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Films Awarded 2002

Network discoveries: Films Awarded by IFFS Juries in 2002

Sestry (Sisters) by Sergej Bodrov Jr., Russia 2001
The Compensation by Bennett Rathnayake, Sri Lanka
Wa dong ren (The Rule of the Game) by Ho Ping, Taiwan
Se Jie (Metamorphosis)by Zhong Qiang, China 2001
Radhost by Bohdan Sláma, Pavel Göbl and Marek Epstein, Czech Republic 1994-2001
Staroverci (Old Believers) by Jana Sevcíková, Czech republic 2001, 46 min, documentary
See No Evil by Ari Bafalouka, Greece 2002
Ikingut by Gisli Snaer Erlingsson, Iceland, 2001
Cuento de hadas dormir cocodrilos (Bedtime Fairy Tales for Crocodiles) by Ignacio Ortíz Cruz, Mexico, 2002
Tan de repente (Suddenly) by Diego Lerman, Argentina, 2002
Hirtenreise ins dritte Jahrtausend (Shepherd´s Journey into the Third Millennium) by Erich Langjahr, Switzerland, 2002
Slepa Pega (Blind Spot) by Hanna A.W. Slak, Slovenia 2002, 35mm, 87 min.
Point of View by Tomas Gislason, Denmark 2002, 107 min., 35mm
Sunduk Al Dunya (Sacrifices), by: Oussama Mohammad , Syria, 2002, 110 mins, 35mm

 

FESTIVALS, WINNERS AND JURIES

FICC Jury at the Tromsř Internasjonale Filmfestival (Tromso International Film Festival) 16-20 Jan.2002 (Norway)
The FICC Jury awarded the Don Quijote Prize
to:Sestry (Sisters) by Sergej Bodrov Jr., Russia 2001

Motivation of the jury:"The film, which is a debut, tells a story of a growing relationship in a desperate situation. Avoiding the clichés of the traditional mafia story, it shows a new Russian reality through the eyes of two young girls." Synopsis:The halfsisters Sveta and Katja are not the best of friends. Respectively 13 and 18 years old, they have grown apart - tomboy Sveta with her poor grandmother and Katja with her rich mother and the girls' common mafia father. when the father returns from prison and refuses to tell his mafia friends where a certain amount of money is hidden, the trouble starts. The mafiosi threaten to kidnap Katja, which forces the sisters to go on the run, bringing the sisters closer together.

A Special Mention was given to:
Ĺ seile sin egen sjř
(Coastal Life) by Řyvind Sandberg, Norway 2002
Motivation of the jury:"The film is a tribute to humanity made with charm and love for its characters and their surroundings." Synopsis: The film follows four individuals who live in different places on the Norwegian coast: a fisherwoman from the Lofot Islands, a versatile sheep farmer and driftwood collector from Helgeland, a boat builder from Austevold in Hordaland and an 82-year-old oyster farmer from Os. A poetic documentary about finding the good life. The four stories are told in parallel, integrating the portraits to form a whole.

The members of the FICC Jury: Pascale Pichler (CH), Jorgen Pillau (EE), Jens Styve (N)
More information on the festival's homepage: www.tromsokino.no/filmfestival

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FICC Jury at the 7th Dhaka International Film Festival, Bangladesh, 20 - 28 January 2002
The FICC Jury awarded the Don Quijote Prize to:
The Compensation by Bennett Rathnayake, Sri Lanka The jury of the International Federation of Film Societies has selected for its DON QUIJOTE AWARD a film of good craftsmanship and a good story. The film comes from a small nation where it is no doubt hard to get near the expensive and complex film medium and probably demands a lot of sacrifice from the person who wants to survive as a serious film maker in that country. Our prize goes to "The Compensation" and its first time director Bennett Rathnayake. With a blend of theatre and film actors the story is told in a very convincing visual style. It does have some problems with egality in acting and with the timing and credibility of certain sequences. Yet, the story comes well across and makes its points, and although it goes back and forth in time there is a straightforward flow which makes you stay on till the not bitter but rather happy end. We hope for Mr. Bennett Rathnayake that the Don Quixote Prize will help him go on with his career and develop his and his collaborators’ talent."

The members of the FICC Jury: Mr. Ole Petter Bakken (Norway), Mr. Ebbe Preisler (Denmark), Mr. Morshedul Islam (Bangladesh).
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FICC Jury at the Internationales Forum des jungen Films (Forum of New Cinema), Berlin Film Festival Feb. 2002

The FICC Jury awarded the Don Quijote Prize to:Wa dong ren (The Rule of the Game)
by Ho Ping, Taiwan 2001

Motivation of the jury: "Ho Ping’s film is a revelation. Throughout the film one feels the enthusiasm, determination and zeal with which the entire crew created this work with the means available. The story is tightly woven, and this is often intensified and augmented by the camerawork. The actors harmonize excellently, their in part dry and ironic performances support and complement it all. This film deserves recognition, which is why the 2002 FICC jury awards the Don Quixote Prize to it, and of course in doing so we hope to encourage Ho Ping to create further cineastic treats."

A Special Mention was given to:
Alexei to izumi
(Alexei and the Spring) by Motohashi Seiichi, Japan 2002
A Special Mention was given to:
Un día de suerte (A lucky Day) by Sandra Gugliotta, Argentina / Spain 2002

The members of the FICC Jury: Christian Heinzel (D), Alessandro La Rocca (I), Bjarke Overgaard (DK)
More information on the awarded films on the festival's homepage: www.fdk-berlin.de

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FICC Jury at the Festival international de films de Fribourg 2002 (Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland)

The FICC Jury awarded the Don Quijote Prize to: Se Jie (Metamorphosis)
by Zhong Qiang, China 2001. Motivation of the jury:"The Chinese film "Se Jie", a first feature by director Zhong Qiang, touched the jury with its freshness and elaborate dialogues in which traditional relationships are turned on their head. This story of a taxi driver and two women reports in documentary form the loneliness and loss of young people in the concrete jungle of the city. The film also impressed us with its artistic composition and the audacious diversity of music."
Synopsis:A is a recently divorced taxi driver. B is a business man who is married to a pretty woman, C. The couple lives just across from A's apartment. When she goes out, C often takes A's taxi. D, a young girl, moves into the apartment next to A's. One day, A witnesses a car accident. The police notice that there is money missing.

A Special Mention was given to: Aoud rih (The Wind Horse) by Daoud Aoulad-Syad, Marocco 2001. Motivation of the jury:"The Moroccan film "Aoud rih" shows the path of two characters, marginalized by changes of their society, who go in search of other ways of life. This film has convinced us of its humanity, the absence of fundamentalism and, through three female characters, the analysis of their particular situation in Marocco."
Synopsis: The story of a friendship between Tahar, an old man who following a dream wishes to die on his wife's grave, and Driss, a young man in search of his mother. These two vulnerable men cross Marocco in a sidecar pursuing ghosts and trying to find their real selves.

The members of the FICC Jury: Giovanni Crotti (President, Italy), Henriette Baldivia (France), Allan Foster (Scotland), Christianne Lelarge (Switzerland), Ute Mader (Germany)

More information on the festival's homepage: www.fiff.ch
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FICC Jury at the Finále Plzen 2002 (Finale Pilzen, Czech Republic)

The FICC Jury awarded the Don Quijote Prize to: Radhost
by Bohdan Sláma, Pavel Göbl and Marek Epstein, Czech Republic 1994-2001

Motivation of the jury:"For its fresh look at strange relationships in a colorful society."

Synopsis: Three short films from the new generation of Czech filmmakers. They have in common a similar poeticism, they work with non-actors, and they have an interest in finding worth in places where nothing is happening. The titles of the films are: "Zahrádka ráje" (Paradise Garden), "Otevrená krajina svobodného muze" (Open Landscape for a Free Man), "Radhost".

A Special Mention was given to:
Výlet
(Some Secrets)
by Alice Nellis, Czech Republic 2002

Motivation of the jury:"For its original approach to familiar constellations. The multi-faceted narration combines the genre of the road movie with the chamber piece, providing some unexpected turns in the road for both the amicable characters as well as for the audience."

Synopsis:An absurd Czech-Slovak road-movie set on the highway between Prague and a small cemetery on the Slovak border. The story tells of the excursion of a most peculiar family: a mother, her two daughters (Zuzana, battling with both a too kind husband and a too independent lover; and Ilona, a pregnant, exhausted housewife), Zuzana´s kind-hearted husband, grandmother, and even grandson Leon. They are all used to following their own paths, and are completely immersed in their own problems. Because of the father’s last wish – to be buried in a cemetery in his native country – they find themselves trapped in two cars in very mixed company. At first the journey to take the urn to the Slovak border seems a boring familial duty, but as the trip continues, they all realize that if they don’t solve their old problems here and now they’ll never be able to get on with their lives...

The members of the FICC Jury: Stefan Berger (Switzerland),José Cruz Marques (Portugal), Bosse Linde (Sweden), Martha Otte (Norway), Markéta Sulovská (Czech Republic).

More information on the festival's homepage: www.finaleplzen.cz

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FICC Jury at the Kraków Short Film Festival 2002 (Poland)

The FICC Jury awarded the Don Quijote Prize to: Staroverci (Old Believers) by Jana Sevcíková, Czech republic 2001, 46 min, documentary

Synopsis: In the 17th century, Russian people did not give up their orthodox belief, they remained faithless to the old church. Some of them moved to different parts of the world and this documentary follows the orthodox Russians who live in a community in the Danube delta in Rumania. Their present world is deeply religious but also a happy world.

A Special Mention was given to: Home Road Movies by Robert Bradbrook, Great Britain 2001, 12 min, fiction/animated

Synopsis: A journey back to the directors childhood in the fifties. His father, a common and not remarkable man leads every year his family on a journey abroad. He seams to devote all his spare time to keep the car in good shape. The fathers original purpose with the car is to please the relatives, but soon the car turns to an important family member. The film is produced in a mixed technique where everything except for the humans is animated.‹

A Special Mention was also given to: The Look of Happiness by Marianela Maldonado, Great Britain 2001, 25 min, fiction

Synopsis: A surrealistic story about a beautiful but a bit robot-like woman who "in a near future" is in a situation there she does not has any permanent accommodation. An offer of a flat is very mysterious, she has to undergo medical and psychological tests and the major part of the film follows the woman in this strange situation.

The members of the FICC Jury: Marek Hovorka, Czech Republic, Jacek Jaroszyk, Poland, Göran Andersson, Sweden.

More information on the festival's homepage: www.shortfilm.apollo.pl
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FICC Jury at the Festival de Cine de Huesca 2002 (Spain)

The FICC Jury awarded the Don Quijote Prize to: See No Evil by Ari Bafalouka, Greece 2002

Motivation of the jury:"The film is an impressive parable about a child's feeling of love for aged people, which continues after their death."

Synopsis: An old man and his granddaugther go out for their daily walk during which they play a game she has invented...

A Special Mention was given to: Kosmonaut by Stefan Faldbakken, Norway 2001

Motivation of the jury:"The film shows in an impressing cinematographic manner the journey of a cosmonaut into the solitude of space ending because of the political change in the Soviet Union."

A Special Mention was given to: Novela by Cédric Anger, France 2002

Motivation of the jury:"This is an outstanding and very well performed portrait of a young criminal who at the end becomes a murderer."

The members of the FICC Jury: Eva Furrer-Haller (CH), Francesc Guell Juncosa (E), Bernt Lindner (D)

More information on the festival's homepage: www.huesca-filmfestival.com

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FICC Jury at the Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth 2002 (Czech Republic)

The FICC Jury awarded the Don Quijote Prize to: Ikingut by Gisli Snaer Erlingsson, Iceland, 2001

Motivation of the jury:"Because it very well reflects the world of childern. It is emotionally strong and it deals with serious problems of remote society."

Synopsis: A small Eskimo boy comes drifting in on an iceberg to a settlement in northern Iceland. The inhabitants are superstitious and believe that this unusual visitor is an emissary of the devil and the cause of the handships brought on by the severe winter. When the boy makes friends with the priest's son he proves to be a blessing rather than a curse and the viallagers are forced to reconsider their believes and prejudices.

A Special Mention was given to: Y tu mama tambien (And Your Mother Too)
by Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico 2001

Motivation of the jury:"Because the film's subject is really close to young people. The film can open young people's eyes and thereby change their lives. The film talks to a young audience in its own language."

A Special Mention was given to: Bacheha-ye naft (Children of Petroleum)
by Ebrahim Forouzesh, Iran 2001

Motivation of the jury: "Because it deals with the problem of family in a poor region of Iran. The characters of and relationships within the family are very well described."

The members of the FICC Jury: Bernt Lindner (D), Radek Pernica (CZ), Maria Seligová (SR).

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FICC Jury at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2002 (Czech Republic)

The FICC Jury awarded the Don Quijote Prize to: Cuento de hadas dormir cocodrilos (Bedtime Fairy Tales for Crocodiles)
by Ignacio Ortíz Cruz, Mexico, 2002
Motivation of the jury:"For successfully integrating classical tragedy and magic realism."

Synopsis: Archangel lives in the city, he is troubled by the departure of his wife and his small autistic son Gabriel, and he suffers from chronic insomnia. He receives news from his brother that their father is dying and he sets off for a desolate rural settlement to see the old man for the last time. When he arrives in his native village, to his surprise, he finds out that both father and brother are long dead. Searching for his own roots, he discovers a curse which has afflicted his family for several generations: his great grandfather, desperate to get his hands on family property, killed his own brother. Archangel also discovers why he suffers from insomnia. The story of his family and ancestors began in 1860, and was influenced by events in Mexican history, such as the reign of President Benito Juárez, the French occupation, the reformation war, the Mexican revolution and mass emigration to the United States. Archangel’s memories return to his childhood – his mother had run off with another man, and he himself had been thrown out by his father after a serious argument with his brother. He tries for a reconciliation with his wife but, in the end, is unable to escape his fate.

The members of the FICC Jury: Peter Cargin, chairman (Great Britain), Göran Andersson (Sweden), Emilia López Alonso (Spain), Joe McMahon (Ireland), Jarmila Pilarová (Czech Republic).

More information on the festival's homepage: www.kviff.com

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FICC Jury at the 55th Locarno International Film Festival 2002 (Switzerland)

The FICC Jury awarded the Don Quijote Prize to: Tan de repente (Suddenly)
by Diego Lerman, Argentina, 2002

Motivation of the jury:"The director expertly handles all the elements – the camera, the composition, the script, the performances – to take us on an unexpected journey in which all the characters change and grow. The story itself and the way it is told are original, reveal a director of great maturity and potential."

Synopsis:
Coming from the countryside to Buenos Aires, Marcia, a solitary and strait-laced young shopgirl, now has a life bogged down in a stagnant routine. One day, she is followed in the street by Mao and Lenin, two lesbian punkettes, who provoke her with brutal frankness: Mao suggests they sleep together. Partly attracted, partly coerced, Marcia is drawn into conversation. "Love with no explanation can be proved, and the proof of love is worth as much as the feeling", she is assured by the unpredictable Mao, who is already excited at the thought of deflowering the innocent young girl. To prove this love, they take her on a walk to the sea, which Marcia has never seen. This outing becomes a voyage of initiation whose conclusion is endlessly postponed by unexpected events. This increasingly strange journey finally comes to an end at the house of Lenin’s aunt, where a couple of pensioners, Felipe and Delia, also live. Between these six characters, through a process of tentative reaching out and confrontation, the initial distrust is replaced, through an unexpected alchemy, by a relationship of complicity and tenderness. But to get the process started, the shock of death must first be faced…

The members of the FICC Jury: David Gillam (UK), Quim Crusellas Padrós (E), Claude Rossi (CH).

More information on the festival's homepage: www.pardo.ch

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FICC Jury at the 45th Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film 2002 (Germany)
The FICC Jury awarded the Don Quijote Prize to: Hirtenreise ins dritte Jahrtausend (Shepherd´s Journey into the Third Millennium)
by Erich Langjahr, Switzerland, 2002

Motivation of the jury:"An alternative way of living, certainly not easy nor romantic. Very simple but traditional actions, animals which are treated as members of the family, a non globalise journey through beautiful landscapes and a suspension of time. A perfect technique, an original soundtrack and superb editing for a leisurely journey into the world of emotion."

Synopsis: Following "Sennen-Ballade" (Alpine Ballad) and "Bauernkrieg" (Peasants' War), "Shepherd's Journey into the Third Millennium" is the third film in Erich Langjahr's trilogy in which he deals with fundamental questions of mankind and human existence. The questions focus on identity, survival and the future. One of the oldest cultural forms of human existence is being a shepherd. The film is about the daily life of shepherds who have chosen this way of life to meet their need for freedom.

The members of the FICC Jury: Giovanni Crotti (Italy), Shariful Islam (Bangladesh), Gunar Klapp (Germany).
More information on the festival's homepage: www.dokfestival-leipzig.de

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FICC Jury at the 12th Film Festival Cottbus 2002 (Germany)
The FICC Jury awarded the Don Quijote Prize to: Slepa Pega (Blind Spot)
by Hanna A.W. Slak, Slovenia 2002, 35mm, 87 min.

Motivation of the jury: "In a sensitive and reduced way the director tells us of the self-chosen, slow death of a person suffering from AIDS, of the love among brother and sister at the margins of society and the possibility of survival. Society offers no way out, and the painful consequences are his farewell and her help in it. Precise cinema, quiet cinema, defiant cinema. Lupa's eyes will stay in our memories for a long time."

Synopsis: A young man, Gladki has AIDS. Lupa, his sister want to save her brothers life. This story of a long slow death, of sisterly love, of claustrophobic dependency between jailer and vegetating prisoner, plays in a shabby, bare, dark room filled with love and despair.
The film deals with the coldness of relationships in modern society, with the search for refuges from loud bars and speechless family homes.

The members of the FICC Jury: Eva Furrer (Switzerland), Veit Geldner (Germany), Gary Hoctor (Ireland).
More information on the festival's homepage: www.filmfestivalcottbus.de

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 FICC Jury at the 32nd Kyiv International Film Festival "Molodist" 2002 (Ukraine)
The FICC Jury awarded the Don Quijote Prize to: Point of View by Tomas Gislason, Denmark 2002, 107 min., 35mm
Synopsis: Kamilla, a young Danish girl, leaves for Las Vegas to get married. During the ceremony she changes her mind and runs away. She is picked up by Rock, a 40 year-old loner on a motorcycle. A meeting with Rock’s aunt sends them in a pursuit of Rock’s father. During the trip, Rock has been carrying a mysterious package, and shortly before arriving in Seattle, Kamilla discovers what the package contains…

Motivation of the jury: "The Jury highly appreciated the visual form of the film and its excellent camera work, which suited the construction of the story and the complexity of the characters in a perfect way."

A Special Mention was given to Ichov tramway N9 (The tram N9 was going) by Stepan Koval, Ukraine 2002, 10 min., 35mm. Synopsis: This film is about just one trip on a tram. The passengers talk and look out the tram-window, and this is almost all that is happening in the film… Motivation of the Jury: "This animated film, about just one trip on a tram,was awarded because of the universality of its realistic description of situations from every day life, and of serious topics like love, war and suicide in such a way that the audience can take the exaggerations as a dreamt reality." Another Special Mention was given to Zavtra den rojdenia (Tomorrow will be Birthday) by Larisa Bocharova, Russia 2001, 14 min., 35mm . Synopsis: It is birthday eve. The young girl, feeling alone and misunderstood, does not want to live any longer. This is a comedy. Motivation of the Jury:"This film is a very impressive description of the feelings of a young girl living in a Russian suburb just before her birthday. Lack of communication, feeling of being alone without an ideal boyfriend, fears and expectations of becoming an adult, hope and dreams about the life she wishes to herself, all these questions appear in this delicate work. In a surprising and convincing form, allusions and references to the history of cinema played by the same characters are used to enhance their ideas and emotions all along the short story."

Members of the FICC-Jury: Mikhail Batalin (Ukraine), Torbjorn Grav (Norway), Laurent Sester (Switzerland). More information on the festival's homepage: www.molodist.com
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FICC jury at Figueira da Foz Fest. 2002 (Portugal)
The FICC Jury awarded the Don Quijote Prize to: Sunduk Al Dunya (Sacrifices), by: Oussama Mohammad , Syria, 2002, 110 mins, 35mm
"The Movie shows the Reaction that forces an Arabic family dominated by a poetical vision. It gives us a real sense of filmmaking."

Special Mention: Sadbata Kato Plach (Like the Life of a Mouse), by: Ivan Pavlov, Bulgaria, 2001, 75 mins 35mm
"An absurde comedy made out of tragic sketches."

Members of the FICC Jury: Miguel Alexandre Dinis, Portugal, Ramiro Ledo Cordeiro, Spain, Gert Weidenfeld, Germany.