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Films awarded 2005

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Don Quijote prize was awarded to Blikket/ Le Regard (Dir: Nour-Eddine Lakhmari)
Norway, 2005The jury: Gustav Birkeland (Tromsø Filmklubb, Norway), Dörte Küll (Filmfest Braunschweig e.V., Germany), Laurent Sester, (Guilde du film, Bienne, Suisse)
Further details at www.tiff.no .

The jury awarded the DON QUIJOTE PRIZE to: Der irrationale Rest (The Irrational Remains) by Thorsten Trimpop/
Germany / 95 mins / 2005/ 35mm The jury thought that " Thorsten Trimpop's narration tells of  deep dramatic wounds, linking the past with the present.  The story of three people is told not only in their own words, but also through the director's filmmaking technique.  He allows silence to fill the frame.  When he lingers on details or on the faces of the friends, significant meaning is added to what is being said."
Special Mention: Kekexili  (Kekexili : Mountain Patrol) by Lu Chuan / China / 95 mins / 2004 /35mm The jury concluded that the director of Kekexili Lu Chuan manages to convey a
true event in fictional terms. In this film, echoes of a struggle for a
way of life, the defence of traditions, reach us where they otherwise
would be lost the vastness of the landscape.
The jury: Alice Black ,Ireland Serafino Fasulo, Italy, Jochen Lutz, Germany
Further details from http://www.berlinale.de

Morocco, March 25 - April 1, 2005.
The jury awarded the DON QUIJOTE PRIZE unanimously to: Ici by Zrinko Ogresta/ Croatia-Bosnia-Herzegovina / 2003/ 35mm
Special Mention: Dans les champs de bataille by Danielle Arbid/ France, Belgium, Libya / 2004 / 35mm and Mémoire en detention by Jilali Ferhati /  Morocco /  2004 / 35mm
The Jury: Mr Raul Broceño Corrales (Spain, Catalana), Ms Virgine Giachino (France), Jury Member representing Morocco
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XII 9th - 17th April 2005
The Don Quijote prize was awarded to: O outro lado do Arco-Íris by Gonçalo Galvão Teles, The Jury: Miranda Daly, Ireland, Steinar Sæthre, Norway, Juan Gómez Viñas, Spain (Galicia).More information:
http://ferreira.dominios.pt/index.php  / www.icam.pt
31 May - June 5 , 2005
The jury awarded the Don Quijote prizeunanimously to: Georgi i peperudite (Georgi and the Butterflies) by Andrey Paounov / Bulgaria / 2004 / Documentary/60 minutes
The jury commented that the film proves that - even when faced with a terrifying reality - people can find the positive aspects of life: good things can be found if people search for them.  
They also noted the excellence of the cinematography. Synopsis Georgi i peperudite tells the story of Dr Georgi Lulchev a psychiatrist, neurologist, administrator, amateur chef, entrepreneur and the Director of the Home for Psychologically Disturbed Men. His dream is to organise a farm in the yard of the Home, which is situated in a former 16th century monastery 20 kilometres from Sofia. There, the patients will be able to raise snails, ostriches and pheasants, produce silk fibres and soy bread. In a country where 80% of the population live in poverty, every day is marked by the struggle to survive. To overcome the shortage of funds, Georgi organises various activities. Over the past 15 years, Georgi has tried to implement some unconventional business ideas, failed, and resumed his efforts with unflagging enthusiasm and optimism. Special Mention to : Cesky Sen (Czech Dream) by Vit Klusak and Filip Remunda / Czech Republic /2004 / Documentary / 59 minutes and Morir de Amor by  Gil Alkabetz / Germany / 2004 / Animation / 13 minutes
The jury: Radka Korena, Czech Republic, Anna Korosadowicz, Poland (Chairperson), Dinah Münchow, Germany
Further details from http://www.cracowfilmfestival.pl/mainEn.html

45th ZLIN 2005 ­International Film Festival for Children and Youth
May 29 to June 4,  2005.
The FICC/ IFFS JURY Jury awarded the Don Quijote Prize unanimously to:
Fourteen sucks by Filippa Freijd, Martin Jern, Emil Larsson, Henrik Norrthon
Sweden  / 2004 /  83 minutes
Jury member Sally Murphy commented that this film was shot on low to no budget, with inexperienced actors and is truly amazing in its beauty and power! Synopsis: 14-year-old Emma finds her own friends too childish and prefers to hang out with her older brother¹s mates. This proves to be Emma¹s introduction to a whole new world ­ although she soon finds out that this world is by no means a bed of roses. She meets Patrick and she is forced to experience a most painful breach of her trust
FICC/IFFS Jury: Ivan Cech, Czech Republic, Sally Murphy, Ireland, Birgitte Bratseth , NorwayFurther details from

International Film Festival artfilm Trencianske Teplice,
Slovakia June 17 -25,  2005.
The FICC/ IFFS JURY Jury awarded the DON QUIJOTE PRIZE unanimously to: The Welts (Pregi) by Magdalena Piekorz Slovakia / 2004 /  91 minutes / 35mm. The jury expressed their positive appreciation of the film for both its technical and artistic aspects. The parallel between present day reality and fiction expressed in the film brings us to reflect on social and human relationships. SYNOPSIS:  Thirty year-old Wojciech is an ambitious and self-reliant man. Seemingly he has found his place in an orderly life living alone. Wojciech prefers not to have a family as it poses no risk in mistakenly becoming the sadistic father he remembers from his childhood. Not until a love interest appears in his life is he forced to face his haunted childhood memories and consequently his life choices.SPECIAL MENTION : Visions from the Inferno by Peter Dimitrov / Slovakia, Germany / 2004 / 57 minutes / Digibeta. The jury commended the film´s approach to the reality of Adolf Frankl. Through the film the director portrays the era of the holocaust, the art and the man. It brings a new look at the not so distant reality of the World War II and its effects on individuals and nations. The film is freely based on a cycle of paintings of the same name by Adolf Frankl, a survivor of the  concentration camps of the Fascist regime in Slovakia.FICC/IFFS Jury: Miranda Daly, Ireland, Joao Paulo Macedo , Portugal, Patrik Bartoška, Slovakia
Further details from http://www.artfilm.sk/?act=welcome

The FICC/IFFS Jury  gave the DON QUIJOTE Prize to:
Noriko's Dinner Table by  Sion Sono Japan / 2005 / 158 minutes / 35mm
A family portrait from contemporary
Japan about the generational rebellion of otherwise obedient daughters.
Special Mention: My Nikifor ( Mój Nikifor) by  Krzysztof Krauze
Poland / 2004/ 100 minutes / 35mm
The jury awarded the film for the naturalness of the film narration supported by the performances of the actors and cinematography.
The FICC Jury: Renata Vasova, Czech Republic, Mart Rummo, Estonia, Carla Magra Dias, Portugal, Johannes Horstmann, Germany, Serafino Fasulo, Italy (UICC).
Further information from http://www.iffkv.cz/?m=19

58th International film Festival Locarno
The FICC Jury
gives the DON QUIJOTE prize to: A Perfect Day by Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige, France/Lebanon/Germany / 2005 - 35 mm - Colour - 88 minutess - Arabic
For the sensitivity of the representation of Lebanon today, and the footprints left behind by the war,both for the city and its inhabitants, throughout the metaphor of the oblivious, the absence and the rejection of the social surroundings.
Two Special Mentions: Ma hameh Khoubim/We are all fine by
Bijan Mirbagheri, Iran / 2005 - 35 mm - Colour - 91 minutes - Farsi
For its enchanting observation of the complex relationships of a family, faced with the need to
reaffirm a lost identity, attempts to start a dialogue.
Nine Lives by Rodrigo García, USA /2004 - 35 mm - Colour - 112 minutes- English
For the originality of its narrative construction and the sensitivity of it characterisation, the
interpretation of which is left to the spectator thanks to an implied story.
The FICC Jury:
Laurent Sester, Switzerland, Françoise FabreFrance, David Murolo, Italy

LUCAS 2005 28th International Children's Film Festival
September 25 - October 02,  2005.
The FICC/ IFFS JURY Jury awarded the DON QUIJOTE PRIZE unanimously to: Choo Choo 3 by Garri Bardine  / Russia / 2004 /  30 minutes / Animation  
We have chosen to give this award to Choo Choo 3, a movie that intrigues and beguiles from the very first frame.
Universal themes of childhood jealousy and the wisdom of co-operation are married with a perfectly syncopated soundtrack. Such a simple moral in some respects presented in a humorous palatable animated form for children, a task that can be deceptively hard. IFFS/ FICC Jury.
SYNOPSIS: A young dog, a new comer, arrives in the house. Having now to share his nanny, the small boy doesn¹t like the intruder and does everything to pester it out of the house. The consequences of this jealousy are felt not only by the dog, but by the small boy himself. In the end, they both have to come together in order to defend themselves against approaching dangers. This binds them closely together, making them soon the best of friends.SPECIAL MENTION : Mongolian Ping Pong (Lü cao di) by Ning Hao / China / 2005 / 102 minutes. We have chosen to give a special mention to Mongolian Ping Pong. Cinema exists to excite the imagination and reveal new worlds, this movie takes the simple notion of and old ping pong ball and transforms it into something fantastic and alien. Exquisite camera-work and subtle acting help trap us in the movie¹s world of imagination right Œtill the eye-opening end!² IFFS/ FICC Jury.

FICC/IFFS Jury: Raúl Broceño Corrales, Spain, Niall Foran , Ireland, Sabine Gründemann, Germany
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Kyiv  2005 35th IFF MOLODIST October 26 - October 29,  2005.The FICC/ IFFS JURY Jury awarded the Don Quijote prize unanimously to: Go West by Ahmed Imamovic /  Bosnia-Herzegovina / 97 minutes /  35mm / 2005. In the nineties the Yugoslavia Federation falls apart in bloody wars. Perpetual student Milan, a Serb from a patriarchal community and Kenan, a Muslim cellist, are a homosexual couple living in Sarajevo. Trapped in Sarajevo during the siege of the Serb forces, the lovers manage to flee to Milan's home village and there they take shelter. Witnessing the brutality of Serb forces and their hatred towards Muslims, Milan desperately improvises: he disguises Kenan as a woman and begins to present him as his wife, MilenaŠ. Special mention: Moustache by Vicki Sugars / Australia / 14 minutes / 35mm / 2005
Something is missing in Betty's married life. Convinced the hair on her top lip is the problem, Betty shaves it off. To her horror though, it grows back thicker than before. When Stan returns home Betty's got some explaining to do, but it seems Stan's got other ideas, as Betty's new look sets one more growth a sprouting.

Domenico Farina, Italy, Torbjorn Kjellsson, Sweden, Stanislav Suknenko, Ukraine
Further details from http://www.molodist.com/go.php/Molodist/?alt=english

Filmfestival Cottbus – Festival of East European Cinema
  8 – 12. November 2005
Don Quijote-Prize to: Pribehy Obycejneho Silenstvi (Wrong Side Up), Petr Zelenka, Czech Republic 2004,107 Min., 35mm, colour. Production: Pavel Strnad, Milan Kuchynka, Negativ s.r.o., Ostrovní 30, 11000 Prag, Czech Republic, Tel: +420 224 933 755, e-mail: office@negativ.cz Co-Production: Pegasos Films, Sisaart. Peter Zelenka is a master of bizarre stories of everyday life. “Wrong Side up” is a study of well-heeled Prague bohemians veering between gentle anarchy and perplexity.The Jury’s comment: “With small personal stories big social changes are shown, which have taken place in Europe. Old values no more exist and in the new time people are lost as if on a big ocean. The protagonists in Petr Zelenkas film “Wrong Side up” reflect in a myrad ways this dilemma between lost values and the search of new perspectives.”Special Mention to Odkradnati Otschi (Stolen Eyes, Radoslaw Spassow, Bulgaria, Turkey 2005,111 Min., 35mm, colour, Production: Gala Film Ltd., 5, Dobrudja, 1000 Sofia, Bulgara, Tel: +359 2 981 4209, e-mail: gala@techno-link.com, Co-Production: Yaka Film, Istanbul. At the Beginning of 1980 the Bulgarian Communist Party begins to rigorously pursue a policy of ethnic cleansing on the Turkish minority. It is the first Bulgarian feature film to deal with this dark chapter in the country’s history.The Jury’s comment: The mass expulsion of a minority which took place in a European country in 1989 remains largely unknown up until today. To ensure that this o longer remains the Case and that we can look history in the face is the merit of Radoslav Spassov, who both convinces and deeply moved us with his film “Stolen Eyes”. Two outstanding lead actors contribute to the success of the film.
FICC-Jury – Jury: Gunar Klapp, Germany, Lilo Spahr, Switzerland, Carl Henrik Eilertsen, Norway.
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Tallinn IFF Black Nights  (2-10.12.2005) Don Quijote Award  winner: MANSLAUGHTER / DRABET, Director: Per Fly,  Denmark, 2005,103 min. Production: Zentropa Productions, International sales: Trust Film Sales ApS, Filmbyen 10, Avedøre Tværvej 10, DK-2650 Hvidovre, t+4536868788, f +4536774448, post@trust-film.dk, www.trust-film.dk - The film gives us a dramatic and well-told story that in a convincing way deals with questions of personal choices and their irreversible consequences.Special Mention: THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU / MOARTEA DOMNULUI LAZARESCU by Cristi Puiu, Romania, 2005, 154 min., Prod.: Mandragora Movies, International sales: The Coproduction Office, 24, rue Lamartine, 750 09 Paris, France, t: +331 56 02 6000, f: +331 56 02 6001 info@thecopro.de, www.thecopro.de- The film tells us a tragicomic and documentary story about an helpless person in an established system. Human life as the most sacred value is shown from its most natural and ordinary side. It demolishes the myth of the great value of every single human life by showing a death of a man being as ordinary as eating and sleeping.
FICC jury: Marianne Korver, Estonia, Bengt Tancred, Sweden, Alexandra Strelková, Slovakia

The FICC/IFFS JURY awarded the Don Quijote Prize to Manden  Manden Der Blandet Andet Var En Sko (The Man Who Was A Shoe - Among Other Things) by Jonas Arnby, Denmark, 2004

Synopsis:"The Man Who Was a Shoe - Among Other Things" is a love story about a Danish average suburban couple, where the wife is struggling for a normal life with her husband, Mogens. Mogens wants a normal life too, but unfortunately he has this rare illness which makes him, transfer into a wooden shoe, a Tivoli pen, or other simple objects. World Sales: Schmaltz Film, C/o Signe Rasmussen, Gl. Kongevej 172b 2. th, 1850 Frederiksberg C, Denmark, Telefone:  0045 2246 8881, E-Mail:  sr@ffh.dk.
Special Mention: Last Man Standing (Last Man Standing), Sasha Djurkovic, United Kingdom, 2005
Synopsis: Ten years after the mass pit closure of 1984 the miners of the Tower Colliery pooled their severance pay and bought their own pit. They believed they were securing the future of their community. What happen to the children and grandchildren of the “last men standing”?