Congratulations to our LFS staff, students and alumni who presented work at the 67th Berlinale. These were London Film School films through and through - brave, daring, surprising and tackling complex issues, and each made an impact.
The judges awarded LFS talent with 4 major awards this year at the Berlinale 2017:
GONZALO MAZA, LFS SCREENWRITING STUDENT | ‘UNA MUJER FANTASTICA (A FANTASTIC WOMAN)’ : SILVER BEAR FOR BEST SCREENPLAY, TEDDY AWARD - BEST FEATURE FILM 2017, INDEPENDENT JURIES, ECUMENICAL JURY, SPECIAL MENTION
RAFAEL KAPELINSKI, LFS ALUMNUS & TUTOR | ‘BUTTERFLY KISSES’ :GENERATION 14PLUS - CRYSTAL BEAR FOR BEST FILM
CARLA SIMON, LFS ALUMNA | ’ESTIU 1993 (SUMMER 1993)’ : GRAND PRIX OF GENERATION KPLUS INTERNATIONAL JURY (ex aequo), GWFF BEST FIRST FEATURE
Rafael Kapelinski (term Tutor and alumnus), presented his debut feature, Butterfly Kisses, a brave film tackling a difficult subject, which critics and audiences found compelling and thought provoking. His film was awarded the Generation 14Plus CRYSTAL BEAR for BEST FILM.The jury had plenty of praise for BUTTERFLY KISSES: “The finely differentiated characterizations inspire profound empathy for the protagonists in the situations they face (…) We are captivated by the haunting intensity of this electrifying feature film debut.”
Gonzalo Maza, current Screenwriting student, scooped two awards and a special mention for his work as co-writer of UNA MUJER FANTASTICA (A FANTASTIC WOMAN)’ which proved to the the talk of the Berlinale. The film was awarded the SILVER BEAR for BEST SCREENPLAY, the TEDDY AWARD for BEST FEATURE FILM, and a SPECIAL MENTION from the INDEPENTDENT JURIES and the ECUMENICAL JURY.
The online reviews have been pouring in from The Hollywood Reporter to Variety, with a real palpable buzz at the Berlinale last week around the film. Maza commented on how the story for UNA MUJER FANTASTICA was created: “The whole process was a long trip: a long time of conversation and discussion. We developed many ideas and there’s a moment when the idea of the main character to be the main woman popped up. For us, the film appeared then. “ (sic) This is Maza’s second time at the Berlinale, after the film GLORIA (2013) wowed audiences four years ago.
LFS Alumnus, Carla Simon presented her first feature, ESTIU 1993 (SUMMER 1993)’
In the GENERATION KPLUS section and was awarded GRAND PRIX OF GENERATION KPLUS INTERNATIONAL JURY (ex aequo) BEST FIRST FEATURE. The Berlinale Jury commented: ‘Besides the outstanding performance of the young main actress the jury was also very impressed by the beautiful cinematography and sensual mise-en-scène!’
Congratulations to other LFS Alumni who presented new work at Berlinale this year.
Whilst the film HIWA, directed by Jacqueline Lentzou, had its world premiere at the festival and participated in the short film section of the Berlinale.
BUTTERFLY KISSES will be screened at LFS on the 8th March, followed by a Q&A with Rafaeal and hosted by Richard Kwietniowski. To join the Q&A, please RSVP here: http://lfs.org.uk/events/2801/qa-lfs-butterfly-kisses-rafael-kapelinski.
Reviews and Trailers:
You can watch the trailers for each film screended at the Berlinale below:
UNA MUJER FANTASTICA - https://youtu.be/LJcwcsRpPBE
BUTTERFLY KISSES - https://youtu.be/pMEcWVqIzZA
ESTIU 1993 - https://vimeo.com/203246929
HIWA - https://vimeo.com/198548348
SELECTION OF REVIEWS FOR REFERENCE:
UNA MUJER FANTASTICA
‘…evidence of Simon’s skill at directing actors, are especially watchable.’: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/summer-1993-review-974763
‘A lump in the back of the throat’: http://www.cineuropa.org/nw.aspx?t=newsdetail&l=en&did=323410