Daniel Joseph Borgman’s The Weight of Elephants played in the 11-title feature competition at this year’s Hanoi Internation Film Festival (HANIFF), which was won by Vera Glagoleva’s Russian drama Two Women.
Although the NZ title missed out on the formal awards, the jury did offer a “Special Appreciation” commendation for the work of the child actors in the film.
Two Women’s win is not the first time the Russians have done well in Vietnam and, indeed, the HANIFF awards bash was held in the Palace of Soviet-Vietnamese. Fittingly, a local title picked up the Jury Prize, with Nguyen Hoang Diep’s Đập Cánh Giữa Không Trung, aka Flapping In The Middle Of Nowhere.
Mark Albiston & Louis Sutherland’s Shopping, the big winner a year ago at the NZ Film Awards, played in the World Cinema selection.
All up, HANIFF 2014 presented 130 titles from 33 countries, selected from 441 submissions from 39 countries and territories. At the last edition of HANIFF, Juliet Bergh’s Escalator feature Existence screened in competition, with Cliff Curtis a jury member. Sam Peacocke ( Manurewa, Shihad: Beautiful Machine) was also among the international participants at the HANIFF Campus.
In a week begun by Blind Massage cleaning up at the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, HANIFF presented a NETPAC programme of titles, including Mouly Surya’s award-winning Indonesian drama What They Don’t Talk When They Talk About Love, also led by blind characters.
HANIFF ran 23 – 27 November.