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<strong><em>Freda</em> by Gessica Geneus wins SIGNIS Prize at FESCAAAL</strong>

Freda by Gessica Geneus wins SIGNIS Prize at FESCAAAL

At the 31st African, Asia and Latin America Film Festival (FESCAAAL), the SIGNIS Jury awarded the film Freda, by Haitian director Gessica Geneus. Freda lives with her family in a popular neighborhood in Haiti. They survive with their little street food shop. The precariousness and violence of their daily life push them to do everything they can to escape their situation. With great expertise and sincerity, the Haitian director succeeds in telling a story where ethic, political and social commitment merge in a film made with a careful eye on Italian neorealism. The protagonists are all women who have to fight daily against endemic poverty in a rapacious, macho and violent society. It will be the women with their vitality and, in particular, the beautiful and talented Freda to whom the actress Nehemie Bastieu gives depth, to bring a glimmer of humanity and hope with the courageous choice to remain in her unfortunate country. The SIGNIS Jury members were Ana Maria Pedroso, Gaetano Liguori, Ricardo Sorbello, and Vanessa Lanari.
<strong>Ecumenical Jury Prize at 75th Cannes Film Festival</strong>

Ecumenical Jury Prize at 75th Cannes Film Festival

(SIGNIS / INTERFILM). Broker, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda (South Korea 2022), has won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes 2022. Its leading actor Song Kang-ho was honoured with the Best Actor Award of the International Festival Jury. The Palme d'Or went to Triangle of Sadness by Ruben Östlund. The Jury motivated their choice as follows: When a baby is left in front of a "baby-box "facility of a church, two men initially try to sell the baby, girls being cheaper than boys! Yet when the mother comes back, a whole different story unfolds. The film shows how family can be family without blood ties in an intimate way. Lives and souls are being protected by a secure environment created by the three adults and an orphan boy around the baby, despite the many different tormented backgrounds. The main characters are all dealing with guilt in a vulnerable way. In a touching conversation between two adults, one abandoned by parents, the other having abandoned her child, a groundbreaking way of giving 'forgiveness by proxy', is screened. The members of the 2022 Ecumenical Jury were Waltraud VERLAGUET, President (France), Mariola MARCZAK (Poland), Dietmar ADLER (Germany), Irina-Margaret NISTOR (Romania), Praxedis Bouwman (Netherlands), and Monique BEGUIN (France). The official website of the Ecumenical Jury includes interviews with the Jury members, photos, and numerous articles about the films of the festival. The Jury, appointed by INTERFILM and SIGNIS, awarded its Prize for the 48th time.