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Award at the Nyon film festival

Monday 25 April 2016, by SIGNIS

Nyon, April, 25th, 2016 (SIGNIS/INTERFILM). APRIL 15-23, 2016
An interreligious jury appointed by SIGNIS and INTERFILM was present at the Festival Visions du Réel in Nyon (Switzerland). The jury includes a member of INTERFILM and SIGNIS, and a member of Jewish and Muslim faith.

The jury awards a feature-length film of the international competition and possibly a commendation that sheds light on existential, social or spiritual questions as well as human values. The prize of CHF 5’000 is donated by both the Swiss Catholic Church and Médias-pro, the Media Department of Reformed Churches in the French-speaking part Switzerland (CER), and the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities.

The Interreligious Jury awards its Prize endowed with CHF 5000 to the film:
Liberation, The User’s Guide , directed by Alexander Kuznetsov, France, Russian, 2016

A film which creates a portrait of two young women, confined within a neuropsychiatric establishment in Siberia but in search of their dignity and independence. The film-maker tackles the subject with remarkable simplicity and narrative rigour. This desire for liberty requires them to call on courage, perseverance and solidarity in order to reach their goal.
These fundamental human values convinced the jury unanimously to award its prize to the film "Liberation, The User’s Guide".

The jury awards a Commendation to the films:
Looking Like My Mother , directed by Dominique Margot, Switzerland, 2016
A courageous work of personal and universal significance, displaying exceptional creativity.

Still Breathing , directed by Anca Hirte, France, 2016
An avant-garde work which approaches a difficult subject with a delicate and innovative vision.

The members of the Interreligious Jury 2016:

  • Nasser Bakhti, Carouge (Switzerland/Algeria)
  • Alan Foale, Leeds (England)
  • Pierre Marguerat, Lausanne (Switzerland) - President
  • Ilaria Piperno, Rome (Italy)
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