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The Sea wins at Euro Panorama

Films from former socialist bloc countries swept the awards at the 26th Panorama of European Cinema Festival in Athens.

Alexandra Strelyanaya’s The Sea, a Russian production by Alexey Uchitel, received the best film award.

The film is a sentimental drama with social and environmental overtones set in the Russian Kola peninsula on the North Sea coast.

Class Enemy by Slovenian Rok Bicek, in which students and teachers clash at a high school, received the Fipresci award.

Withering by Milos Pusic, a Serbian-Swedish-Swiss co-production about a young villager’s efforts to escape poverty by emigrating to Switzerland, received the audience award.

A career award was presented to local director Yorgos Tsemberopoulos, back from the UK where his latest The Enemy Within played at the London Film Festival.

Other career awards went to veteran art director Anastasia Arseni and celebrated theatre and film actor Minas Hatzissavas.

The festival, steered by artistic director Ninos Fenek Mikelides, featured more than

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