ZagrebDox Awards Jashi, Glavonic, Carlsen

… and many others. But very happy to see that the juries in Zagreb agreed so much with in its praising of the films by Salomé Jashi, Ognjen Glavonic and Jon Bang Carlsen. If you click on ”The Dazzling Light of Sunset” or ”Depth Two” or Jon Bang Carlsen you will find our words on two great films and one great film director. Here come the motivations of the juries:

The Dazzling Light of Sunset  (by Salomé Jashi) (PHOTO) paints an atmospheric and subtly humorous image of daily life in a small town in Georgia. Local events – such as weddings, shows, election discussions, captured owls, church rituals – seem like a good topic for the local TV crew whose cover stories are also in the focus of this film. All this is accompanied by a visually subtle observational detachment which shows this whole mixture of outdated tradition and new customs in both an absurd and poetically gentle light, which makes this film an extremely valuable piece.

Depth Two (by Ognjen Glavonic)… The Big Stamp Award for Best

Film in the Regional Competition Program goes to an extremely well researched and thoroughly immersive film that employs impeccable visual framing, an inescapable sound track and an effective narrative structure. At the same time it tells a horrific, yet completely unknown story that needs to be known – and should resonate with audiences around the world. At first the films seems to tell two different stories that ultimately merge into one, using chilling testimonies of victims and people who were guilty of a huge cover up. Director Ognjen Glavonic proves again great directoral vision with his impressive film Depth Two.

AND, such a good idea, the festival director Nenad Puhovski has his own award and not objections that he gave that to Danish Jon Bang Carlsen with the following motivation:

This year I give the My Generation Award to Danish director Jon Bang Carlsen for Déjà vu, a film in which he not only questions his own life and its demons with artistic prowess and courage, but also continues the lifelong creative exploration of the very nature of documentarism.

Many other awards – the Polish got three special mentions, ”21 X New York” by Piotr Stasik, ”Communion” by Anna Zamecka and ”Close Ties” by Zofia Kowalewska – and the excellent ”Starless Dreams” by Iranian Merhdad Oskouei got the Teen Dox Award.

Check the website for motivations and more awards.

Share your love
Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

Articles: 3866