CineLibri 2018 Award Ceremony
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart and Héloïse Balster in See You Up There
An elegant ceremony took place in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture on October 16th, where the film “See You Up there” (2017), directed by Albert Dupontel, was awarded the honorable “CineLibri” statuette for a top achievement of the literary adaptation for the big screen. The viewers attended an exciting video speech delivered by the author of the novel of the same name, Pierre Lemaitre, who highlighted the qualities of the screening and thanked for the prize.
The French-Canadian adventure drama, which has 5 Cesar prizes and 8 more nominations, was preferred by a jury composed of Martichka Bozhilova (President), Herman Koch, David Foenkinos, Michael McKell and Andy Deliana. They were unanimous and gave excellent grounds for this choice: “Being a deeply moving adaptation of an equally fascinating novel, awarded the France’s brightest literary award – Prix Goncour, the film is an ambitious amalgam of genres and an indisputable work of art capturing attention through its cinematic power, anti-war fervor, social critique and poetic language – and with the unique ability to raise a laugh through tears and keep the viewer in suspense until the very end.”
The novel “See You Up There” (Au Revoir La Haut) was first published in English book format as The Great Swindle. It has many dizzying, disturbing and decoratively dazzling moments, designed to take your breath away. Albert Dupontel writes, directs and acts in the highly creative, often bizarre, quite harrowing and sometimes fearless literary adaptation, which is as just powerful, compelling and unforgettable as the novel. Jordan Mintzer from The Hollywood Reporter wrote: “The film features a handful of jaw-dropping moments — such as an excruciating battle across no man’s land — held together by a strong cast, including the actor Nahuel Perez Biscayart as a disfigured artist hidden behind an array of exquisitely ornamental masks…” And Jordi Costa from the Spanish newspaper El País stated: “Albert Dupontel knows that a black comedy doesn’t only have to be cynical and his film finds its soul in the masks that communicate the emotions of one of his characters.”
The award was given by the Deputy Mayor of Sofia Municipality, Assoc. Prof. Todor Chobanov. On behalf of the director Albert Dupontel, the award was accepted by Mr. Fabien Flori, Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Activities at the Embassy of the Republic of France and Director of the French Institute in Bulgaria.
The second distinction was bestowed on the film “The Wife” (2017) directed by Björn Runge, “because it treats the topic of gender equality in a particularly original way, and because of the incredibly expressive, uncompromising work of actors who give flesh and blood to literary characters and carry the meaning of the text onto the big screen.” Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce are the stunning starring couple in this impeccable drama, co-production of UK, Sweden and USA. Adapted by Jane Anderson from a novel by Meg Wolitzer, “The Wife” shows how much can be expressed through containment, through choosing what not to reveal.
The third distinction was bestowed on the Bulgarian film in the competition program “8 minutes and 19 seconds” (2018) “because of the unusual, inventive approach of the filmmakers who unite six short stories in something like a film omnibus, and, above all, because of the social problems and the painful realism that, combined with the metaphorical force of images, generates a suggestion echoing much longer than 8 minutes and 19 seconds.” Based on the original writing of Georgi Gospodinov, this anthology film is created by 6 different crews and directed by Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Luybomir Mladenov, Nadejda Koseva, Theodore Ushev, Vladimir Lyutskanov.