Nine prizes were awarded during the closing ceremony of Vietnam’s second international film festival in Hanoi on Thursday night.
Two Women, a costume drama from Russian director Vera Glagoleva, won Best Feature Film Award.
Set in the Russian countryside at the end of the 19th century, the drama focuses on the wife of a rich landowner who falls in love with her son’s tutor.
Russian actress Anna Astrakhantseva's stunning portrayal of Natalya, a landowner’s wife, and her struggle to contain her fears of losing her desire and ability to elicit desire as middle-age beckons took the Best Actress Award.
Vietnamese film Dap canh giua khong trung (Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere), directed by Nguyen Hoang Diep, won the Special Jury Prize for Best Feature, while Ngoai kia co gi (What’s out there?) by Vietnamese director Nguyen Diep Thuy Anh won the short film award.
Over the last five days, the festival screened 130 feature films, documentaries and short films from 33 countries and territories at five cinema complexes in Hanoi.
List of the 2014 Hanoi International Film Festival (HIFF) awards
- Best Feature Film: "Two Women" (Russia)
- Jury Prize for Feature Film : "Đập cánh giữa không trung" (Flapping In The Middle Of Nowhere - Vietnam)
- Best Director: Shahram Mokri of "Fish & Cat" (Iran)
- Best Leading Actor: Allen Dizon of "The Coffin Maker" (Philippines)
-Best Leading Actress: Anna Astrakhantseva of "Two Women" (Russia)
- Special Award for Children's Film: "The Weight of the Elephant" (New Zealand)
- NETPAC’s award: "The Coffin Maker" (Philippines)
- Best short film: "Waiting for Colors" (Indonesia)
- Jury Prize for Best Short Film: "Ngoài kia có gì" (What’s Out There? - Vietnam)
- Best Young Short Film Director: Ruslan Akun for "Herding" (Kyrgyzstan)