Fonja, un film di giovani in un centro di detenzione, vince a Ji.hlava
- Tra i nove film proiettati in Opus Bonum, il vincitore è un film realizzato da giovani criminali in Madagascar sotto la direzione della regista tedesca Lina Zacher
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On Monday 28 October, the closing ceremony of the 23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival was held in the DKO cultural centre in Jihlava, Czech Republic. Fonja [+leggi anche:
scheda film], a Malagasy-German film with a refreshingly direct and playful approach to filmmaking, won the main prize in Opus Bonum, the main competitive section representing contemporary international documentary production, as well as the Special Mention.
Because Fonja was made by a collective of young filmmakers, all inmates in the largest youth detention centre in Madagascar, the main award for Best World Documentary Film 2019 went to all of the film’s directors: Ravo Henintsoa Andrianatoandro, Lovatiana Desire Santatra, Sitraka Hermann Ramanamokatra, Jean Chrisostome Rakotondrabe, Erick Edwin Andrianamelona, Elani Eric Rakotondrasoa, Todisoa Niaina Sylvano Randrialalaina, Sitrakaniaina Raharisoa, Adriano Raharison Nantenaina, Alpha Adrimamy Fenotoky, and Lina Zacher, “for the warmth, the intuition, the trust, the courage and generosity that are holding together a film that keeps on reaffirming the power of the innocent gaze while echoing the voices of the old masters”, as stated by the sole juror, Cristi Puiu. He handed out the Special Mention only to Lina Zacher, the creator, producer and editor of the film, who directed the young filmmakers, “for the intelligent and inspired use of the cinematographic device in her search for the ineffable.”
In competition section Between the Seas, the award for Best Central and East European Documentary Film 2019 went to Romanian documentary Teach [+leggi anche:
scheda film], by Alex Brendea, which centres on a rural Transylvanian math teacher who teaches his students at home. The jury praised the film “for its celebration of the unconventional, for its embrace of messiness, imagination and passion in teaching”. The winner received an award of €10,000.
In the Czech Joy section, which was opened this year for the first time to Czech films made by non-Czech directors, the award for Best Czech Documentary Film 2019 and a financial award of €10,000 went to Solo [+leggi anche:
intervista: Artemio Benki
scheda film] by French-born director Artemio Benki. The film focuses on a young Argentine piano virtuoso and composer whose life has been turned upside-down by mental illness. The jury appreciated “the lightness, nonviolence and concentration used by the author to portray a strong human story of a suffering person and to get as close as possible without disturbing formal effects and pathos”.
In the programme section First Lights, focusing on debut films by documentary filmmakers, the excellent Aphasia [+leggi anche:
scheda film] by Jelena Jureša won the main award as well as the Student jury award. The experimental, essayistic documentary about the banality of evil convinced the jury with “its powerful ability to provoke a visceral response”, “its capacity to elicit the violence it explores”, for “translating content into form and experience” and focusing “on the collective silence surrounding brutal historical crimes and the fragmentation of history”.
Meanwhile, the Contribution to World Cinema Award at the 2019 Ji.hlava went to Kazakhstani director Sergey Dvortsevoy, the author of festival spot of this year’s edition. The festival trophy of the 23rd annual Ji.hlava IDFF was designed by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei.
Here is the complete list of winners:
Best World Documentary Film
Fonja [+leggi anche:
scheda film] - Ravo Henintsoa Andrianatoandro, Lovatiana Desire Santatra, Sitraka Hermann Ramanamokatra, Jean Chrisostome Rakotondrabe, Erick Edwin Andrianamelona, Elani Eric Rakotondrasoa, Todisoa Niaina Sylvano Randrialalaina, Sitrakaniaina Raharisoa, Adriano Raharison Nantenaina, Alpha Adrimamy Fenotoky, Lina Zacher (Madagascar/Germany)
Fonja - Lina Zacher
Between the Seas
Best Central and East European Documentary Student Film
Life Could Be So Beautiful - Filip Jacobson, Angelika Herta (Poland/Germany)
Daily Manure - Nikola Krutilová (Czech Republic) (short film)
Lost Coast - Jiří Zykmund (Czech Republic)
Student Jury Award
Kings of Šumava - Kris Kelly (Czech Republic/Ireland)
Student Jury Special Mention
Apparatgeist - Marie-Magdalena Kochová (Czech Republic) (short film)
Best Experimental Documentary Film
Action, Almost Unable to Think - Haonan Mao (China) (short film)
abiding - Ugo Petronin (Netherlands) (short film)
Best Czech Experimental Documentary Film
Moréna Rex - Marie Lukáčová (Czech Republic) (short film)
Abstract Horror - Franz Milec (Czech Republic) (short film)
Student Jury Award
Aphasia - Jelena Jureša
Best Short Documentary Film
Shendy Wu: a Diary - Ingrid Pokropek (Argentina)
A Testimony on Politics
A Testimony on Knowledge
A Testimony on Nature
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch - Nicholas de Pencier, Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky (Canada)
Silver Eye Award Feature length category
Transnistra [+leggi anche:
scheda film] - Anna Eborn (Sweden/Denmark/Belgium)
The Wind. A Documentary Thriller [+leggi anche:
intervista: Michał Bielawski
scheda film] - Michal Bielawski (Poland/Slovakia)
Silver Eye Award Short length category
Pripyat Piano - Eliška Cílková (Czech Republic)
Waiting for a Miracle - Aljona Surzhikova (Estonia)
Best Festival Poster
Festival Identity: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Audience Award: International Short FF Zubroffka
Two Roads - Radovan Síbrt (Czech Republic)
Contribution to World Cinema Award
Dobrá vůle - Matěj - Tereza Reková (Czech Republic)
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