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Film of the Year Award “Neitsi Maali” 2013 went to Mandarins

Posted on 09. January 2014

Film of the Year Award “Neitsi Maali” 2013 went to Mandarins

At the award ceremony in cinema theatre Sõprus the Estonian Association of Film Journalists announced that the winner of the Film of the Year 2013 title is “Mandarins” (director Zaza Urushadze) co-produced by Estonians and Georgians. The Neitsi Maali award was given to the film “Mandarins” for its humane and anti-war narrative of Estonians in a situation they have known so well for ages: being victims in foreign wars. The film was awarded with a cash prize and a Neitsi Maali bronze statuette.

At the same occasion the Estonian Association of Film Journalists awarded the best film critic of the year as well. This time the title went to Jaan Ruus for a collection of interviews “Eesti Filmi täheatlas” (Star Map of Estonian Films) with its vivid depiction of the era of our film history and his artistically demanding reviews of new domestic film productions published in Eesti Ekspress.

The Estonian Association of Film Journalists was established in 1993 and it is a member of the international organisation of film journalists FIPRESC. This is the twenty first consecutive annual Film of The Year award. The Film of the Year award of the Estonian Association of Film Journalists is the film award with the longest traditions during the independent period of the Estonian Republic. It is called the Neitsi Maali award and it is accompanied with an original bronze statuette (by Priit Tender) and a cash prize by Olympic Casino. The award of the Best Critic of the Year is funded by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.