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Ecumenical award at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Wednesday 11 May 2016, by SIGNIS

Oberhausen, May, 11th, 2016 (Interfilm/SIGNIS). The 62nd International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen concluded last night. The Ecumenical Jury, appointed by INTERFILM and SIGNIS, awards its Prize of 1500.- €, donated by the Evangelical Church in Oberhausen and the Catholic Film Work in Germany, to a film in the International Competition.

The award was given to 489 Years , directed by Hayoun Kwon, France 2016.

“In his memories, a soldier takes us on an excursion in the demilitarized boarder area between South Korea and North Korea. Thrilling computer-animated sequences capture his view of a dangerous journey through a mined paradise. Beauty and horror meet here and make us aware of the ambivalence of outer and inner limits“.

In addition, the jury awards a certificate for a film in the International Competition for Children’s and Youth Films, with a recommendation for the church film distribution companies in Germany, Katholisches Filmwerk and Matthias-Film, to Viaduc , directed by Patrice Laliberté, Canada 2015.

“17 year old Mathieu is out one night to spray graffiti on a highway bridge. The reason for his action won’t be revealed until the end of an exciting film that shows in various ways the lifestyle of young people. Viaduc inspires to question own prejudices as well as superficial points of view."

Members of the Jury were: Eberhard Streier (Germany, President), Christian Murer (Switzerland), Dagmar Petrick (Germany), Thomas Schüpbach (Switzerland)

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