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Miguel Gomes Takes Ghent Film Festival’s Top Prize for ‘Tabu’

Miguel Gomes Takes Ghent Film Festival's Top Prize for 'Tabu'

Portuguese director Miguel Gomes’s “Tabu” has come away from the 39th Ghent Film Festival with the Grand Prix for best film, the international festival jury announced Wednesday. Gomes, whose previous work includes “Our Beloved Month of August” and “The Face You Deserve,” enchanted critics from the get-go when “Tabu,” a poetic, black-and-white portrait of colonialism, premiered in February at the Berlin film festival.

In naming the winner, the jury, which was chaired by U.S. critic Joan Dupont, cited a “highly original approach to a mysterious love story” and a “creative reflection on colonial history.” Other Grand Prix recipients in recent years include Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Elena” and Feo Aladag’s “When We Leave.”

“Tabu” screened last week at the New York Film Festival and will open in theaters via Adopt Films December 26.

Check out Eric Kohn’s review from the Berlin festival here.

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