Friday 08 March 2013
FILL THE VOID, CLIP and THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, prizewinners of DISCOVERY ZONE, LUXEMBOURG CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2013
The International Jury, made up of Simone Bär (DE), Yun Su Chong (KR), Jérôme Cornuau (FR), Pol Cruchten (LU) and Sam Garbarski (BE) has rewarded the GRAND PRIZE by Orange, with a value of € 10,000, to the Israeli film FILL THE VOID and its Director RAMA BURSHTEIN.
The jury had secretely recorded the award during the week since Rama Burshtein couldn’t make it to the closing ceremony as she was giving a speech in Tel Aviv on March 8th.
The Critics Prize by BGL BNP Paribas has been granted to CLIP, in the presence of Serbian Director MAJA MILOS. The Press Jury was made up of Gaston Carré (Luxemburger Wort), Fernand-Joseph Meyer (La Semaine), Danièle Michels (RTL), Loïc Tanson (Le jeudi) and Gian Maria Tore (D’Lëtzebuerger Land).
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, of Derek Cianfrance, has collected the largest amount of votes and won the Audience Award by Orange. The lucky winner of the random draw is Havard LIEN: he will fly with a person of his choice to Cannes Festival and stay in a luxury hotel until he walks up the red carpet of one of the world’s most famous festivals.
All three Prizes were announced during the closing ceremony of the Festival, which took place in Utopolis on Friday, March 8th, before the world avant-premiere of AU BONHEUR DES OGRES (Nicolas Bary).
Attendance reaches new records
Even though the final figures need to be confirmed, Discovery Zone’s team is glad to observe a 41% increase of attendance in theatres during this year’s edition, while the overall attendance rose by 32%.
In total, close to 11.300 viewers have secured a seat (8.000 in 2011) and more than 14.500 festival-goers have taken part in one of the Festival’s activitites, versus 11.000 last year.
While this spectacular increase can be related to the impressive amount of premieres in the Luxembourg (co)productions section, it can also be observed at all levels, from the International Competition to the special screenings, the documentaries, or the Young Audiences’ programme.