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Films awarded 2004

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Tromsø International Film Festival:
Vodka Lemon (Armenia/France/Italy/Switzerland) by Hiner Saleem was awarded the Don Quijote prize. The jury: Tale Severina Sægrov Halsør (Tromsø Filmklubb, Norway), David Phillips (Swansea Film Society, UK), Ivo Anderle (Kino Aero, Praha, Czech rep.). Web:

Berlin Film Festival 5.-15.02

Festival International de Films de Fribourg


Don Quijote prize awarded to Alf Chahr/A thousand Months by Faouzi Bensaidi, Morocco/France/Belgium. for iits compassion and its capacity to show the various levels of a changing society.

The Jury: M. Nicola Pietro Boccalini, Italy, Meritxell Soler Gonzales, Spain, Regula Treichler, Suisse


Finale Plzen:
(Czech rep.) by Tomáš Hejtmánek was awarded the Don Quijote prize.
Web: www.finaleplzen.cz

Caminhos do Cinema Português (Coimbra):
Entre duas Terras (Portugal) by Antonio Saraiva and Muriel Jaquerod) was awarded the Don Quijote prize
The Jury: Carlos Cuelho (Portugal), Mari Roald Bern (Norway), Julien Basdevant (France).
Web: www.caminhos.info

 Cracow Film festival (Poland):
Contamination by Carl Stevenson was awarded the Don Quijote prize. The Jury: Ewa Lazaruk (France), Laurent Sester (Switzerland) and Jacek Jaroszyk (Poland).

Zlin Festival, film for children and young people (Czech Rep.)
Planta Cuarta/Fourth Floor
by Antonio Mercero (Spain, 2003), was awarded the DQ award.The Jury: Svea Pillau (Est.), Domenico Farina (It.) and Jitka Kralicova.

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic)
Don Quioxte Prize:  The Riverside | Kenar-e Roodkhaneh, Director: Ali-Reza Amini   /  Iran, 2004
Special Mention:
Aftermath | Lad de sma born, Director : Paprika Steen  / Denmark, 2004
The jury: Alice Black, Ireland, Torbjørn Grav, Norway, Gunar Klapp, Germ, BKF, Petr Korc, Czech Rep, Lorenzo Oss Pegorar, Italy, UICC.

 57th Locarno International Film Festival (4th to 14th August 2004)
DQ prize to: ANDRÉ VALENTE  (Portugal)by Catarina Ruivo. The film describes in an unsentimental but intense way the life and the relations of an eight years old boy. The jury especially appreciates the density of the story and the director's very  personal approach to it. The members of the jury were : Görel Amcoff (Sweden) and Chairman Bernt Lindner (Germany), Anne-Katrin Weber (Switzerland). http://2004.pardo.ch

International Childrenfilmfestival Frankfurt (Main) 19-26 sept. 2004
DQ prize to: Sea of silence (“Verder dan de maan”) (Netherlands- Belgium- Danmark- Germany) by Stijn Coninx . “A well acted and directed film that deals with emotionally difficult subject and offers us great hope and redemption.” Jury´s special mention went to the first African full lengh muppet film The Legend of the Sky Kingdom (Zimbabwe) by Roger Hawkins with the motivation “A timeless tale told in an original and very creative format.”  
The jury:  Bernt Lindner (Germany), Donal Heyes (Ireland) and Tiit Merisalu (Estonia). http://www.lucasfilmfestival.de

Kyiv IFF Molodist, 23.-31-10.
The DQ award was given to Kontroll by Nimrod Antal, Hungary. Special mention Marco and the Wolf by Kilian von Keiserlingk, Germany. The Jury: Haavard Skullerud, Norway, Lorna-Lee Sagebiel, Great Britain, Alik Shpilyuk, Ukraine

14th Film Festival Cottbus, Festival of East European Cinema 2nd to 6th November 2004

 The FICC/ IFFS jury Jury awarded the Don Quijote prize to:
SCHIZO  by Guka Omarowa / Russia, Kazakhstan, France, Germany. A sober, intelligent and powerful story, in which the director, in a naturalistic way, portrays a small community trying to find their own directions, to cope with and to survive in a society which has suffered profound social and economic changes. Materialism is the new aim in this men¹s world, and the film shows that the only way out is trust and being responsible for your own actions.
Mit ihrer sachlichen, intelligenten und doch kraftvollen Geschichte porträtiert Guka Omarowa auf naturalistische Art eine Handvoll Menschen, die ihren Weg suchen, um in einer plötzlich und grundlegend veränderten sozialen und ökonomischen Umgebung zu überleben.
Materialismus ist das neue Zentrum dieser wiederum von Männern geprägten Welt, doch die Geschichte verweist auf den einzigen Ausweg ­ auf Vertrauen in den Anderen und selbstbestimmtes Handeln.
The jury : ANDRÉ C. J. VIANE (Portugal) VEIT GELDNER (Germany), MART RUMMO(Estonia)
Further information about the festival from www.filmfestivalcottbus.de/


Evora International Short Film Festival, 19 - 27 NOV 2004, Portugal

The FICC/ IFFS JURY Jury awarded DON QUIJOTE PRIZE unanimously to: Vanya by Christina Zulauf / Switzerland/ 2003/ 21 mins / 35mm. On a stormy winter night in the taiga, an unexpected guest appears at the door of the old huntsman "Nikiritsch". Vanya, a young man who has escaped from prison, is practically frozen to death. The old man helps him and also protects him from the police. The young man fails to thank him. It's every man for himself...
Special Mention: El Hombre
Del Saco (Bogeyman) by Miguel Ángel Vivas / Spain / 2004 / 23 mins / 35mm
The sudden death of little Nemo's mother forces him to move to the home of his uncle and aunt. The place seems to be quiet enough until an unexpected visitor begins to turn up at night.
The jury : Armando Joao Russel Fereira (
Portugal) Line Tveiten (Norway)Gert Weidenfeld (Germany)

More information:  http://www.fikeonline.net

8. TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL 3 - 11 December 2004 - (Tallinn, Estonia)

The FICC/ IFFS  Jury awarded the DON QUIJOTE PRIZE unanimously to: León y Olvido by Xavier Sanchéz Bermúdez/ Spain / 2004 / 112 mins / 35mm. "A daring and provocative film about the choices of desire not accepted by established concepts of right and wrong"
 Special Mentions. 3 Iron by Kim Ki-Duk /
South Korea / 2004 / 90 mins /35mm. "A brilliantly cinematographic film about a parallel world of hope'
 The jury were : Mart Remmo, Estonia, Raul Broceno Corrales, Spain, Catalan Fed., Atle Hunnes Isaksen, Norway. Further information about the festival from www.poff.ee/eng/about_festival

1-16 December 2004 - (
Dhaka, Bangladesh)

 The FICC/ IFFS JURY Jury awarded the DON QUIJOTE PRIZE to:
Travellers and Magicians by Khyentse Norbu/
Bhutan / 108 mins / 2004/ 35mm. "A beautifully realised story within a story. Khyentse Norbu¹s multi-layered and subtle film explores the universal human desire to attain our dreams. "
Special Mention: Joyjatra by Tauquir Ahmed /
Bangladesh /35mm. "A skilful depiction of the quest for survival of a group of ordinary people during the struggle for national Emancipation'. Jury Commendation: Laaj by  Manzu Borah / India. "The Jury decided to award a commendation to director Manzu Borah for her conviction and sincerity in portraying the story of a girl¹s coming of age in poverty stricken conditions".
The members of the jury were :Prasanna Vithanage  - Chairman of IFFS Jury -  (
Sri Lanka), Terence White (Ireland), Akhtaruzzman (Bangladesh