Hungarian film wins main LIFFe prize
Three Thousand Numbered Pieces, a 2022 drama by Hungarian director Adam Csaszi, won the Kingfisher Award, the main prize at the Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe).
Selected among ten debut or second films by up-and-coming directors that were shown at the festival, Csaszi's political film is spiced with dark humour to make a statement against injustice, prejudice, discrimination and racism against the Roma people.
The Kingfisher jury praised the film for its vivid cinematic narrative and original script that it said challenged audiences with various prejudices.
At the closing ceremony on 18 November the audience award went to Kiss the Future - U2 in Sarajevo, an inspiring documentary about Sarajevo residents and music during the war by Nenad Čičin-Šain.
The Best Short Film Award went to Land of Mountains by Vienna-based Olga Kosanović. The award jury said the film "inspired empathy in us with its simplicity and presence".
The FIPRESCI Award, presented by a jury of the International Federation of Film Critics, went to Lola by Irish director Andrew Legge.
It won praise as "an ambitious, innovative and emotional debut that captivates the viewer with a bold and daring visual style, a compelling narrative and an imaginative use of archival footage to address profound ethical dilemmas".
American film Sweet East, directed by Sean Price Williams, took home the Kinotrip Youth Jury's prize. The film was lauded as a "references-rich road movie of fairytale proportions".
The Slovenian Art Cinema Association Award went to Four Little Adults, a portrait of grown-ups with growing pains by Finnish director Selma Vilhunen.
Running from 8 November, LIFFe saw 89 feature-length and 14 short films. The organizers said the festival attracted more than 37,000 visitors, including about 1,500 who viewed films online.