With the Danish film festival CPH:PIX coming to an end, the winners have now been announced, with Bulgarian director Ralitza Petrova’s feature debut, Godless, winning the New Talent Grand Pix Award.
CPH:PIX returned after some time off to re-format, launching in autumn instead of April and now with the Buster International Children’s Film Festival as part of PIX. There were a record number of 226 films on show, including 10 contenders for the first-feature prize.
This marks the 19th international award for Godless: having picked up the Golden Puffin at the Reykjavik International Film Festival and is currently competing at the Stockholm International Film Festival. Godless follows a nurse who traffics the ID cards of patients with dementia on the black market for identity thefts, driven by the lure of easy money and an addiction to morphine.
Meanwhile, Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson’s feature debut, Heartstone won the Audience Award. This comes shortly after it picked up the NDR Prize at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck.
Swedish director Alexandra-Therese Keining’s Girls Lost was named the Best Children’s Film. It follows three teenage girls who are bullied by their companions. They discover a curious plant and when they drink its nectar, they are temporarily transformed into boys.