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Israeli-German film wins New Talent prize at Taipei Film Festival

2013/07/03 22:24:11

Israeli actress Shirili Deshe, who plays a leading role in 'Youth,' holds the Taipei Film Festival award given to the Grand Prize winner of the International New Talent Competition.

Taipei, July 3 (CNA) An Israeli-German co-production film on Wednesday won the Grand Prize in the International New Talent Competition at the 2013 Taipei Film Festival.

The unusual coming-of-age film, "Youth," about two brothers who kidnap a rich girl for ransom, is the debut feature film of Israeli director Tom Shoval.

Judges praised the film for showing "not only the unique face of life in Israel but also a deep observation of humanity that is universal," saying that many seemingly disparate elements of the film were "bonded almost perfectly in this film."

It stood out among the 12 films that were selected to enter the final stage of the competition. The Grand Prize comes with a cash award of NT$600,000 (US$19,958) for the director.

Israeli actress and director Shirili Deshe, who plays the mother of the two brothers in the film, received the award on behalf of Shoval, who was not able to make it to the award ceremony.

Meanwhile, the Special Jury Prize, with a cash award of NT$300,000, went to the teen pregnancy film "Baby Blues" by Polish director Kasia Roslaniec, and political thriller "Call Girl" by Swedish director Mikael Marcimain nabbed the Audience's Choice Award.

Special mentions were given to Danish gangster film "Northwest," by director Michael Noer, and Taiwanese romantic drama "Together," by director Hsu Chao-jen.

The annual competition, now in its ninth year, honors young filmmakers and new talents around the world.

(By Christie Chen)