"Franky Five Star" gets the Ecumenical Jury's award at Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis
SIGNIS Jury awards "Argentina, 1985" at the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana, Cuba
(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.