… and many others. But very happy to see that the juries in Zagreb agreed so much with filmkommentaren.dk 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 All this is accompanied by a visually subtle observational detachment which shows this whole mixture of outdated tradition and new customs in both an absurd and poetically gentle light, which makes this film an extremely valuable piece.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.