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Father named Best Film at Panorama of European Film Festival 2015
4 December 2015
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The 28th Panorama of European Cinema ended with the film Father by Visar Morina (Germany/Kosovo*/FYROM/France, 2015) awarded the Best Film prize (given by the audience, through a 5-member jury chosen by readers of Athinorama magazine) among the 12 titles of the Competition Section. Father, a film awarded in a number of international festivals, is Kosovo΄s official selection for the next Oscar race.


The closing ceremony began with awards honoring personalities of the film industry. Composer Dionysis Savvopoulos received an honorary prize by filmmaker Pantelis Voulgaris, followed by actor Yannis Stankoglou΄s prize for his career, who referd, among others, to the recent passing of actor Minas Hatzissavas

After awarding Father, the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) gave its prize, which now is named "Award in the memory of Theo Angelopuolos", to Corneliu Porumboiu΄s The Treasure (Romania/France, 2015) "for his ability to express in a minimalistic way a powerful idea, and how fiction can create reality from scratch", while, the Panhellenic Union of Film Critics (PEKK) awarded the film L΄Ombre des Femmes by Phillipe Garrel. 

Artistic director Ninos Mikelidis, composer Dionysis Savvopoulos and filmmaker Pantelis Voulgaris (©

Panorama΄s artistic director, Ninos Mikelidis, referred to the unusual and adverse financial reality in which the festival was organised, jesting that despite the capital the country is faced with, there were no film control of any kind, and went on with reading the letter from the honored guest of this year΄s festival, filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier, who commented "cinema΄s and culture significance, especially during the latest developments (Paris΄ attacks)". Tavernire didn΄t attend due to health reasons. 

Sevearl Greek cinema personalities attented the closing ceremony of the 28th Panorama of European Film Festival, like filmmakers Dimitri Athanitis, Vassilis Vafeas, Nikos Vergitsis, Yannis Economides, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, Yorgos Tsemberopoulos, to mention few of them, as well as actors Vangelis Mourikis and Yorgos Pyrpasopoulos, and producer Nikos Sekeris, among others.

The ceremony was followed by the avant-premiere screening of the film Brooklyn by John Crowley (Ireland/UK/Canada, 2015).  

Source: Panorama of European Film Festival official website
  The Treasure
  Nikos Sekeris
  Yorgos Tsemberopoulos
  Nikos Panagiotopoulos
  Minas Hatzissavas
  Dimitris Athanitis
  Corneliu Porumboiu
  Pantelis Voulgaris
  Nikos Vergitsis
  Vassilis Vafeas
  Giannis Stankoglou
  Yannis Economides
  Vangelis Mourikis
  Giorgos Pyrpassopoulos
  Dionysis Savvopoulos
  Visar Morina
  27th Panorama of European Cinema, 16/10 - 26/10
  The 28th Panorama of European Cinema
  Panorama official website
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