Awards of the Montreal World Film Festival - 1998




Monique Mercure, actrice (Canada), President

David Ansen, film critic (U.S.A.)

Fabio Carpi, director (Italy)

Emanuel Levy, film critic (U.S.A.)

Osvaldo Montes, music composer (Argentina)

Santiago Ramos, actor (Spain)




Feature films


Grand Prix of the Americas (Best films) :

« The Quarry » by Marion Hänsel (Belgium/France)

« Vollmond » (Full Moon) by Fredi M. Murer (Switzerland/Germany)


Special Grand Prix of the Jury :

« Sunbird » by Wang Xueqi, Yang Liping (China)


Best Director :

« 2 Seconds » by Manon Briand (Canada)


Best Actress :

Ingrid Rubio in the film « El Faro » by Eduardo Mignogna (Argentina/Spain)


Best Actor :

Hugo Weaving in the film « The Interview » by Craig Monahan (Australia)


Best Screenplay :

« The Man With Rain in His Shoes » by Maria Ripoll, screenplay by Rafa Russo (Spain/United Kingdom)


Best Artistic Contribution :

« The Quarry » for the music by Takashi Kako (directed by Marion Hänsel) (Belgium/France)


Short films :


1st prize :

« Andrologia » by Teresa Cardell (Spain)


2nd prize :

« En el espejo del cielo » by Carlos Salces (Mexico)


Other Awards:


Special Grand Prix of the Americas:

Manoel de Oliveira for his exceptional contribution to the cinematographic art


Excellence Award:

Sandra Bullock


Montreal Award of the best first fiction film:

“2 Seconds” by Manon Briand (Canada)

Special mentions to:

“Terra Nova” by Paul Middleditch (Australia)

“L’Arrière-pays” by Jacques Nolot (France)


Air Canada People’s Choice Award:

Life is Beautiful” (La Vita è bella) by Roberto Benigni (Italy)


FedEx Award of the best Canadian film:

2 Secondes” by Manon Briand


International press award (FIPRESCI):

Begging for Love” (Aiwo Kouhito) by Hideyuki Hirayama (Japan)

Special mentions:

The Interview” by Craig Monahan (Australia)

The May Lady” (Banoo-Ye Ordibehesht) by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad (Iran)


Ecumenical Jury award:

El Faro” by Eduardo Mignogna (Argentina)



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