Italian-Swedish title Normal wins the Eurimages Lab Project Award at Karlovy Vary
by David González
- All This Victory and The Projectionist have triumphed in the Works in Progress and Docs in Progress sections, respectively, as the Czech festival announced yesterday
Yesterday, the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival announced the winners of its various industry sections (the Eurimages Lab Project Award, Works in Progress and Docs in Progress), rebranded under the name Eastern Promises.
The Eurimages Lab Project Award went to the Italian-Swedish creative documentary project Normal by director Adele Tulli. The prize, worth €50,000, was bestowed upon one of the selected projects, which all boasted concepts that go beyond traditional film methods and are based on international cooperation. The jury - made up of David Kořínek, director and co-founder of Supermedia Studio at the Czech Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design; Dorien van de Pas, from the Netherlands Film Fund; and Christoph Terhechte, artistic director of the Marrakesh International Film Festival - was convinced by the project, which it described as "a visual journey through gender norms in contemporary Italy".
Directed and written by Tulli, and produced by Valeria Adilardi, Laura Romano and Luca Ricciardi for FilmAffair, the movie aims to sketch out a disorientating portrait of commonly accepted ideas of normality, and to form a kaleidoscopic mosaic of scenes from everyday life, observing the ritualised patterns of femininity and masculinity in ordinary interactions, from birth to adulthood.
In Works in Progress, 11 projects were presented from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union and, this year, also the Middle East. The jury - which included Matthijs Wouter Knol, director of the Berlinale's European Film Market; Bulgarian director-producer Rossitsa Valkanova; and Rickard Olsson, from Picture Tree International - chose the Lebanese-French-German co-production All This Victory by director Ahmad Ghossein as the recipient of the prize, valued at €100,000, and divided into post-production services by UPP (€60,000) and Soundsquare (€30,000), and a cash prize of €10,000 from Barrandov Studio.
Written by Ahmad Ghossein, Abla Khoury and Syllas Tzoumerkas, and produced by Georges Schoucair and Myriam Sassine for Abbout Productions, Marie-Pierre Macia and Claire Gadéa for MPM Film and Fabian Massah for Endorphine Production, the film follows a family struggling to survive during a 24-hour ceasefire in the war between Hezbollah and Israel in July 2006 in Lebanon.
Finally, the Docs in Progress jury - comprising Tanja Georgieva, CEO and producer at Elemag Pictures; Noemi Schory, producer, director and founder of the Documentary Filmmakers Forum in Israel; and Shane Smith, director of programming at Canada's HotDocs - decided to give the section's award (a €5,000 cash prize) to the project The Projectionist. The Ukrainian-German-Polish co-production, directed by Yuriy Shylov and produced by Gennady Kofman for Docudays UA, Olha Beskhmelnytsina for MaGiKa Film and ESSE Production House, Dirk Simon for BoxeeMedia UG and Miroslaw Dembinski, was picked from among all the projects chosen for the section, hailing from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East. A Special Mention was bestowed upon the Polish project Little Poland, directed by Matej Bobrik and produced by Agnieszka Dziedzic and Agnieszka Skalska for Koi Studio.
Here is the list of award winners:
Eurimages Lab Project Award
Normal - Adele Tulli (Italy/Sweden)
Works in Progress Award
All This Victory - Ahmad Ghossein (Lebanon/France/Germany)
Docs in Progress Award
The Projectionist - Yuriy Shylov (Ukraine/Germany/Poland)
Little Poland - Matej Bobrik (Poland)
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