Kapiti film-makers win in Berlin

Last updated 16:04 19/02/2013
Shopping
KENT BLECHYNDEN/Fairfax NZ
PALS: Old mates Mark Albiston, left, and Louis Sutherland directed the Kapiti Coast-shot film Shopping.

Relevant offers

Film

Movie Review: The Passion of Augustine - nuanced, reflective and unashamedly intelligent Movie Review: Whitney: Can I Be Me - the heartbreaking watch of the making/breaking of a pop princess Movie Review: The Hippopotamus - a deeply disappointing Stephen Fry adaptation Avatar stars, director James Cameron on hand to open Disney attraction based on movie Tom Cruise confirms there will be a Top Gun 2 Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - offers only rudderless action Roger Moore's top movie cars Manchester attack: Wonder Woman's London premiere the latest casualty How Star Wars blazed a path for filmmakers across the galaxy Weta add touch of magic to Blade Runner 2049

A jury of teenagers have awarded Kapiti film-makers Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland the Grand Prix in the Berlin International Film Festival.

Their film Shopping won the Grand Prix for best feature film in the Generation section of the festival - voted on by a jury of three teenagers.

Known as the Berlinale, the film festival is one of the world's most prestigious, with about 400 films shown each year across seven sections.

The three jury members said the film, which is set in 1981 Kapiti, was an "extremely compelling" tale with a fantastic lead actor in Kevin Paulo.

"We loved watching him on screen and felt a deep empathy with him," the jury said in its notes.

"Sharp editing, strong visual choices and a complex, painful and loving portrayal of family."

Coming off the back of their two short films, The Six Dollar Fifty Man and Run, Shopping is the pair's first full-length feature film.

Shot on the Kapiti Coast and in Wellington, the film which focuses on Paulo's character Willie as he balances family life with small-time crime, took almost six years to make it to the silver screen.

It showed at the Sundance Film Festival last month, but failed to pick up any awards.Filmed with funding from the New Zealand Film Commission, Shopping is scheduled to be released in New Zealand theatres later in 2013.

Film Commission chief executive Graeme Mason said the Grand Prix was an incredible achievement for the team.

"Mark and Louis are no strangers to sweeping awards and to win this Grand Prix is yet another fantastic recognition of their talent."

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content