Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

Award
Winners
2006

Jury of the International Competition 2006

© Kurzfilmtage / Daniel Gasenzer

Sergio Edelsztein (Tel Aviv)

Cate Shortland (Sydney)

Eran Schaerf (Berlin)

Stuart Comer (London)

Berta Sichel (Madrid)


Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen (7,500 €)

N12°13.062'/W001°32.619' Extended

director: Vincent Meessen

Belgium/Burkina Faso 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

For its evocative treatment of archeology as an abstract, negative space, its strong visual character, its haunting soundscape, and its elegant treatment of the politics of space and time, we are pleased to award the Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen to N12°13.062'/W001°32.619' Extended by Vincent Meessen.


Principal Prize (3,500 €)

Toi, Waguih

director: Namir Abdel Messeeh

France 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

For using the camera's lens to interrogate borders between past and present, father and son intimacy and geographical dislocation, for its emotional impact and political complexity, and for the film's straightforward approach, we would like to award Toi, Waguih by Namir Abdel Messeeh with a Principal Prize.


Principal Prize (3,500 €)

Civil Status

director: Alina Rudnitskaya

Russia 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

The second Principal Prize goes to a work that deserves recognition for its careful editing, its dry humour, its revelation of character, and its elegant pace. For providing an aperture into personal lives in contemporary Russia through the country's broader social and bureaucratic machinery, we would like to award Civil Status by Alina Rudnitskaya.


ARTE Prize for a european short film (2,500 €)

Casio, Seiko, Sheraton, Toyota, Mars

director: Sean Snyder

Germany 2005

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

This is an insightful film essay deconstructing photo journalism and its connections to commodity culture and the economies of branding. Its impressive research links it to a distinguished tradition of essayistic filmmaking and conceptual photography. For these reasons, we would like to award Casio, Seiko, Sheraton, Toyota, Mars by Sean Snyder with the ARTE Prize.


Special Mention of the international Jury

El crucero

director: Juan Carlos Rulfo

Mexico 2005

 

Statement

El crucero by Juan Carlos Rulfo is a precise and endearing distillation of labour and life in urban Mexico.


Special Mention of the international Jury

Me First

director: Wiliam Owusu

Kenya 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 


Statement

William Owusu shows in Me First how masculine subjectivity unravels at the end of a relationship in a modern city.


Special Mention of the international Jury

Two Women and a Man

director: Roee Rosen

Israel 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

Two Women and a Man by Roee Rosen is a surrealistic game whose rewarding deceptions offer a playful approach to the construction of history and gender.


Special Mention of the international Jury

Zakaria

director: Gianluca & Massimiliano De Serio

Italy 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

Zakaria by Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio displays a strong visual treatment of the acquisition of language and faith.


Prize of the Jury of the Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia (5,000 €)

City Scenes

director: Zhao Liang

China 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

City Scenes is a series of snapshots taken in the streets and squares of a Beijing preparing for the Olympic Games. The filmmaker captures everyday reality in static shots: leisure activities, street scenes, latent violence. The long, continuous and carefully framed shots draw attention to places and details, to the way the people there move and interact. Zhao Liang makes impressive use of cinema's capacity to make reality visible as it is.

 

The Jury of the Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia 2006:

Michael Girke (Herford), Theda Kluth (Düsseldorf), Rainer Komers (Mülheim/Ruhr), Agnes Meyer Brandis (Cologne), Claudia Siefen (Cologne)


Special Mention of the Jury of the Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia

Rugby Boyz

director: Khavn de la Cruz

Philippines 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement:

Rugby Boyz is a documentary about boys living in Philippine slums. With a unique colour and lighting design and a poetic narrative approach, the filmmaker manages to show the boys' indomitable will to live and the fragility of their situation in life.


Prize of the Jury of FIPRESCI (Jury of International Film Critics)

Toi, Waguih

director: Namir Abdel Messeeh

France 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

The jury found a radical mixture of films that challenged us to make comparisons. We watched everything from rigorous formal experimentation to raw documentary. But one film stood out. For its sincerity, its psychological depth and the nuance of its technique, the FIPRESCI jury gives the International Critics Award to Toi, Waguih, director Namir Abdel Messeeh's story of what happens when a child uproots his father's political history.

 

Jury FIPRESCI 2006: 

Cameron Bailey (Canada), Barbara Schweizerhof (Germany), Tonci Valentic (Croatia)


Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (1,500 €)

Me First

director: William Owusu

Kenya 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

A man sensitively reflects his broken relationship, emphatically overcomes his self-doubt and at last goes his own way. It is the translation of his emotional condition into a visual language which is impressive in this film. Not the least of its quality lies in the fact that the film offers us an unfamiliar picture of Africa.

 

The Ecumenical Jury 2006:

Trudie Joras (Germany), Michael Müller (Germany), Christian Murer (Switzerland), Raymond Olsen (Denmark), Eberhard Streier (Germany)


Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury

Civil Status

director: Alina Rudnitskaya

Russia 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

In a civil registry office, the filmmaker captures human reactions to milestones in life like marriage, divorce, birth, or death. The gestures and facial expressions of the participants break through the bureaucratic framework and the documentary character of this film. Emotions will not be subjugated by the administrative machinery.


Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury

A Moment of Love

director: James Lee

Malaysia 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

A Moment of Love is a film about a dying relationship which leaves the audience a lot of space to empathise with the protagonist. Its expressive images and sparse dialogue capture the audience without suggesting a final solution.


Prize of the Cinema Jury, in connection with a buying option on the awarded work by the KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg

Zakaria

director: Gianluca & Massimiliano De Serio

Italy 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

An Italian boy of Arab descent learns the language of his ancestors and tries to get to know more about Islam. In an age of quick judgements or prejudices about Islam, Zakaria approaches this unknown - from our point of view - culture slowly and respectfully. Opinions fixed in our minds are questioned, softened and changed. The film encourages us to learn more about Islam, which is an important condition for productive dialogue. A film which in the opinion of this jury serves an important purpose and deserves a big cinema audience.

 

Cinema Jury 2006:

Antoniy Donchev (Bulgaria), Tobis Kunow (Germany), Waldemar Spallek (Germany)


Special Mention of the Cinema Jury

Kein Platz für Gerold

director: Daniel Nocke

Germany 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

This humorous and light film takes an ironic look at everyday rituals in a German flat share. We observe several representatives of our species hiding their real interests behind a show of banal conflicts. At the same time, this film is a parody of a naive society which opens its doors to the omnipresent cameras of talk shows and Reality TV. What is private and authentic is lost by being declared an issue of public debate.


Prize of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (500 €)

Hanne

director: Éva Magyarósi

Hungary 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

Based on a personal experience, torn between two men, the director creates a dizzying visual cosmos. Tragedy is lurking under the surface of deliberately kitschy images: If I can't hold someone, I must devour/eat him.


Jury of the German Competition 2006

Jan Verwoert (Germany)

Alexandra Stäheli (Switzerland)

Alexandra Seibel (Austria)

 

 

 


Prize for the Best Contribution to the German Competition (5,000 €)

Rien du tout

director: Maya Schweizer  Clemens von Wedemeyer

Germany/France 2006

 

 

 

Statement

The German jury awards the prize for the best contribution to the German Competition to the film Rien du tout by Clemens von Wedemeyer and Maya Schweizer. The film is an accurate depiction of the precarious working conditions which increasingly determine our social life today. It does not do this, however, in the style of a social report with a predictable punchline. Instead, Wedemeyer and Schweizer create a series of scenes that could be happening during rehearsals for a play. This alienation reveals the dependencies, insecurities and resistance which determine the labour relations between the characters even more clearly. Each of these relations is different, the camera focuses on details, stays restless until it gathers together all the protagonist in a surprising final tableau which shows a society where everything falls apart while everyone remains dependent on everyone else.


3sat-Promotional-Award (2,500 €) for a work with a particulary innovative approach. This award includes an option for 3sat to purchase the winning title and broadcast it on 3sat

o.T.

director: Anna Berger

Germany 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 


Statement

The 3sat Promotional Award goes to the film o.T. by Anna Berger. The film deals with the pain felt at the death of one's mother. A young woman's voice-over talks about the impossibility of coming to terms with this pain through various therapies. She does this with the same laconic humour which marks the images of the film. They are images of absurd moments which reveal the faultline running through the world, when everything in life seems somehow wrong. It makes us laugh, but this laughter is always a way to recognise a pain that won't go away. Anna Berger uses simple means to find strong images and words for a form of mourning based on humour.


Special Mention of the Jury of the German Competition

Gut möglich, dass ich fliegen kann

director: Anna Doose

Germany 2006

 

with you

director: Eva Könnemann

Germany 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

The German Jury also awards special mentions to two films which in our opinion demonstrate in different ways how films can be made. The first is Gut möglich, dass ich fliegen kann by Hanna Doose who uses the means of the short film to direct a complete melodrama, finding a surprising expression for the excess of emotions generated here in musical interludes. The other is with you by Eva Könneman who films an individual character in a real situation with only a voice-over to combine the images into a narrative.


Prize of the Children Jury (1,000 €). The prize is sponsored by Kinderkanal, the ARD/ZDF Children's channel.

Maré Capoeira

director: Paoloa Barreto Leblanc

Brazil 2005

 

 

 

 


Statement

We chose this film because it is very interesting to see how children in other countries spend their time with the country's national sport. It was interesting to get to know about another country's national sport. The music is very entertaining, well-chosen and interesting, too.

 

Children Jury 2006:

Adriana Bandel, Simon Essensfam, Marvin Ghani, Melissa Neuhaus, Janosch Reick


Special Mention of the Children Jury

Big Girl

director: Renuka Jeyapalan

Canada 2005

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

This film deserves a special mention because the story could really happen and because the film is funny, sad and exciting at the same time. It is the story of a young girl who does not get along with her mother's new boyfriend until she gets to know him better.


Prize of the Youth Jury (1,000 €). The prize is sponsored by Kinderkanal, the ARD/ZDF Children's channel.

Pandasyndromet

director: Rune Schjøtt

Denmark 2005

 

 

 

 

 


Statement

We chose this film as best film because it is particularly funny and exciting and interesting from the start. The film is about a boy who has an embarrassing teenager problem. We like it that you can make a comedy out of such a serious subject. Besides, the story truly happened.

 

Youth Jury 2006:

Mandy Buers, Nina Dünschmann, Pia Lamster, Kevin Lorenz, Fabian Schäfer


Special Mention of the Youth Jury

Basti

director: Ralf Beckert/Chris Rubino

Germany 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

This film gets a special mention because it is very real. It is also about a serious subject. The locations, costumes and props were also very well chosen.


Special Mention of the Youth Jury

The First Day of My Life

dierctor: David Uloth

Canada 2005

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

This film is worth a special mention because the story is funny and serious at the same time. Many colourful objects were used to make the images prettier. They were also well matched by the music they selected and used.


Jury of the MuVi Award 2006:

Jeremy Boxer (London)

Melissa Logan (Hamburg)

Mika Taanila (Helsinki)


2nd Prize - ex aequo - (2,000 €)

Black Lead

director, script, editon: Corine Stübi

music: Death in Vergas

label: Drone

production: KHM Köln, Love London

Germany, 2006

Statement

We found there is no stand-out first prize winner this year, so we decided to give two second prizes and one honourable mention. The second prizes are in no particular order and are awarded along with 2,000 € each.


2nd Prize - ex aequo - (2,000 €)

It's All Blooming Now Mt. Heart Attack

director: Markus Wambsganss

production: KHM Köln

music: Liars

label: Mute Records

Germany, 2005

 


Statement

We found there is no stand-out first prize winner this year, so we decided to give two second prizes and one honourable mention. The second prizes are in no particular order and are awarded along with 2,000 € each.


Special Mention (1,000 €)

Maybe Not

director: Oliver Pietsch

production: Oliver Pietsch

music: Catpower

label: Matador Records

Germany, 2005


MuVi Online Audience Award (500 €)

The MuVi Online Audience Award is determined by the all internet users who cast their votes at www.muvipreis.de.

 

 

 

 

It goes to:

 

Chirurgie 2010

director: Pyrolator

production: atatak

music: Fehlfarben

label: V2 Records

Germany, 2006

 

 

The 8th MuVi Award is supported by INTRO and NIL.