Sunday, February 03, 2013

42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam Award Winners

These are all the festival award winners announced in different dates, including today's announcement plus Friday, February 1st award ceremony.

Hivos Tiger Award
The three winners of the equal Hivos Tiger Awards

Môj pes Killer (My Dog Killer), Mira Fornay, Slovakia and Czech Republic, 2013.
‘The challenge for showing a very strong subject from the inside reveals the difficulty of life and a sense of violence.’

Soldate Jeannette (Soldier Jane), Daniel Hoeslm, Austria, 2012.
‘The breaking out of two women is realized with strong imagery and visual power. Each shot is minimal but gives a high construction of forms and shapes; a very formalistic approach.’

Larzanandeye charbi (Fat Shaker), Mohammad Shirvani. Iran, 2013.
‘The film introduces the audience to a very different world. It is a fascinating story with superb characters. The cinematography really draws out the story, the paranoia and the characters.’

Other Awards

FIPRESCI Award: O quinto evanxeo de Gaspar Hauser (The Fifth Gospel of Kaspar Hauser), Alberto Gracia, Spain
‘For Alberto Gracia’s radical and audacious desire to capture the world as seen through the eyes of a legendary, rebel madman. Mysterious and bravely resisting any amount of words to precisely describe what he’s achieved on screen, Gracia’s work is both meticulously structured and yet as untamed as a dream in the deepest dark of night. We celebrate the film’s achievement to convey Kaspar’s divided selves, identities and visions through purely cinematic means, and to also question the very purpose of cinema itself.’

NETPAC Award: Yang tidak dibicarakan ketika membicarakan cinta (What They Don't Talk About When They Talk About Love), Mouly Surya, Indonesia
‘For its delicate portrayal of the desires and fantasies of its visually-impaired characters in a Jakarta school of the blind that appeals to the senses in evoking the textures and rhythms of the emerging southeast Asian cinema.’

The Big Screen Award: Bellas Mariposas (Pretty Butterflies), Salvatore Mereu, Italy
‘Representing the audience, we felt the duty to watch out for a refreshing movie. One that would be an addition to what is on offer in Dutch cinemas; one that we don’t want others to miss. We found this voice in a movie with a young perspective that frolics from characters to plotlines and is just a celebration of life all together.’

Dutch Circle of Film Critics (KNF) Award: El Futuro (The Future), Alicia Scherson, Chile, Germany, Italy and Spain
‘In a solid competition, a number of titles distinguished themselves by taking more risks. One film caught the jury's eye with its distinct tone of voice. The film plays with light and darkness on many levels; perhaps surprisingly, this is reflected most effectively in the inventive and atmospheric soundtrack. The intriguing central relationship, which calls back memories to Last Tango in Paris, is intimately portrayed by Manuella Martelli and Rutger Hauer.’

UPC Audience Award: Matterhorn, Diedrik Ebbinge, Netherlands
Dioraphte Award: Wadja, Haifaa Al Mansour, Saudi Arabia and Germany

Moviezone Award (Young People's Jury): Les Chevaux de Dieu (God's Horses), Nabil Ayouch, Morocco, France and Belgium

Lions Film Award: Penumbra, Eduardo Villanueva, Mexico

Awards for Best Cine Mart Projects

Euroimages Co-Production Development Award for Best European Project: Jätten (The Giant), Johannes Nyholm, Sweden
‘A project of a talented filmmaker who is about to make a leap from widely appreciated short films to his first fiction that will a tender melodrama.’

ARTE International Prize: The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland, UK and Greece
‘A very exciting and original project from one of the most talented emerging filmmakers of the last decade.’

WorldView New Genres Fund Development Award: Zama, Lucrecia Martel, Argentina and Spain
‘A visually stunning and uniquely approached period project by one of South America’s most influential director.’

Tiger Awards for Short Films
Three equal winners

The Tiger's Mind, Beatrice Gibson, UK, 20'
Unsupported Transit, Zachary Formwalt, Netherlands, 15'
Janus, Erik van Lieshout, Netherlands, 51'

IFFR 2013 Short Film Nominee for the European Awards 2013
Though I Know the River is Dry, Omar Robert Hamilton, Egypt, Palestine and UK, 20'

Two films particularly call my attention and have been following them since I learn about them. According to photos and trailer Soldier Jane seems to have outstanding visuals and I'm very intrigued by the Chilean film, El Futuro.

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