War on Screen crowns For Sama its winner
by Fabien Lemercier
- Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts’ documentary scoops both the Grand Prize and the Audience Award, while Papicha, Monos and Camille complete the list of victors
Confirming its deserved place within the tightly packed landscape of film events unspooling in France in the autumn months, and having paid tribute to Bertrand Tavernier and Mike Leigh in their presence during its 7th edition, which closed on 6 October in Châlons-en-Champagne to the tune of over 19,000 viewers, the War on Screen Festival has crowned the British documentary For Sama [+see also:
interview: Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
film profile] by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts its winner; a film which walked away brandishing both the Grand Jury Prize (whose judges were presided over by the photographer and director Seamus Murphy) and the Audience Award.
Unveiled (and triumphant) in Austin’s SXSW before being shown in a Special Screening as part of Cannes’ official selection, battling it out for the Best Documentary Golden Eye Award as presented on the Croisette, For Sama, which plunges the viewer into the very heart of the Syrian conflict from a very personal perspective, is raking in the accolades (notably winning awards in Sheffield and at Toronto’s Hot Docs, as well as in Munich, Telluride, Galway, Odessa, Dinard, Leipzig, Bologne, Durban, Guanajuato, Minneapolis, Newport and Nantucket). The film will be released in French cinemas on 9 October courtesy of KMBO.
This year’s War on Screen Festival has likewise paid tribute to three fiction films discovered in Cannes, at the Sundance Festival and in Locarno, respectively: Papicha [+see also:
interview: Mounia Meddour
film profile] by Mounia Meddour (bagging the Best Direction award and the Student Jury Prize – due to be released in France on 9 October via Jour2Fête), Monos [+see also:
film profile] by Alejandro Landes (which received a Special Mention – to be distributed in France by Le Pacte as of 4 March 2020) and Camille [+see also:
interview: Boris Lojkine
film profile] by Boris Lojkine (the winner of the Press Jury Prize – to be released on 16 October via Pyramide).
The full list of awardees is as follows:
International Feature Film Competition
For Sama - Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
Student Jury Prize
Papicha - Mounia Meddour
International Short Films Competition
Lycée Jury’s Best Short Film Award
Silence - Mahdi Borjian (Iran)
Excess Will Save Us - Morgane Dziurla-Petit (Sweden)
(Translated from French)
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