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The Hollywood Reporter Award

The Hollywood Reporter Award honors the best fictional contribution in the competition series Top Ten TV and Best of Cinema Fiction. This year, the prize is awarded to Argentinian director Gaspar Noé for his film VORTEX. The prize is endowed with 10,000 euros.

There are two kinds of filmmakers: those who spend their whole careers working on one particular style, trying to perfect it – think Ken Loach or Roy Andersson. And then there are those who start every project from a clean slate, hurling themselves passionately into each new formal experiment – and Gaspar Noé is the paradigm for this approach. With IRREVERSIBLE (2002) he reversed the aftermath of a gruesome crime back to front; in ENTER THE VOID (2009) he captured a long-lasting drug hallucination in a single long shot; and in LOVE (2015) he chose 3D as an immersive tool for a very explicit love story – and his latest film VORTEX (2021) tells the tale of two lives in split screen. The Argentinian filmmaker living in France is often called a provocateur, but it would be closer to the truth to say that he celebrates the birthplace of cinema in the carnival tents. But most of all he is fearlessly searching for original and suitable forms for his existential themes and stories.

The winners of the Hollywood Reporter Award in recent years are:

2020 Thomas Vinterberg
2019 Abel Ferrara
2018 Pavel Pavlikowski
2017 Sean Bean
2016 Christopher Doyle
2015 Mathieu Amalric
2014 Tom Tykwer
2013 Sibel Kekilli
2012 Karl Baumgartner
2011 Paul Abbott for the series SHAMELESS and EXILE
2010 Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss for the TV series MAD MEN
2009 Max Wiedemann and Quirin Berg
2008 Christian Becker