FESTIVALS: Pleasure Wins Art Film Fest Košice 2021

    Pleasure by Ninja Thyberg Pleasure by Ninja Thyberg

    KOŠICE: Pleasure by Ninja Thybergwon, a coproduction between Sweden, the Netherlands and France, won the Blue Angel, the main prize in the International Competition of the 28th Art Film Fest Košice, which took place 23 – 27 June 2021.

    This year the organisers decided to announce the winners at a press conference on 27 June 2021 at the Press Centre in Kulturpark Košice, as various restrictions still apply at the border.

    The winners were chosen from the nine competition films by a jury composed of playwright Maja Hriešik, director Tereza Nvotová and actress Natália Germáni.

    The artistic director of the festival Peter Nagel announced the date of the next edition as 17 – 25 June 2022.


    Best Film:
    Pleasure (Sweden, the Netherlands, France)
    Directed by Ninja Thyberg

    Best Director:
    Ivan Ikić for Oasis / Oaza (Serbia, Slovenia, the Netherlands, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    Produced by SENSE Production
    Coproduced by Kepler Film (NL), Tramal Films (SL), SCCA / Pro.ba (BH), Les Films d’Antoine (FR)
    Maja Hriešik and Natália GermániSupported by Film Center Serbia, the Slovenian Film Center, the Netherlands Film Fund, the Sarajevo Cinema FundCreative Europe - MEDIA and Eurimages

    Best Actress:
    Sofia Kappel for Pleasure (Sweden, the Netherlands, France)
    Directed by Ninja Thyberg

    Best Actor:
    Vladimir Onochov for The Whaler Boy / Kitoboy (Russia, Poland, Belgium)
    Directed by Philipp Yuryev
    Produced by Rock Films (RU)
    Coproduced by Orka (PL), Mans Film Productions (BE)
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute

    Special Mention:
    Michał Dymek, the DOP of Sweat (Poland, Sweden, France)
    Directed by Magnus von Horn
    Produced by Lava Films (PL)
    Coproduced by Zentropa Sweden (SE), EC1 Łódź – Miasto KulturyDi Factory (PL), Opus Film (PL), Film i Väst (SE), Canal+ (PL), Ciné: ma Defacto (FR)
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute, the Swedish Film Institute and Creative Europe

    Audience Award:
    The Big Hit / Un triomphe (Australia, Canada, Spain, France)
    Directed by Emmanuel Courcol