Vinko Möderndorfer is the best director of the 13th Art film festival

28. June 2005
At the 13th Art Film Festival, which concluded on Saturday 25 June in the Slovak city of Tenčianske Teplice, the director Vinko Möderndorfer received the BLUE ANGEL Award for Best Director for his feature film "Suburbs".

The festival jury was presided over by the Russian poet, writer, film director and actor Jevgenij Jevtušenko. The international jury, consisting of nine members, gave the Best Director Award to Vinko Möderndorfer. It gave out two other awards: the Best Director of Photography Award went to Gabor Medvigy (After the Day Before, Hungary) and the Best Actress Award went to Barbora Bobulova (The Spectator, Italy).

The Life's Work Award went to the actress Nastassja Kinski.

This was the fourth international acknowledgement for the film Suburbs; the shooting of this film started two years ago on Statehood Day. Previous awards for Suburbs include the Best Film Award according to the young audience in Montpellier, the Special Jury Award in Annonay, and the Best Actor Award in Hungary. The film critics of the Variety magazine chose it for the selection of ten most important European films.

Ten feature films were presented in "Blue Anjel Art Fiction", the main competition section of the 13th Art Film Festival. Besides the Slovenian Suburbs the following films were shown in the main competition program: Happy Bithday (Hungary), The Spectator (Italy), Hotel (Austria, Germany), Cafe Lumiere (Japan, Taiwan), My Mother (France, Austria), After the Day Before (Hungary), The Welts (Poland), The Imp (the Czech Republic), Down a Colourful Hill (Poland).