White Shadow wins T-Mobile New Horizons IFF 2014
by Dorota Hartwich
- The co-production between Germany, Italy and Tanzania impressed in the Polish festival rankings winning 2 major awards
White Shadow [+see also:
interview: Noaz Deshe
film profile] from Noaz Deshe (see the interview), unveiled at the Venice Film Festival in 2013, has just won the 14th edition of the T-Mobile New Horizons IFF in Wrocław. «Powerful. Raw. Haunting. Disturbing. Radical», values of the film that were highlighted by director Tomasz Wasilewski, member of the international jury. Noaz Deshe, present during the ceremony, received the prize of twenty thousand euro.
The movie was awarded twice over as the audience award also went to White Shadow. The FIPRESCI jury (composed of Bhaichand Patel, Engin Ertan and Bartosz Żurawiecki) awarded their prize for the fifth time in the history of the Wrocław festival, this year to History of Fear [+see also:
film profile] from Benjamin Naishtat, a co-production between Argentina, France, Germany and Qatar.
It’s "the effective use of art as a tool to unravel mechanisms of social opression" that was appreciated in The Reunion [+see also:
film profile] from Swedish director Anna Odell who won the Films on Art International Competition and received a prize of ten thousand euro. Polish Zuzanna Solakiewicz received a special mention for her film 15 Corners of the World [+see also:
The winner of the European Shorts Competition was O.T. from Austrian Markus Scherer. The film’s director also received the London Film Academy Award. Second prize went to 23rd August 2008 from the trio Laura Mulvey, Faysal Abdullah and Mark Lewis. Third-prize winner of was Laure Prouvost for her Wantee. A Grand Dad Friendship with Kurt Schwitters.
In the Polish Short Film Competition, the jury awarded the Polish-Indian co-production Where I can't be Found from Arjun Talwar, Blue Room from Tomasz Siwiński and Habitat from Arjun Talwar and Oliver Krüger.
In the New Competition – Magnify – aimed at directors from Wrocław and Lower Silesia, first prize went to the brothers Bartek and Piotr Bartos for their film Boy With a Frog.
(Translated from French)