Gyula Nemes' LOST WORLD won Best International Film Award at the 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival in Michigan.
The Michigan festival's awards were selected by jurors Irina Leimbacher, Ben Russell and Tomonari Nishikawa on 28th March, 2010.
The international jury rewarded Gyula Nemes' 20 minutes black&white documentary, Lost World about the life, demolition and reconstruction of the Kopaszi dam. Shot over ten years in a forgotten landscape in the center of Budapest. A portrait of the people living in houseboats and wooden houses, struggling against floods, snow and investors who want to evict them.
Lost World by Gyula Nemes graduated from the famous FAMU in Prague – not only was the first Hungarian to win a main prize in Hamburg filmfest, but last July - also as first Hungarian - the Crystal Globe, given to the Best Short Documentary collected at the 43rd Karlovy Vary IFF.
Lost World was coproduced by Absolut Film and Duna Műhely in 2008, and since then has won festival prizes in Bucharest, Houston, Pamplona, Ravenna and also in Nicosia.
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is one of the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America.
Founded in 1963 by UM professor George Manupelli, the AAFF started as a vital forum for filmmakers outside of the commercial film industry to share their art with audiences. Today the festival continues its founding spirit as a premier showcase for bold, visionary, experimental and high-caliber films. Pioneers in the world of film and art have shown early work at the AAFF, including Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Kenneth Anger, Gus Van Sant, Barbara
Hammer, Devo and George Lucas, along with thousands of other influential filmmakers.