From burlesque surrealism to poetic realism. This year's three winning films are unique and very different from one another. Yet they all take you on a journey, and like the eye in this year's festival profile, invite stories to unfold in the eye of the beholder.
The winner of The Silver Mirror for best film is The Dance of Reality by Alejandro Jodorowsky!
The jury says this about the film:
This is a film who clearly shows how film is an artform, while at the same time being a very entertaining experience. It tells a personal story, but with an expression that goes far beyond the realistic. On the contrary, it is a rich fable with mythical, spiritual and political aspect, while being filled with warmth and humour. The winning film is absurd and carnevalesque, yet at the same time honoring the diversity in human nature. This is a declaration of love to the individual, with all its strengths and weaknesses.
The Doc:South Award for best documentary goes to The Last Station by Christian Soto.
In the words of the jury:
This is a sad, yet beautiful film about waiting for death. It stands out with its completed aesthetic style, which works good to the film's theme. With excellent cinemtaograpy toying with the dark rooms, the film moves in a poetic pace that seduces the viewer to surrender to the story. The filmmakers have had unique access to the people of this nursing home, and the characters are treated with dignity and respect without being too polite. In an honest, fearless and at times funny way the film approaches the moment of death. This is the best memento mori movie we have seen in a long time.
And last, but not least: The winner of the Audience Award is The Past by Asghar Farhadi.
We also awarded Apichatpong Weerasethakul the Silver Mirror Honorary Award at the opening ceremony.