Documentamadrid 14 applauds My Name is Salt
by Alfonso Rivera
- The Swiss film triumphs at the event showcasing different documentaries from around the world and of all types
The festival programmers for Documentamadrid, which from 2013 has been based out of the Matadero Madrid film library, once more demonstrated they had exquisite taste when it came to selecting films in various categories - which the public was able to see starting on April 30.
The jury, composed of Spanish José Luis López Linares, Mexican Andrea Stavenhage and French Denis Poncet, gave their award of €10,000 to My Name is Salt [+see also:
film profile] by Farida Pacha (Switzerland), which shows the extreme living conditions of the Indian community, which extracts salt from the desert during the dry months, before the monsoon transforms it back into desert. A surprising documentary, which relegated to second place (€5,000) North American The Dog, a portrait inspired by the character of Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon: one of those cases where reality overtakes fiction.
The special jury prize went to the French film Iranian [+see also:
film profile] by Mehran Tamadon, according to the jury “a solid challenge in favour of dialogue and cohabitation of every culture,” while the Canal+ award in the Panorama section – which includes Spanish films as yet unseen in Madrid – went to Gabor by Sebastián Alfie, which follows the adventures of a blind photography director who starts working again.
The public, which was present in great numbers during screenings, voted for the war story made by Syrian Talal Derki in the German production Return to Homs [+see also:
film profile]. Completing the Madrid event were sections of national and international shorts, documentaries on filmmakers seen by other directors, a web doc workshop, panels and a well-received retrospective on Swiss Fernand Melgar.
(Translated from Spanish)