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Ecumenical Award at the Warsaw Film Festival 2016

Tuesday 18 October 2016, by SIGNIS

Warsaw, October, 18th, 2016 (SIGNIS/INTERFILM). At the Warsaw Film Festival 2016, the Ecumenical Jury, appointed by SIGNIS and INTERFILM, awards its Prize to Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) directed by Guđmundur Arnar Guđmundsson (Iceland/Denmark 2016).

The Jury gave its award to this film "for its comprehensive vision of a childhood close to nature in a remote Icelandic village. The film describes the shifting feelings of two friends at the verge of maturity searching for their identity. Adapting to changing social surroundings, their relationship will have to get along with their family members and friends, boys and girls... and ongoing gossip. In a delicate way the director describes the ability for rebirth."

The film tells the story of a remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys and best friends Thór and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings towards his best friend. When summer ends, it’s time to leave the playground and face adulthood. (Festival information)

The Jury members were: Ingrid Ruillat, France (President) Mariola Marczak, Poland Jan Piotr Michałowski, Poland

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