"Aram," "The Birch-Tree Meadow" and "Rage" scoop up awards at German film festivals.
The films by Robert Kéchichian and Marceline Loridan-Ivens were honored with awards at the Munich International Film Festival and the film by Karim Dridi won the Distribution Prize at the Stuttgart/Ludwigsburg European Film Festival.
The 21st Munich International Film Festival gave its High Hopes award for Best First Film to "Aram" by Robert Kéchichian. The film, screened in the presence of its director and actor Simon Abkarian, was very warmly received by audiences before going on to win the award valued at €25,000. The Bernhard Wicki-Die Brücke Prize, also awarded at the Munich Festival and valued at €25,000, was given to Marceline Loridan-Ivens for her film "The Birch-Tree Meadow," already presented at Berlin this year. The film's leading actress, Anouk Aimée, waltzed off with the Honorary Prize from the Bernhard Wicki Foundation.
At the 3rd Stuttgart/Ludwigsburg European Film Festival it was over to "Rage" by Karim Dridi to snatch up the Distribution Prize valued at €25,000, offered by the Land Bade-Wurtemberg (MFG) support fund. This prize, which in 2002 went to "Blame It On Voltaire" by Abdel Kechiche (Kool Filmverleih), is aimed at supporting the distribution of a European film in Germany.