Laura Bispuri, director of Sworn Virgin (Idaly/Switzerland/Germany/Albania/Kosovo) 2015, received the Golden Gate New Directors Prize during San Francisco International Film Festival 58.
The jury said, Laura Bispuri is a distinct new filmmaking talent who we are excited to follow as her career progresses. There is a great purity and truth in her approach to a story of contemporary female struggle. Bispuri has crafted a film, grounded by extraordinary performances, that is at once effortless and delicate, but also bold in its execution.
The award includes a $10,000 cash prize.
Recipients of the previous two years were Benjamín Naishtat for History of Fear (Argentina/France /Germany/Qatar/Uruguay) and Belmin Sölyemez for Present Tense (Turkey).
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