Nataša Urban's The Eclipse triumphs at CPH:DOX
- Lena Karbe's Black Mambas won the FACT:AWARD, Ivalo Frank's The Last Human got the NORDIC:DOX Award, Lea Najjar's Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live bagged the NEW:VISION Award
The 19th edition of CPH:DOX, which took place both online and on-site in Copenhagen from 23 March to 3 April, wrapped with an award ceremony which saw five out of six top awards go to women filmmakers.
Serbian-born, Oslo-based director Nataša Urban's The Eclipse [+see also:
interview: Nataša Urban
film profile], a personal reckoning with her country's recent history combining 16mm and Super 8 cinematography with archive footage, triumphed in the main DOX:AWARD Competition.
"We were stirred by the film’s rage, moved by its tender beauty, and roused by the ugliness it courageously makes its subject. As our present of war and violence threatens to one day become yesterday’s news, this film tells us in unambiguous terms: do not look away; do not forget," said the jury comprising producer Patricia Drati, writer and editor Devika Girish, filmmakers Marcus Lindeen and Marion Neumann and curator Julian Ross.
German filmmaker Lena Karbe took home the FACT:AWARD for Black Mambas [+see also:
film profile], about the titular group of military-trained women who are protecting South Africa's Kruger National Park from poachers. A special mention in the section went to Alex Pritz's Sundance prizewinner The Territory (Brazil/Denmark/USA), on the war between an indigenous tribe and Bolsonaro-backed farmers in the Brazilian rainforest.
The NORDIC:DOX Competition was dominated by two films about Greenland. Local director Ivalo Frank received the main award for The Last Human, which counterpoints the discovery of first traces of life on Earth in a small fjord with the accelerating ice melting, while Kasper Kiertzner's Tsumu – Where Do You Go With Your Dreams [+see also:
film profile] (Denmark/Sweden), following three 19 year-old friends who are trying to decide whether to leave their country, picked up a special mention.
The NEXT:WAVE Award went to Lea Najjar's Kash Kash – Without Feathers We Can’t Live, a vital portrait of Beirut depicted through the story of a game in which men try to lure the other players’ pigeons into their own pigeon lofts. A special mention was handed to Anita Hopland's Moosa Lane, in which the director revisits the material she shot over 14 years in her two home countries, Pakistan and Denmark.
In the NEW:VISION competition, the main award went to Vietnamese film artist and theorist Trinh Minh-ha's What About China (USA/China), an essayistic reflection on the rich and complex history of the country and of the film medium. Lebanese director Bassem Saad's Congress of Idling Persons received a special mention.
Finally, the POLITIKEN:DOX Award was bestowed upon Sundance Best Director Award-winner Simon Lereng Wilmont for A House Made of Splinters [+see also:
film profile], and a special mention went to Michael Graversen's Mr. Graversen, in which the director reunites with his father.
The full list of awards:
What About China - Trinh Minh-ha (USA/China)
Congress of Idling Persons - Bassem Saad (Lebanon)
Kash Kash – Without Feathers We Can’t Live - Lea Najjar (Germany/Lebanon/Qatar)
Moosa Lane - Anita Hopland (Pakistan/Denmark/Norway)
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