Two Polish documentaries taking part in the prestigious Semaine de la Critique at the Locarno Film festival took the main awards. No surprise that Wojciech Staron was praised for his ”Brothers” – I had the privilege to get a sneak preview of the film, a quote from the review on this site: ”… Staron proves to me again to be one of few European documentary poets, who believes in the power of the image and sequences without verbal explanation, he dares long scenes, he is a master in composition, he is a Filmmaker who paints with his camera, a visual artist…”
”Call Me Marianna” by Karolina Bielawska received the Premio Zonta Club Locarno award for best film promoting social justice and ethics, the film also took the main prize at the Krakow Film Festival this year.
Finally – happy to announce – with the FB page of the director as source – that Jakob Brossmann and his ”Lampedusa in Winter”
won “the independent critics jury for the “Golden Boccalino Award” for the best film… chosen from all films in all competitions!…” The director hopes “it will support the film on its journey and its mission.” Of course it will after the big interest from the audience in Locarno (full house screenings and extra one arranged) for a film I saw before the premiere thanks to the editor Cornelia Märki. She sent me the film a couple of months ago to have my opinion and I answered “I have no objections, I think this is an important film to get out now, it is very well put together, an impressive piece of observational documentary filmmaking that stays away from dramatizing but IS dramatic anyway – the strike of fishermen, the refugees, the humanistic Paola, the same for the mayor… good rhythm…” yes, it is indeed a very timely film that for sure will travel on from Locarno to other festival destinations.
Voilá – strong documentaries are made, let them be seen, all three of them have a universal appeal.