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Films from the South awards Jodorowsky – over Skype

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- Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz’s courtroom drama Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem wins the Silver Mirror at Oslo’s largest film festival

Films from the South awards Jodorowsky – over Skype
Alejandro Jodorowsky

“I will not be physically there, but I will be with all of you via Skype, live,” wrote legendary 85-year-old Chilean-French director Alejandro Jodorowsky – the guest of honour at Norway’s 24th Films from the South. A pulmonary infection had forced him to cancel his visit to Oslo’s largest showcase (9-19 October) – but he was there for the artist talks both in spirit and on screen.

“An auteur who challenges our perception of life, blurring the boundaries between reality and dreams, and expanding all worldly matters to a galactic quest: who we are, what we are and what we will become is his concern. A man that has never been forced into silence,” was the motivation for presenting Jodorowsky with the Silver Mirror Honorary Award.

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Jodorowsky’s The Dance of Reality [+see also:
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won the festival’s Silver Mirror in 2013; this year’s top prize went to Israeli sibling directors Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz’s Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem [+see also:
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, a courtroom drama and the concluding part of their trilogy about marriage and patriarchy in Israel. “A provocative and strong story about the right to decide over your own life,” said the jury, which also gave a Special Mention to Georgian director George Ovashvili’s Corn Island [+see also:
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interview: George Ovashvili
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]

Swedish director Göran Olsson’s Concerning Violence [+see also:
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, about the African struggle for liberation from colonial powers, combining 1960s and 1970s archive material with Frantz Fanon readings, received the Doc:South Award. Meanwhile, The Salt of the Earth [+see also:
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, a portrait of Brazilian documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado by his son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and German director Wim Wenders, took the Special Mention.

After a programme of 240 screenings – 90 films mainly from (or about) developing countries, this year more than 40 of them – Argentinian director Damián Szifrón’s Cannes entry, Wild Tales [+see also:
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, was named the Audience Favourite, a comedy-drama-thriller depicting six everyday situations where people act on impulse, rather than controlling their feelings.

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