We have been impressed by Selman’s film, a powerful testament to the importance of pursuing the truth and taking accountability, regardless the consequences. Where are the stakes of a rich family when human life could worth nothing for them? There is a hope within this family in the action of a good person that has to confront his moral dilemas of retain the family position no matters the cost or do justice and act following the consequences of an unfortunate accident. This film is designed to stir conflict to the viewer and act with total naturalism to our eyes, a honest effort to bring audience to a stage where you have to choose what you think is the best to do.
Director Peter Kerekes managed to display the situation of mothers with children in prison in Ukraine during 6 years, using real actors to tell this story. The director shakes audience with first hand stories of these women-prisoners, executed with a blend of close to the bond realism and formal refinement. An incredibly blend of documentary and narrative filmmaking full of authenticity and sympathy between mothers and prison staff.
For this award, we have taken into consideration the execution of the film and how difficult is to make this film in a country as Russia, where art is under a strict surveillance. This is the story of a teacher persecuted by the Russian state for a crime he didn’t commit. In Russia, the price of having principles can be high indeed and the director took a difficult journey to tell a story about corruption and violence and how harshly people are treated in Russia. The use of natural elements as wind, rain, smoking, etc, in a claustrophobic environment and visuals make a wonderful tapestry of suppression that worth the human spirit award.
How are the complexities of being a child in a school playground? This is what Maya explain to us with her authentic acting. Despite her young age, her sincere acting is impressive. She managed to bring out a difficult character with her facial expressions and gestures. She knew how to carry out the intensity of her emotions with a remarkable realism. She loves the camera and the camera loves her.
A film about the importance of freedom under an oppressive regime. In an environment with no freedom, colours of life fade, life loses meaning, society deteriorate and people turns sick. The heads of those who has a voice and make a sound for living is broken for ever. In accordance with this narrative, the movie succeeded in creating a suffocating atmosphere. The use of black and white colour of the film supports this atmosphere of no freedom. The director managed to direct very difficult scenes with a very successful achievement and performances. Words of freedom are always louder, even when a regime tries to cut it off. A movie that deserves a special jury award
because the beautiful blend between a documentary storytelling and a narrative fiction about the harsh of living in rural India. It is a tapestry of real people in the villages, specially an authentic film about the lack of voice for women in India and how quickly you can loose your freedom as a girl when you became a woman. It is a confound narrative of cultural subjects and traditions where the “honey” is only reserved for the men while women need to look after the house, family and husband for life. In the eyes of a girl called Geeta, we discover the struggle of becoming a woman in this part of India, with unpleasant discoveries that brings you to her agony and fears.
because he has achieved an amazing film about the relationship between a river called Godavari and a grumpy landlord, a fine tune with a very natural and deep directing that make this film authentic and powerful. There is an authentic acting with great performances, all told in a very interesting way, not moving the camera and keeping a stand out observation of characters moving around the scenes making us to feel that the camera is observing in a transparent way.
she brings an incredibly dimension to the character. She describes innocence and fear in an incredibly way. Her performance brings the essence of the whole film when she is on frame. She has done a very believable performance full of joy for audience to be part of her journey. She delivers hope and fear, in an agony journey to be a woman crossing the line of innocence to become a woman with a huge jump without an opportunity to do little by little.
for his remarkable work as an old man having an existencial crisis about his life. Dilip portrays his doubts hidden in his desire of willing to leave this life and brings his wife to this odyssey. He acts with naturalism and realism for a difficult subject as Euthanasia but sparks his characterisation with a bit off sarcasm that surprise us and connect to his thoughts.
for the amazing observation to details in such a remarkable storytelling. It is a beautiful and inspiring script that bring us the opportunity to discover a rich narrative threads woven into tapestries of rural India, real life, cultural subjects and traditions. Less is more and this script is simple but full of complexity that makes this film extraordinary.
for the technical understanding of the frame, composition and lighting. The camera here wants to talk to audience as well, it has a clear voice in this film, so we think it is a well deserve award for Ramesh.
for how the photography portray the emotional state of the hero and how he is coping with his own death. The photography is intriguing and rich and always has a discussion in movement with the characters, as trying to give us other layers behind the script and performance. For his first feature film as DOP, Kulkarni brings knowledge, style and a deep understanding on how to frame and light a great story.
for the different approach in classic Indian movies that helps us to understand the philosophical exploration of life and death. The music helps us to engage with the hero’s journey, his internal conflicts and his motivations, at the same time that flows as the river increasing the power of each scene.