Posted by: viewfromtheriva | September 27, 2011

2011 XVI Annual Split International Film Festival


Festival Poster 2011

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Last week, the 16th annual Split International Film Festival concluded and one of the three jurors selected to judge the eleven feature films entered in the competition was Robert Aronson!  What a thrill it was to be asked!  My fellow jurors included an Academy Award winning producer Čedomir Kolar and a young Austrian filmaker, Klaus Haendl.

The week long competition featured dozens of films in many categories–shorts, documentaries, etc.  The Festival is one of the oldest and most respected here.  In an age when almost any city can have a film festival, Split stands out because it is one of the rare festivals where movies are actually made during the festival.

This year, Bela Tarr, an internationally reknowned Hungarian  filmaker, was on hand to help mentor six young Croatian filmakers create films during a two week workshop session.

One of the highlights of the Festival was the appearance of Croatia’s President Ivo Josipovic to attend a screening of a documentary about the 1991 war here.  As a judge, I got to meet him and discuss global politics and Croatia’s pending entry into the EU and what he really thought about Angela Jolie (who he met earlier in the summer).  Nah, just shook his hand, didn’t even get a photo.

Here are this year’s winners:

GRAND PRIX FEATURE FILMS

Jury members: Čedomir Kolar, Robert Aronson, Klaus Haendl
Bakur Bakuradze
OKHOTNIK / THE HUNTER

Russia

Bakuradze demonstrates a remarkable ability to capture subtile human emotions without artifice. Both visually honest and brave, the film unfolds slowly to reveal the enormous yearnings of characters who live a rugged life, seemingly devoids of obvious emotions. The Hunter is what the art of film making is all about – talking difficult, yet compelling matherial and creating an experience unafraid to show you its heart and soul. Without special effects, spoon feeding or hollywood glitz.
SPECIAL MENTIONS
Nikolaus Geyrhalter
ABENDLAND

Austria

This Austrian film takes us into the night world of work and life after dark. Opening our minds to what goes on after most of us are asleep, Geyrhalter has created a stunning work that not only reveals a rich fense of life, but also celebrates the human in each of us

Christopher Murray / Pablo Carrera
MANUEL DE RIBERA

Chile

This powerful chilean film shot entirely on a remote island of the Chile, is beautifully composed and filmed as it follows – a simple peasant whose life is forever changed by the wild beauty of the island and its people. Although some may find its glacial pace unsettling, only through such patience do the directors reveal the films hunting intimacy with images that will stay in your mind for a long time.

COMPETITION SHORTS

Jury members:  Nina Violić, Frederic Tachou, Franz Jud

GRAND PRIX
Igor Chojna
SEANS W KINIE TATRY / SCREENING AT THE TATRY CINEMA

Poland

Igor Chojna’s touching film, portraits a man passionate for cinema and reflects at the same time the every day challenges and struggles of a society between nostalgia and hope.
SPECIAL MENTIONS
Milja Viita
MONSTER ATTACK

Finland, Kenya

For translating under the mark of innocence an ambitious postcolonial situation.

 

Pascal Fendrich / Bernd Härpfer STARGATE
Germany

For the clarity and coherence of their visual device.

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