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‘Ostrov — Lost Island,’ ‘Zo Reken’ Win Hot Docs’ Top Jury Awards

‘Ostrov — Lost Island,’ ‘Zo Reken’ Win Hot Docs’ Top Jury Awards

Svetlana Rodina and Laurent Stoop’s “Ostrov — Lost Island” and Emanuel Licha’s “Zo Reken” took the top Hot Docs jury awards at a special online ceremony webcast from Toronto Friday night.

Eleven awards and $67,000 Cad in cash and prizes were presented to emerging and established Canadian and international filmmakers.

Best International Feature Documentary Award-winner “Ostrov — Lost Island” chronicles a fishing community in the Caspian Sea, where elders cling to tradition and youth look to a new kind of future. The award comes with a $10,000 Cad cash prize courtesy of the Panicaro Foundation.

In its statement, the international feature jury — MTV Networks executive producer Sheila Nevins, filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda, and producer Toni Kama — called the film “a truly powerful cinematic experience which shows the everyday reality of people in Russia.”

With this award, “Ostrov” now qualifies for consideration in the Best Documentary Feature category of the Academy Awards without the standard theatrical run,

See full article on Variety