Le cinéma européen règne au Festival de Zlín
par Martin Kudláč
- L'événement, qui est le doyen mondial des festivals consacrés au cinéma jeunesse, a accueilli en compétition 132 titres qui exploraient le courage, l'identité et l'Histoire
Cet article est disponible en anglais.
The Zlín Film Festival (1-7 June), the world's oldest international film festival for children’s and youth movies, has wrapped its 63rd edition (see the news) with an awards gala. The jury, comprising both experts and children, announced their picks from among a vibrant slate of 132 films. European efforts dominated the awards ceremony.
The top honour, the Golden Slipper for Best Feature Film for Children, was awarded to the German film What the Finn?! - A Summer of Surprises. Directed by Stefan Westerwelle, the family-friendly road movie based on Martin Muser's award-winning novel follows a lonely ten-year-old boy named Finn who, while navigating his parents' divorce, embarks on an unexpected adventure and encounters colourful characters, as they learn about courage and self-confidence. In the category for junior audiences, the British flick Scrapper [+lire aussi :
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The Golden Slipper for Best Feature Film for Youth went to the Polish-Israeli-German co-production Delegation [+lire aussi :
fiche film] by Asaf Saban. In it, Israeli secondary-school students embark on a transformative journey to Poland's Holocaust sites, where, amidst personal conflicts, evolving friendships and romantic feelings, they gain a deeper understanding of their identities and values against the backdrop of cultural traditions and historical tragedy. The jury applauded the film for painting “a dynamic picture of friendship and love, brilliantly portrayed with the subtle addition of details that create an illuminating and unforgettable experience”.
Norwegian director Kajsa Næss took home two awards for her hand-drawn feature Titina [+lire aussi :
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The 64th edition of the Zlín Film Festival is scheduled to unspool from 30 May-5 June 2024.
Here is the full list of award winners:
Golden Slipper for Best Feature Film in the Children’s Category
What the Finn?! – A Summer of Surprises – Stefan Westerwelle (Germany)
Special Jury Prize for a Feature Film in the Junior and Youth Category
Forever – Anders Hazelius (Sweden)
Golden Slipper for Best Short Animation for Children
Crab – Piotr Chmielewski (Poland/France)
Hermína Týrlová Award for Best Short Animation for Children up to 6 Years of Age
Pond – Lena von Döhren, Eva Rust (Switzerland)
Special Mention for Short Animation for Children
Pig – Jorn Leeuwerink (Netherlands)
Award of the Children’s Jury for Best Feature Film in the Children’s Category
Titina - Kajsa Næss
Award of the Youth Jury for Best Feature Film in the Junior and Youth Category
Sweet As – Jub Clerc (Australia)
Zlín Dog Award for Best Student Film
Of Kisses and Capes – Elena Weiss (Germany)
Golden Slipper for Outstanding Contribution to Children's and Youth Cinematography
Europe Award – the European Children’s Film Association Award for Best European Documentary Film for Young Audiences
We Will Not Fade Away [+lire aussi :
fiche film] – Alisa Kovalenko (France/Poland/Ukraine)
Golden Apple – the City of Zlín Audience Award for Best Feature Film in the Children’s, Junior and Youth Category
Forever – Anders Hazelius
ČT:D Audience Award for Best Short Animation for Children
Polar – Leonis Levy, Laura Al Bayati, Morgane Michel, Sara Briand, Sélène Bentz, Alice Hobadam, Fanny Martin (France)
(Traduit de l'anglais)
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