Two German films are named as prize-winners at the 23rd World Film Festival Montreal (27.08. - 06.09.1999)
Nina Hoss won the award for Best Actress for her lead role in DER VULKAN (dir: Ottokar Runze). Der VULKAN, based on the novel of the same name by Klaus Mann, portrays the life of the singer Marion von Kammer (Nina Hoss), who flees from the National Socialists into exile in Paris. There she joins a group of young Germans in putting up resistance to the Nazi regime. Unlike many of her comrades-in-arms, Marion von Kammer is not destroyed by her life in exile, but rather finds inspiration from it for her further development as an artist.
Kirsten Winter's experimental animation film JUST IN TIME received an award from the jury in the section devoted to shorts. In this film, Winter combines real-life footage of a train journey through the USA with oil paintings, scratched film material and computer-processed images. Kirsten Winter - for whom this was the second time that she came away with a prize from Montreal - had been up against 13 other competitors.
A total of 19 films were in the running of the competition of the so-called "A" festival for the Grand Prix of the Americas. The jury consisted of the directors Percy Adlon (Germany), Mario Monicelli (Italy), Pat O'Connor (Ireland) and Fernando Solanas (Argentina) as well as the actresses Bibi Andersson (Sweden), Charlotte Laurier (Quebec) and the actor Stephen Rea (Ireland).
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