November 17, 2023 - 12:11 AMT
Armenian filmmaker Shoghakat Vardanyan wins IDFA‘s best film prize

Armenian filmmaker Shoghakat Vardanyan‘s “1489”, which follows the director’s family after her brother goes missing while serving in the Armenian army, won documentary festival IDFA‘s best film prize Thursday, November 16, Variety reports.

The jury of the International Competition section said it was film that “acts as a piercing light that makes visible the vast hidden interior landscape of grief and creates a tangible presence from unbearable absence.”

The jury added that it was “cinema as a tool of survival — to allow us all, to look at the things we would rather not see, and ultimately, an unforgettable example of cinema as an act of love.”