Elham Ehsas // Afghanistan, England // 2023 // 12:49 min
In a time of uncertainty and profound challenges, this film highlights the unconventional rules affecting women's lives. It brings attention to strict laws limiting women's rights and reveals social imbalances regardless of education or social status. The film tackles a sensitive topic in a simple, non-forceful way, providing a realistic view of what it's like in a country suppressing women's rights. The jury gives it a Special Mention for its thoughtful exploration of societal challenges faced by women. The Special Mention in the International Competition Goes to "Yellow" by Ehsas Elham.
Basri & Salma in a Never-Ending Comedy
Khozy Rizal // Indonesia // 2023 // 15:00 min
Social expectations and one’s own desires don’t always match. Sometimes comedy and the power of love help us overcome our own doubts and insecurities put on by our surroundings. We applaud this filmmaker for their unconventional style and humour to challenge their society’s patriarchal stereotypes and expectations on family and togetherness. The Special Mention goes to „Basri and Salma in a Never-Ending Comedy“ by Khozy Rizal.
The Jury statement CON
As jury members, we have realized that all of us come from war zone areas! Myanmar, Khartoum, and Baghdad. The war experience, made us believe that there is no winner in war. That's why we agreed on what Francois Fenelon said.
''All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers. Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born''.
Masego Lynia / Alfie Barker // England // 2022 // 12:28 min
The film is inspired by the many harrowing stories of Africans trying to reach the shores of Europe across its unforgiving waters and the existential traumas that lie within it. Lives are lost, and on the European border, families are torn apart forever. The European community should do more about this issue, before it is too late. One special mention in the Confrontations Competition goes to "Warm" by Masego Lynia & Alfie Barker.
Lucas Malbrun // France // 2023 // 18:00 min
The uniqueness of this film is, that it remembers some of the stories that have been kept silent in the former GDR, stories which have been forbidden to talk about. With a sharp eye on political and human rights, it reflects some of the suffering women have to endure in prisons and includes the decrease of human rights within prison walls. The second special mention in the Confrontations Competition goes to "Margarethe 89" by Lucas Malbrun, France.
The Jury would like to award two special mentions to filmmakers who show incredible promise for telling daring and heartfelt stories.
Alles gehört zu dir
Hien Nguyen // Germany // 2022 // 12:59 min
For its deeply personal and touching portal of Vietnamese-German identity. This film was an important reminder that the personal is poignant and that story is testimony. For its grounded, respectful, delicate and loving point of view, the jury would like to award a Special Mention to “Alles Gehort Zu Dir”/ “Everything is Yours” directed by Hien Nguyen.
Wilfredo Casas // Germany // 2023 // 07:03 min
This film plunges us directly into the action in the most unexpected way. Showing us the power sign language has to tell the most heart racing stories. For its commitment to exploring the nuances of the spy genre and the beauty of our gifts, the jury would like to award a Special Mention to "Forewarned", directed by Wilfredo Casas.
Speech for a melting Statue
Collectif Faire-part // Belgium, Demokratische Republik Kongo // 2022 // 10:00 min
The times are changing, and old narratives are being questioned. Through beautiful spoken word poetry and the convincing combination of 1970s video material and recordings of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, this film creates an optimistic vision for the future. In this future, monuments of brutal colonial rulers have no place anymore in our cities. A Special Mention in the Documentary Competition goes to "Speech for a melting statue" by Collectif Faire-Part from Belgium and Congo!
Little to Big
Ellinor Hallin / Ellen Fiske // Sweden // 2022 // 19:59 min
This film offers us a discreet and intimate perspective on very private conversations in which talking heads are relevant and fascinating. By showing only one side of a conversation, the film not only guarantees the anonymity of its young protagonists, but most importantly, it invites our imaginations into the beautiful and vulnerable emotional world of children. A Special Mention in the Documentary Competition goes to "Little to Big" by Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin!
KAMIKAZE from Christina-Kallirroi Garbi (Greece)
The special mention goes to the film Kamikazi by Christina-Kallirroi Garbi, which tells the underrepresented story of queer lesbian desire in middle age. Passionately observing and analysing society, the story of Artemis and Eva impressively tells of class differences and improvisation in times of crisis. We immediately felt the tenderness and toughness of the story, while following the honest feelings interrupted by shadow play and layers of emerging emotions.