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" Fuocoammare " wins Ecumenical Prize in Berlinale 2016

Monday 22 February 2016, by SIGNIS

Berlin, February 22nd, 2016 (SIGNIS/InterFilm). The Ecumenical Jury at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale 2016) gave its awards on February 20th. The Prize in the Official Competition Section was for the documentary Fuocoammare by Gianfranco Rosi.

The Prize of the Ecumenical Jury in the International Competition was awarded to the documentary
Fuocoammare / Fire at Sea , directed by Gianfranco Rosi, Italy/France, 2015

Fuocoammare interweaves the destinies of African refugees with the life of an Italian fishing family on the island of Lampedusa. Through poetically meaningful images, Rosi illuminates these separate worlds, connecting them through the character of a doctor, and through the motif of the sea, which nourishes some and kills others. A film that crafts a new perspective of the catastrophe, a film that refuses to allow the status quo to go unquestioned.

The Prize of the Ecumenical Jury in the Panorama, endowed with 2500- € by the Catholic Film Work in Germany, was awarded to
Les Premiers, les Derniers / The First, The Last, directed by Bouli Lanners, Belgium/France 2016

Two outcast lovers on the run. Two hitmen on their trail. Many gunshots. And it all oddly leads to a powerful plea for humanity. With gorgeously photographed lonely landscapes and endearingly hopeful characters, this playfully apocalyptic western paints a desolate road toward salvation, but the journey is worth the wait and the work because, as one character beautifully states, "There is more to life than breathing." Bouli Lanners’ Les Premiers, les Derniers urges us to breathe and travel together.

In the Forum the Jury awards its prize, endowed with 2500- € by the Evangelical Church in Germany, ex aequo to the films

Les sauteurs / Those Who Jump, directed by Abou Bakar Sidibé, Estephan Wagner, Moritz Siebert, Denmark 2016

Les sauteurs depicts the plight of African refugees from a bold new perspective. Entrusting the camera to their co-director Abou Bakar Sidibé, a young Malien hoping to enter Europe across the notorious fences of Melilla, directors Moritz Siebert and Estephan Wagner create an intimate portrait of a community in harsh conditions. The film encourages us to look beyond countless dots on a computer monitor to see individuals who suffer, hope and endure.

and to
Barakah yoqabil Barakah / Barakah Meets Barakah, directed by Mahmoud Sabbagh, Saudi Arabia, 2016

Barakah meets Barakah is a classic ‘boys meets girl’ story transposed to a refreshing and challenging context. It proposes a reflection on freedom and the role of the women in Saudi society, on the expression of self in spite of cultural impositions. The film uses humour and charm to render its political message about youth seeking freedom accessible.

The members of the Jury were:

  • Marisa Winter, Germany – Jury President
  • Micah Bucey, USA
  • Hans-Joachim Neubauer, Germany
  • Aurore Renaut, France
  • Callum Ryan, Australia
  • Jacques Vercueil, France
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