Ecumenical award at Mannheim Festival 2017
Mannheim, November, 20th, 2017 (SIGNIS). At the 66th International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg, the Ecumenical Jury, appointed by SIGNIS and INTERFILM, awarded its prize, endowed with €1,500 by the Catholic FilmWork in Germany and the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), to the film: Une vie ailleurs (Life Beyond Me) directed by Olivier Peyon (France, Uruguay, 2017) To whom belongs a child? Life Beyond Me focuses on this problem in an impressive emotional way. The film tells the painful process of respecting this basic question and stresses the importance of telling the truth. The ethical challenge is more than just a juridical case. The eyes of the protagonists are finally open for the perspective and dignity of the child with all consequences for their own life. In addition, the Jury awarded a Commendation to Oralman (Returnee), directed by Sabit Kurmanbekov (Kazakhstan, 2017) Returnee is a small and paradigmatic story on the importance of men's roots and the quest for the fatherland in times of worldwide migration. The members of the Jury were Christoph Strack (Germany – President), Linda Dombrovsky (Hungary), Johannes Feisthauer (Germany) , Franz-Günther Weyrich (Germany) and Michel Zucker (France).
First SIGNIS awards at the Popoli e Religioni Film Festival
Terni, Italy, November, 20th, 2017 (SIGNIS). For the first time, a SIGNIS jury was invited to the Popoli e Religioni Film Festival (Italy) and it awarded a prize in each of the three official categories. The SIGNIS Jury gave its Prize in the Main Competition to the film Enklave, directed by Goran Radovanovic (Serbia, 2015). This fascinating tale takes place in the aftermath of the Kosovo war. This is a story of two children, a Serb and an Albanese, who overcome the conflict between their own two people. They learn a new way of co-existence to build a better future. The SIGNIS Jury presented its Prize in the Documentary Competition to the film L'Amore senza motive, directed by Paolo Mancinelli (Italy, 2017). From Lesbos Island to the musical stage, the surprising journey of a young migrant, told with a lively creativity and humour. An astute way of showing Hope through cinema. And finally, the SIGNIS Jury also gave a Prize for the Short FIlm Competition to Chocolate Wind, directed by Ilia Antonenko (Russia, 2015). The jury explained that this is “a surprising film where truth is not where the protagonists seem to lead us. With a very modern staging, it shows the emotional manipulation of young disappointed Europeans that can fell into the nets of the so-called islamic state.An important short-film for peace building.” The SIGNIS jury members were: Antonio Ammirati (Italia), Marek Lis (Poland) and Magali Van Reeth (France)