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Tromsø International Film Festival 2012, Report by Hilde Lange, Norway

Tromsø International Film Festival has hosted the FICCs award Don Quixote Prize since 2000. The festival takes place in mid-january, just when the inhabitants of Tromsø are waiting for the sun to return and the best season for watching northern lights.

This year’s FICC jury consisted of:

Quim Crusellas, Cineclub Vic, Spain
Patric Schatzmann, Swiss Youth Film Days, Switzerland
Hilde Lange, Tromsø Children's Film Society, Norway

The competition program was common for several prizes. The Aurora Prize, the winner gets distribution in Norway, and the FIPRESCI Prize /The International critic's award. Together with the jury coordinator the three jurys walked from film to film. There were 11 films in the competition program. In the order of our viewing:

Jean Gentil, Dominican Republic/Germany/Mexico, 2010

Flowers of Evil, France, 2010

Rough Parole, Tunisia/Switzerland/Qatar, 2011

Into the Abyss, USA, 2011

Elena, Russia, 2011

Stopped on track/Halt auf freier strecke, Germany 2011

Faust, Russia 2011

Bullhead, Belgium 2011

Stories that only exist when remembered, Argentina/Brazil/France, 2011

Wuthering heights, UK 2011

11 Flowers, China 2011

At Saturday 21st, the day the sun returned in the main street, and the jury had to come to a decision and the winner was published before the closing screening.

This year’s FICCs jury at Tromsø International Film Festival come to this conclusion:

The FICC jury awards the Don Quijote-Prize to a film, which took a high risk. It is balancing on a thin line, and it would have been easy to fall into clichés. It is about coping with death, but also coping with life, and not without humor. Through all this you can see very authentic and convincing actors, both kids and adults. You can really feel the teamwork between the director and the actors. And we found Don Quijote in the film, in the role of a father, dying of cancer.

We give the Don Quijote Prize to the film “Stopped on Track – Halt auf freier Strecke” by Andreas Dresen.

And finally the jurymembers were awarded with the most beautiful northern lights guiding us to the closing party.

Hilde Lange
Tromsø film society