Latvian-Lithuanian-French film triumphs at Warsaw festival

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International Warsaw Film Festival awarded Latvian-Lithuanian-French co-production The Jump first prize in the Best Documentary Feature Award category, representatives said October 19.

Director Giedrė Žickytė's The Jump, through eye-witness reports, rare archival footage and a dramatic first-person re-enactment by now 90-year-old would-be defector Simas Kudirka, in the producers' words, "takes us on a stranger-than-fiction journey that became an inspiration for people, pictures and politics, reaching all the way up to the White House."

Established in 1985, the Warsaw Film Festival has joined the elite group of events recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations as international film festivals - next to Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Locarno, San Sebastian, Karlovy Vary, Tokyo, Moscow, Mar del Plata, Montreal, Shanghai, Cairo, Goa, and Tallinn.

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