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Ecumenical prize at Schlingel international film festival Chemnitz

Monday 3 October 2016, by SIGNIS

Chemnitz, October, 3rd, 2016 (SIGNIS/Interfilm). At the Schlingel international film festival in Chemnitz, that was held from 26 Sept to October 2, 2016, the Ecumenical Jury, appointed by SIGNIS and Interfilm, gave an award and a commendation.

The Ecumenical prize was given to Hunt for the wilderpeople , by Taika Waititi, New Zealand, 2016, 1h41.

Synopsis: When Ricky, a grumpy boy of 13, arrives in his new foster home far away into the wilderness of New Zealand, he is the one to be surprised by the roughness of this environment and those new parents.

The jury explained that : “With an unusual cast and a strong focus on awesome landscapes, Hunt for the Wilderpeople is reminding us the aim of education: to help children find their autonomy. The attitude of the grown-ups questions our relation towards animals and Nature. This film made for younger audience, with a gripping story and hilarious moments, puts you on an unusual path where Ricky finds self-confidence and freedom. It is a rough story where human beings can only find their right place with the help of others.”

The Jury also gave a special commendation to Mister frog , by Anna Van Den Heide, Belgium/Netherland, 2016, 90mn.

The film is a modern fairy tale where child fiction and adult reality come together in a pleasant adventure. The sympathetic teacher sometimes transforms into a frog and the class learns to get together to protect him. Mister Frog gives a positive image of school and education, and the soft special effects and the colorful light add to the charm of this joyfull film for very young audience.

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