A trio of docs scooped the top three prizes at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival in Scotland, with Leviathan (pictured), Fire in the Night and A World Not Ours all taking home trophies.
Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s Leviathan, an avant-garde documentary set aboard a fishing vessel as it navigates the waters off the coast of New England, picked up the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at a ceremony on Friday (June 28).
The Edinburgh jury said the film was “an original and imaginative documentary which observes the brutal routine of deep sea fishing in a way which completely immerses the watcher in its story.”
Meanwhile, the festival’s Audience Award was given to Anthony Wonke’s Fire in the Night. The film looks at the Piper Alpha disaster of 1988, which saw an explosion on a North Sea oil rig kill 167 people.
Finally, the award for best film in the International competition went to Mahdi Fleifel’s doc A World Not Ours, which offers a personal portrait of three generations of exiled inhabitants living in a refugee camp in southern Lebanon.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival ran from June 19-30.