The German competition entry MOSTLY MARTHA (BELLA MARTHA) by Sandra Nettelbeck was awarded the Jury’s GRAND PRIX for the best feature film at the 24th Festival International Films de Femmes in Créteil. The jury consisted of the following women: Suzana Amaral, Jean Cazenave, Laura del Sol, Yann Le Masson, Marie-Catherine Marchetti and Zoe Valdes.
The Festival International de Films de Femmes in Créteil is regarded as one of the most important international meeting places for women filmmakers and as a springboard for new directors.
The international jury of the 17th Festival International de Cine de Mar del Plata awarded the German-international co-production TAKING SIDES by István Szabó (Germany, Great Britain, France) with the SILVER OMBÚ for best direction. Another SILVER OMBÚ was presented to the Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard in the category of „Best Actor“ for his role as Wilhelm Furtwängler, while TAKING SIDES cinematographer Lajos Koltai received the prize for best cinematography from the association of cinematographers von (ADF Jury) and the KODAK AWARD.
The SILVER OMBÚ for “Best Actress” went to Kirsten Dunst in the role of Marion Davies in the second German-international competition entry THE CAT’S MEOW by Peter Bogdanovich (Germany, Switzerland, Canada).
One of the jury’s two special mentions was presented to the third German-international competition entry ANNAS SOMMER by Jeanine Meerapfel (Germany, Spain, Greece).
Recognised by the FIAPF, the Festival International de Cine de Mar del Plata is one of the current twelve so-called "A-Festivals" and thus one of the most important film events worldwide.