Matterhorn and Wadjda win audience awards

The audience of IFFR 2013 has voted: Diederik Ebbinge's debut film Matterhorn takes home the UPC Audience Award for the highest rating, while runner-up Wadjda by Haifaa Al Mansour wins the Dioraphte Award for best Hubert Bals Fund-supported film. Each win prizes of €10.000.

Matterhorn tells the tragicomical story of widower Fred (Ton Kas) who leads a lonely life after his wife passed away. His life takes an unexpected turn when a stranger (René van ’t Hof) calls at his doorstep. Cinéart Netherlands will release Matterhorn 7 February in Dutch film theatres.

Wadjda, supported in its script stage by the Hubert Bals Fund, is about a 10-year-old girl in Saudi Arabia who wants a green bicycle. Her conservative surroundings think that a girl should not ride a bike, but she perseveres. Taboo-breaking Haifaa Al Mansour is regarded as the first female filmmaker from Saudi Arabia. Her first three short films, her award-winning documentary Women without Shadows (2005) and her fiction feature début Wadjda influenced many directors in her region.