Cottbus premia Sister
di Marta Bałaga
- Il film di Svetla Tsotsorkova ha dominato la competizione, seguito da By a Sharp Knife e Full Moon, mentre The Sun Above Me Never Sets ha avuto il favore del pubblico
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Bulgarian director Svetla Tsotsorkova’s Sister [+leggi anche:
intervista: Svetla Tsotsorkova
scheda film], about a mother and two sisters struggling to survive, has bewitched the jury of the 29th edition of the FilmFestival Cottbus, winning the Best Film Award and €25,000. “If a film gives the cinema what the cinema loves most, then the enthusiasm of the audience matches that of the jury: it’s about magical portraits, social and personal conflicts, and lots of small inventions that the main character continuously brings into the film,” went the statement by Sergey Dvortsevoy, Luli Bitri, Péter Muszatics, Marija Perović and Peter Badel. “In an extraordinary way, an everyday story emerges that is magnificently photographed, intensively invites the viewer to experience it and gives each character its own cinematic space.”
Teodor Kuhn’s By a Sharp Knife [+leggi anche:
scheda film] brought him the Best Director gong as well as €7,500, with the Award for Best Actress (€5,000) going, rather unexpectedly, to the entire female cast of Lendita Zeqiraj’s Aga’s House [+leggi anche:
intervista: Lendita Zeqiraj
scheda film] for “their extremely powerful, vivid and detailed performance in a film, which mirrors the dramatic changes in a Balkan country in a multifaceted way”. Alban Ukaj was named Best Actor for his turn in Nermin Hamzagić’s Full Moon, which celebrated its world premiere at the festival while telling the story of a policeman forced to come back to his police station for the night shift just as his wife is about to give birth. The film also turned out to be the favourite of the ecumenical jury.
In the Short Film Competition, Franka by Mitriy Semenov-Aleynikov proved unbeatable and was awarded €2,500, with the Special Prize (€1,500) handed out to The Last Trip to the Seaside by Adi Voicu. Marko Škop’s Let There Be Light [+leggi anche:
intervista: Marko Škop
scheda film] was chosen as Best Youth Film, and Petra Szőcs’ Deva [+leggi anche:
intervista: Petra Szőcs
scheda film] was celebrated as the recipient of the DIALOGUE Prize for Intercultural Communication. “The director evokes all of the conflicting emotions and transformative experiences in a highly cinematographic way, using every tool of the filmic language poetically,” it was argued. “She makes us feel this coming-of-age process in our own body.”
She wasn’t the last female director to be noticed, as Dana Budisavljević picked up the Award for Best Debut Film (€3,000) for her black-and-white The Diary of Diana B [+leggi anche:
intervista: Dana Budisavljević
scheda film], which combines archive footage with fictional scenes, and Lyubov Borisova’s much lighter The Sun Above Me Never Sets was picked by the audience and the members of FIPRESCI alike, the latter arguing rather interestingly: “Many statements by juries read: ‘It was very hard to decide on a winner among the numerous wonderful films.’ For us, things went differently because, unfortunately, it was rather hard to find a film to give the award to,” went the statement. “The movie that we chose is a fairy tale about the vanishing ties between generations, the social component in their substitute and social networks, which also miraculously manages to play from beginning to end without the use of the verbal filler ‘fuck, fuck and fuck again’. Dear colleagues, please contemplate whether this is really necessary.”
Welcoming over 22,000 visitors, the 29th edition of the festival ended on 10 November, with Jan Komasa’s Corpus Christi [+leggi anche:
intervista: Jan Komasa
scheda film] chosen as the closing film.
Here is the full list of award winners:
Award for Outstanding Actor
Alban Ukaj - Full Moon (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
The Sun Above Me Never Sets – Lyubov Borisova (Russia/Yakutia)
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Full Moon – Nermin Hamzagić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Franka – Mitriy Semenov-Aleynikov (Belarus)
The Last Trip to the Seaside – Adi Voicu (Romania)
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