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"Twilight Portrait" & "Le Havre" Nab Top Prizes at Reykjavik International Film Festival

Indiewire By Brian Brooks | Indiewire October 1, 2011 at 10:33AM

Russian director Angelina Nikonova's "Twilight Portrait," the story of revenge between a social worker and a militia man against the modern day backdrop of a Russia ridden with social conflict, won the Golden Puffin prize at the 2011 Reykjavik International Film Festival over the weekend, with a special mention going to Andrea Segre's "Shun Li and the Poet." Also receiving a nod was Norwegian director Joachim Trier's "Oslo, 31, August."
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Russian director Angelina Nikonova's "Twilight Portrait," the story of revenge between a social worker and a militia man against the modern day backdrop of a Russia ridden with social conflict, won the Golden Puffin prize at the 2011 Reykjavik International Film Festival over the weekend, with a special mention going to Andrea Segre's "Shun Li and the Poet." Also receiving a nod was Norwegian director Joachim Trier's "Oslo, 31, August."

Aki Kaurismaki’s latest, "Le Havre," meanwhile, won the RIFF Audience Award.

The Reykjavik International Film Festival, which opened September 27, continues through October 7.

The 2011 Reykjavik International Film Festival winners with description provided by the festival:

Golden Puffin Award: "Twilight Portrait," directed by Angelina Nikonova
The story of revenge between a social worker and a militia man against the modern day backdrop of a Russia ridden with social conflict.

Special Mention: "Sun Li and the Poet" (Io Sono Li), directed by Andrea Sgre

Special Mention: "Oslo, 31, August," directed by Andrea Joachim Trier

FIPRESCI Award: "Volcano," directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson
"Volcano" is about growing old and reminds us of the human need for care and presence.

The Church of Iceland Award: "Volcano," directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson

RIFF Audience Award: "Le Havre," directed by Aki Kaurismaki
A romantic tale of the triumph of the human spirit as a young African illegal immigrant passes through the fabled port city on his way to London.

RIFF Environmental Award: "The Pipe," directed by Risteard Ó Domhnaill

Best Icelandic Short Film: "Skadi" (Come to Harm), directed by Börkur Sigthorsson

Special Mention: "Invisible Border," directed by Haukur M. Hrafnsson