The Vancouver International Film Festival's inaugural Best New Director Award has gone to two films: the French film Miss and the Doctors, and Rekorder, from the Philippines.
Axelle Ropert's Miss and the Doctors, about two brothers who fall for the same woman (the title in French translates to "Stick out your tongue"), was called "a beautifully realized romantic drama, intelligent and full of love for all its characters" by the jury.
And Mikhail Red's Rekorder – about a videographer who films a murder – was described by the jury as "an ambitious, urgent and passionate film about the underside of contemporary urban life."
From Mexico, Vancouver Film School alumnus Marcelo Tobar's feature Asteroid – another sibling rivalry story – received a special mention. "A complex portrait of a sibling relationship that builds to a brave and resonant conclusion," said the jury.
The new prize, which replaces the former Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema, is awarded to a first or second-time international director for a creative and innovative film which has not yet won significant international recognition. There is no cash attached, but the prize is meant to help launch the careers of international promising young directors.
The winners were announced Thursday evening at VIFF.