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The winners of the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards and the B3 BEN Awards have been chosen at a ceremony in the Frankfurt Pavilion on the evening of Saturday, 19 October 2019.

The Frankfurter Buchmesse were given in three categories: “Best Illustrated Book on Film”, “Best International Adaption for Children or Young Adults” and “Best International Literary Adaption”.

The winner in the category “Best International Literary Adaption” is the Norwegian drama “Out Stealing Horses” starring Stellan Skarsgård, directed by Hans Petter Moland and based on the novel by Per Petterson. The other nominees in the category were “The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão” (Martha Batalha/Karim Aïnouz), “Der Club der Singenden Metzger” (“The Master Butcher”) (Louise Erdrich/Ulrich Edel), Animals (Emma Jane Unsworth/Sophie Hyde) and “Deutschstunde” (“The German Lesson”) (Siegfried Lenz/Christian Schwochow).

Beat Glur, president of the jury of the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards Advisory Board, made the following statement regarding the winner: “Director Hans Petter Moland, who was able to get the author Per Petterson to collaborate on the screenplay, tells his congenial cinematic adaptation in flashbacks, like the book on which it is based. He succeeds superbly above all in transposing into physically powerful images the relentlessness and wildness of the landscape of eastern Norway. The Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård, without whom it is difficult to imagine Scandinavian cinema today, gives the embittered Trond, who looks back at his youth in the summer of 1948, a stoic composure.”

The winner in the category “Best International Adaption for Children or Young Adults” is the Dutch drama “My Extraordinary Summer with Tess” based on the book by Anna Woltz, directed by Steven Woulterlood and Screenplay by Laura van Dijk. The other nominees in this category were “Alfons Zitterbacke – Das Chaos is zurück” (“Alfons Zitterbacke – Return of the Chaos”) (Gerhart Holtz-Baumert/Mark Schlichter) and “Mein Lotta Leben – Alles Bingo mit Flamingo!” (“My Life as Lotta – All Bingo with Flamingo!”) (Alice Pantermüller/Neele Leana Vollmar).

Finally, the winner in the category “Best Illustrated Book on Film” is “The Big Illusion or How to Build a Movie Miracle”, published by the Slovakian company Slovart Publishing. The other nominees were: “Andrej Tarkovskij Leben und Werk” (“Andrei Tarkovsky: Life and Work”) (Schirmer/Mosel) and “Once Upon a Time in the West: Shooting a Masterpiece” (R|A|P). The prize for the category “Best Illustrated Book on Film” is awarded by Frankfurter Buchmesse, together with the MGIP Motovun Group of International Publishers.

And the winners of the B3 BEN Awards are:

Best Emerging Talent
Lena Chen + Molly Baber mit „Expose Her“

Best Immersive and Time Based Art
Victor Morales mit „Esperpento“

Best VR/AR/MR-Experience
Fernando Maldonado und Jorge Tereso mit "Gloomy Eyes" sowie Chris Lavis + Maciek Szczerbowski mit "Gymnasia"

Best Short Film
Sara Margrethe Oskal mit „Daughter of the Sun“

Best Feature Film
Itay Tal mit „God of the Piano“

Rotraut Pape Inspiration Award
Grace Glowicki

Most Influential Moving Image Artist
Steve McQueen

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About Frankfurter Buchmesse

Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,500 exhibitors from 109 countries, around 285,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and some 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers in attendance. It is the most important international marketplace for content – from novels and children’s books to academic databases and stories for films, games and virtual reality experiences. Publishing professionals from around the world meet here with partners from the technology sector and from related creative and cultural industries, sparking new partnerships and business models. A strong conference programme ensures that Frankfurter Buchmesse is a major source of inspiration for content experts from around the world. Since 1976, the book fair has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. Frankfurter Buchmesse organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers & Booksellers Association). in a new window)