Ben Sharrock’s UK drama “Limbo” has been awarded the best film and best screenplay prizes at the International Film Festival & Awards Macao. The event was held online due to pandemic. Japanese auteur Koreeda Hirokazu was bestowed with the festival’s Spirit of Cinema honorary award. The best film trophy is accompanied by a cash prize of $60,000.
The film follows a Syrian refugee in a remote Scottish island as he awaits his asylum application to be processed and his arm to heal allowing him to play his musical instrument. It was previously selected for the Cannes festival.
The IFFAM jury, led by mainland Chinese director Ning Hao, made a unanimous decision before awarding the $60,000 prize to Sharrock. “It was a thought-provoking piece of work, because of its in-depth exploration of society and also the relationship between culture and humanity. Combined with the director’s unique film language and a modern artistic style, it magically blends together and gives the audience unforgettable pleasure and enjoyment of all senses,” Ning said afterwards.
In his acceptance speech, Koreeda said: “It is 25 years since I became a film director. Recently there have been many chances to receive these kinds of awards. Besides being ecstatic, I feel that my hard work has finally paid off. In the days to come, I hope to continue to create and produce more movies, and continue the spirit of creativity and hard work.”