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Still Life Wins RIFF Golden Puffin Award

The Golden Puffin and FIPRESCI awards at this year’s Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) went to Still Life by Uberto Pasolini. The jury of the Golden Puffin awarded the film “for its artistic quality, but also for the sensitivity and touching human message the director succeeds to underline” while the jury of the FIPRESCI award described Still Life as being like “a piece of poetry,” as stated on

riff_2013_golden_puffin_award_still_lifeDirector Uberto Pasolini receiving the Golden Puffin from former President of Iceland and Golden Puffin jury member Vigdís Finnbogadóttir. Photo courtesy of RIFF.

The film tells the story of John May, whose job it is to find the next of kin of those who have died alone. If no relatives can be found he organizes the funeral of his forgotten “clients,” for whom he chooses the appropriate music and writes eulogies, which no one but him will hear.

Director Uberto Pasolini was presented with the award by former President of Iceland and Golden Puffin jury member Vigdís Finnbogadóttir yesterday evening.

Other accolades include: the Environmental Award, which went to Expedition to the End of the World by Daniel Dencik; the Church of Iceland Award, which went to The Lunchbox by Ritesh Batra; the Best Icelandic short, awarded to Whale Valley by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson; and the Golden Egg Award which went to Good Night by Muriel D’Ansembourg. The Audience Award went to We Are the Best by Lukas Moodysson.

RIFF concludes tonight.

Read more details about the awards here.

For more information about the festival go to

Read our coverage of RIFF 2013 here.


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