WINNERS OF THE OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2019 BIMONTHLY EVENT
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
Director: Bekzat Pirmatov
Writer: Bekzat Pirmatov
Producer: Toptash Studio
Cast: Kanatbek Abdyrakhmanov, Marat Amiraev, Erika Baibosunova
Central Asia. A sanatorium called Aurora, is located at the shores of the high mountainous lake Issyk-Kul and the action of the film is taking place in this sanatorium. All happens in one day. The sanatorium serves as a mirror of the whole country, which is a kind of health resort for its population, with its beautiful nature. Sudden break of the balance between time and space leads to the start of the mechanism of fatal processes
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
THE RAVEN AND THE SEAGULL
by Lasse Lau
Director: Lasse Lau
Writer: Lasse Lau
Producers: Rie Hougaard Landgreen, Rikke Tambo, Emile Peronard
Cast: Nukaaka Coster-Waldau, Aannguaq Hansen, Vivi Nielsen, Angunnguaq Larsen
The relationship between Greenland and Denmark is shaped by a history of colonialism, subjugation and dependence. The film the Raven and the Seagull sets out to dispel some of the myths and prejudices that persist to this day, even as Greenland is moving ever closer to independence. Lasse Lau and his troupe of performers blend authenticity and reconstruction to paint a portrait of how such misconceptions have influenced the collective consciousness of both nations. The result is a beautiful and relatable film about post-colonialism and indigenous identity
BEST SHORT NARRATIVE
NOÉE IN THE STORM
Director: Mathilde Chavanne
Producer: Aurora Films
Cast: Lilith Grasmug, Rémi Mesnard, Neil Simon, Barbara Cousquer
Noée is fifteen and she stands tall. Beneath her shell, she absorbs blows without crying, but without understanding. One evening, Oscar turns up. He has the eyes and color of a survivor.
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
THE PROPHETESS (MUJAKAZI)
Director: Sylvie Weber
Writer: Sylvie Weber
Producer: Margaret Flatley
Cast: Venantie M’Mucindigirhi, Furaha M’Bagaya
A story of overcoming struggle through gumption and sisterhood in the eastern DR Congo.
Furaha and Venantie have survived traumas we could never imagine, yet in each other they find strength. This strength, so great, empowers their entire female community to set out for a different future.
Director: Ana Baer and Rocio Luna
Producer: Baer Productions
Cast: Rocio Luna
La Sabina is an exploration of contemporary surrealism. Loosely based on the tales of Maria Sabina, a female shaman from the depths of Mexico who exposes the connections between the human and the spiritual worlds. This short screendance is inspired by Claude Cahun’s constant discourse of multiplicity as well as Remedios Varo’s androgynous quality of oneiric vulnerability.
KING OF THE HOUSE
Director: Zige Zhang
Writer: Zige Zhang
Producer: Zige Zhang
A delusional man lives alone in a small dark house, believing that he is the king of the world and his supremacy is secure. However, his sovereignty is shaken by the arrival of a stranger.