Citation: “Very serious drama about loosing and finding meaning of life in a very cruel times.”
Citation: “It is hard to make a movie with one actor in a one place, but Tik Tak succeeded in these terms to make very original film, which is tense, imaginative and brave.”
Ramesh Maruti Dighe for the film ‘Funeral’
Citation: “Funeral is a very smart screenplay dealing with a very heavy subject, done in a very innovative way, not loosing a seriousness of a theme.”
Suresh Deshmane for the film Kalokhachya Parambya (Prop Shoots of Darkness)
Citation: “Kalokhachya Parambya is beautifully shoot movie, which shows almost unimaginative things. Every shot is carefully constructed like a painting of big masters.”
Shashank Shende for the film Happy My Son ( Porga Majetay ) By Makrand Mane
Citation: “Shashank Shende has made one of the most memorable character in a world cinema, a father which is quite hard with his son, but on the other hand a gentle soul, who is making everyone around him a better man.”
Neha Pendse for the film ‘June.’
Citation: “Neha Pendse has made a believable character in a romantic drama, where trough her portrait of modern Indian woman audience could understand big dilemmas in a relationship between man and woman.“
Vivek Dubey, the director of the film ‘Funeral’
Citation: “Funeral is a good example of film directing quite complicated story about death told in a very funny and gentle way. It is an ensemble piece where a lot of characters are equally presented in a movie.”
Happy My Son ( Porga Majetay ) Produced by Ninetynine Productions ( Vijay Shende, Shashank Shende & Makrand Mane) Directed By Makrand Mane
Citation: “Happy my son is wonderfull story about relation between father and son, which shows trough the road movie, how difficult it is to know each other even when you are related all the life. Film is brilliant example of small story told in a very unique way, which could be recognised all around the world.”
Citation: The director managed to create a very original and innovative form which intertwines documentary and fiction, archival footage and a feature setting. A radical and consistent editing approach creates a shocking story about the scourge of the totalitarian system, in this case - the Romanian one from the times of Ceausescu. This film shows that behind every innovative form there is courage but also a strong motive for the author to face social truth.
Citation: The film CHARLATAN was most moving, the protagonist MIKOLASEK’S journey and his tribulations with the political establishment and his personal life is beautifully captured in the film by the the director AGNEISKA HOLLAND to leave a very solid impact on the viewer.
True Mothers directed by Naomi Kawase
Citation: True Mothers uses an intractable conflict to explore the bonds of parenthood with director/ co writer Naomi Kawase’s usual sensitivity and grace.
Gaurav Madan for the film Barah By Barah
Citation: In a thematic sense, this film beautifully combines tradition and modernism, the local and the universal, the individual and the collective. The author uses a whole range of original minimalist directorial tools and solutions to create a very innovative film structure. Talking about death, this film talks about life, also celebrating love and family values and relationships - so unjustly neglected in the modern world.
Should the Wind Drop directed by Nora Martirosyan Producers: SISTER Productions (France), Aneva Production (Armenia), Kwassa Films (Belgium)
Citation: Set in Nagorno-Karabakh, the film offers a deeply humane approach to a topic we know primarily from its political side. The abandoned airport at the heart of the movie is both a symbolic and a real place in the poignant story of a community. The young director speaks in simple and clear cinematic language on complex subjects such as the desire for communication, understanding, autonomy and freedom.