The film festivals in Tbilisi and Cairo concluded this weekend, and the end of a festival can mean only one thing: It's time to give out some prizes!

It was the eighth edition of the relatively young Tbilisi International Film Festival (it's the capital city of the former Soviet republic of Georgia, you know), and they keep things simple over there. The films are almost all from Europe, particularly eastern Europe, and there are just four prizes given: best film, best director, most "outstanding poetic vision," and best film as chosen by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI).

The top winner was Andrzej Jakimowski's Polish film Tricks (Sztuczki), which took the best picture prize as well as the poetic vision award. The film, about a boy trying to reunite his estranged parents (hey, it's the Polish Parent Trap!), was previously a winner at fests in Poland, São Paulo, and Venice.
Meanwhile, the director prize went to Aleksei Popogrebsky, from Russia, for his film Simple Things (Prostye veshchi), previously a multi-award winner at Karlovy Vary. The FIPRESCI prize was given to David Volach's Israeli film My Father My Lord (Hofshat Kaits).
categories Awards, Cinematical