'Twilight Portrait' Tops Reykjavik Film Festival

Twilight Portrait, Angelina Nikonova
Angelina Nikonova's Twilight Portrait

Angelina Nikonova's Russian drama Twilight Portrait was given the Reykjavik International Film Festival's Golden Puffin Discovery Award last Saturday, Oct. 1. Twilight Portrait has absolutely nothing to do with vampires or werewolves. Instead, it's a sociopolitical revenge drama set in modern-day Russia.

Special jury mentions went to Andrea Segre's Shun Li and the Poet and Joachim Trier's psychological drama Oslo, August 31st. Runar Runarsson's family drama Volcano, Iceland's submission for the 2012 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, received awards from the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) and the Church of Iceland.

The Audience Award went to Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre, Finland's submission – and a strong contender – for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Le Havre deals with the issues of immigration and xenophobia in modern Europe.

The Reykjavik festival jury was led by actor Ulrich Thomsen (In a Better World, The Thing). Twilight Portrait was one of 12 features from first- and second-time filmmakers.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

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