The Golden Apricot Festival closes its 19th edition with the victory of Return To Dust and Sonne

– The largest Armenian film competition took place in Yerevan from July 10 to 17

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the 19the The Golden Apricot International Film Festival, the main Armenian film gathering, was held in physical format from July 10 to 17 in Yerevan, the country’s capital. The festival concluded with the award ceremony at the Aram Khachatryan concert hall.

Irish writer and director terry george He was president of the jury of the International Feature Film Competition. After weighing up the eleven candidates for the International Competition, the jury highlighted the Chinese drama return to dustWritten and directed by Li Rui Jun, presenting him with the Golden Apricot trophy. The film, which premiered in Competition at the Berlinale, is set in rural China and follows Ma, a reluctant farmer and the last of his family to remain single, and Guiying, who is disabled, infertile and has long outgrown what is considered to be of marriageable age, having an arranged marriage.

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The Silver Apricot was awarded to the animated feature film dawn of aurora [+lee también:
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directed, co-written and co-produced by local Inna Sahakyan and centered on Aurora, a teenage girl who survives the Armenian Genocide, escapes to America and launches herself into Hollywood stardom, where she becomes the face of a massive humanitarian campaign. As for the Special Mention of the jury, it was given to Agitation [+lee también:
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Written and directed by Cyril Schaublin.

In the Regional Competition, in which ten films from neighboring countries of Armenia and Western Asia participated, the Golden Apricot was awarded to son [+lee también:
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. Written and directed by Kurdwin Ayub |, the film follows three teenage girls from Vienna who twerk in a hijab and sing a pop song. A YouTube video of their performance makes them famous overnight, especially among Kurdish Muslims. Yesmin, the only one of the friends who is Kurdish, begins to distance herself more and more from her culture while the other two girls seem fascinated by a world that is strange to them.

The Silver Apricot went to Iranian neorealist cinema apple day directed by Mahmoud Ghaffariwhich also received the FIPRESCI Award named after the Dutch film critic Peter van Bueren, who died in 2020. For its part, the Special Mention of the Regional Competition went to One day by the Canadian director of Kurdish descent, zayn akyol.

Lastly, in the Apricot Stone section, dedicated to short films from the region, the Golden Apricot went to subtotalsof the iranian filmmaker Mohammedreza Farzadwhile the Silver Apricot went to The dead will understanddirected by Anna Jennaradze Y Marita Tevzadze from Georgia.

Here is the full list of award winners on the 19the Golden Apricot International Film Festival:

International Feature Film Competition

Golden Apricot
return to dustLi Rui Jun (Porcelain)

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-Inna Sahakyan (Armenia/Germany)

Special mention
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Cyril Schaublin (Swiss)

regional competition

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Kurdwin Ayub | (Austria)

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apple dayMahmoud Ghaffari (Iran)

Special mention
One day – zayn akyol (Canada)

FIPRESCI Award – Peter van Bueren
apple day -Mahmud Ghaffari

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subtotalsMohammedreza Farzad (Poland/Germany/Iran)

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The dead will understandAnna Jennaradze, Marita Tevzadze (Georgia)

Special mention
NightAhmed Saleh | (Qatar/Jordan/Germany/Palestine)

Best Armenian Short Film
korean delicacy – Hambardzum Hambardzumyan (Armenia)

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