaving us wanting for more visions from this director.”
BUSTER’s Best Children’s Film
As part of the festival’s school and family programme BUSTER, the award for Best Children’s Film was also presented with a cash prize of 2000 €.
A jury consisting of five teenagers between 12 and 14 had chosen their favorite among the 8 nominated films. The winner of BUSTER’s Best Children’s Film is ‘I Kill Giants’ (US) from Danish first-time filmmaker and shortflm Oscar-winner Anders Walter.
“We have chosen this film because it has a great story behind it and great symbolism, that you understand when watching the movie. It has great animation of the monsters and themes on love, friendship and foes. It also has great actors. The movie we have chosen is: I KILL GIANTS.”
The award reception for New Talent Grand PIX and BUSTERs Best Children’s Film took place Tuesday afternoon in Copenhagen. Politiken’s Talent Award and the PIX Audience Award will be handed out Saturday October 6th before the screening of Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ at Grand Teatret.
Though two of this year’s winners have been found, CPH PIX is far from over. The festival continues in Copenhagen for 8 more days until October 10th.
‘Blind Spot’ is screened tomorrow October 3rd in Grand Teatret 9:30 PM and on October 8th in Gloria at 7 PM.
‘Cutterhead’ is screened tomorrow October 3rd in Empire 8 PM.
New Talent Grand PIX
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BUSTER’s Best Children’s FIlm