Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

Award
Winners
2007

Jury of the International Competition 2007:

Solvita Krese (Riga)

Irina Leimbacher (San Francisco)

Sheryl Mousley (Minneapolis)

Néstor Olhagaray (Chile)

Rod Stoneman (Galway)


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

On the Third Planet from the Sun

director: Pavel Medvedev

Russia 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

On the Third Planet from the Sun extends the boundary of the creative documentary through a striking visual exploration of environmental destruction and the rebirth of a community in northern Russia.


Principal Prize (3,500 €)

Metamorphosis

director: Clare Langan

Ireland 2007

 

 

 

 

Statement

In Metamorphosis landscape encounters the imagination of the future in a visually stunning experimental piece.


Principal Prize (3,500 €)

Sân thu'o'ng

director: Hà Phong Ngyên

Vietnam 2006

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

Sân thu'o'ng is a poignant, heartfelt tale of father and son told in an elegant cinematic style.


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

Dad

director: Daniel Mulloy

Great Britain 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

Dad offers a challenging and sexually charged reconfiguration of family relations.


Special Mention of the international Jury

Orquesta típica

director: Nicolas Entel

Argentina 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

Orquesta típica combines irony and social insight in this Argentinean episode of street theatre.


Special Mention of the international Jury

We Will Win

director: Mahmoud Hojeij

Lebanon 2006

 

 

 

 

 

Statement:

We Will Win playfully enacts the Middle East conflict on a human scale.


Special Mention of the international Jury

Mic Jean-Louis

director: Kathy Sebbah

France 2007

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

Mic Jean-Louis is a touching rural narrative and a surprising synthesis of genres.


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

Capitalism: Slavery

director: Ken Jacobs

USA 2006

 

 

 

 

Statement

The Jury of the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia honours a film that, based on poor-quality found footage, sends the audience on a universal journey. The filmmaker animates a stereoscopic photo of slaves picking cotton into a complex narrative. But the film is not about the mere metamorphosis from static images into moving images. It is about something completely new: the length and rhythm of the movement make the length of the narrative visible again. This cineastic miniature activates the spectator's view and directs it to a present where the economic laws of the historic scenes shown maintain an undiminished validity.

 

The Jury of the Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia 2007:

Christiane Heuwinkel (Bielefeld), Michael Girke (Herford), Klaus Gronenborn (Köln), Rainer Komers (Mülheim/Ruhr), Ulrike Sprenger (Konstanz)


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

On the Third Planet from the Sun

director: Pavel Medvedev

Russia 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

A seemingly archaic landscape, with lost metal objects scattered about - and people who walk strenuous paths to collect these objects. The objects are the scrap of a future which has now passed, remnants of the history of technology. The location at which the film was made is in the north of Russia, a former test area for rockets and bombs. Pavel Medvedev's documentary film shows not only a life which looks primitive but also is one after the modern age; he makes it possible for us to experience the physical efforts and makes the cinema a space to experience another life.


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

Kramasha

director: Amit Dutta

Indien 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 


Statement

An appeal to the viewer's imagination rendered in all the virtues of 35 mm.

 

Jury FIPRESCI 2007: 

Oliver Baumgarten (Germany), Jonathan Rosenbaum (USA), Alexis Tioseco (Philippines)


Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (1,500 €)

Tolya

director: Rodeon Brodsky

Israel 2006

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

A Russian guest worker in Israel must cope with the fading memory of his home. In a moment of confusion he manages to make his wife and himself laugh on the phone over a surprising action of his. Refreshing, humane, and affectionate - a convincing debut film.

 

The Ecumenical Jury 2007:

Frauke Baymann (France), Bernd Durst (Germany), Lucienne Lanaz (Switzerland), Julia Laggner (Austria), Eberhard Streier (Germany)


Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury

We Will Win

director: Mahmoud Hojeij

Lebanon 2006

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

A revealing allegory on the Arab-Israel conflict, realised with the most basic means.


Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury

Nemam ti šta reć' lijepo

director: Goran Dević

Kroatien 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement:

The film confronts the processes of suppression in the post-war era in a Croatian village. As long as people refuse to deal with the truth, the light cannot shine in this place.


Prize of the Cinema Jury for the best 35mm film under 15 minutes in the International and German Competition, in connection with a buying option on the awarded work by the Short Film Agency Hamburg

Dad

director: Daniel Mulloy

Great Britain 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

Dad shows intimacy and sexuality as parts of normal everyday life. The unerring direction creates a moving and memorable film.

 

Cinema Jury 2007:

Jankees Boer (Netherlands), Ingrid Lüdeke (Germany), Dirk Steinkühler (Germany)


Prize of the Cinema Jury for the best 35mm film under 15 minutes in the Children's and Youth Competition, in connection with a buying option on the awarded work by the Short Film Agency Hamburg

The Girl Who Swallowed Bees

director: Paul McDermott

Australia 2006

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

Paul McDermott creates an imaginative and expressive world of his own. His poetic visual and verbal narrative style seduces both children and adults.


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

Ãgtux

Regie: Tania Anaya

Brazil 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

The Prize of the Festival goes to a film to which we want to draw attention. In this film we, the spectators, are drawn into a process of observation that allows us to enter into partial relationships without resolving existing distances. The director, Tania Anaya, offers an intelligent mixture of animation and documentary film.


German Competition 2007

Jury of the German Competition 2007:

Stefan HaynWilfried ReichartBarbara Wurm

 

Statement

A selection of films within which a jury is supposed to move unconsciously consciously excludes many things. If an individual objects to this exclusion or even just comments on it, it is very easy to throw his or her statements back at him/her as his/her personal problem. This is a lie which hides a very rigid political agenda.

We have chosen four films which illustrate an escalated social reality in different ways:


Prize for the Best Contribution to the German Competition (5,000 €), ex aequo: 1,667 €

Mammal

Director: Astrid Rieger

Germany 2006

 

 

 


Prize for the Best Contribution to the German Competition (5,000 €), ex aequo: 1,667 €

Three Notes

Director: Jeannette Gaussi

Germany 2006


Prize for the Best Contribution to the German Competition (5,000 €), ex aequo: 1,667 €

Vali Asr - Juli 2006

Regie: Norman Richter

Deutschland/Iran 2007


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.

Hit the Floor

Director: Kays Khalil

Germany 2006


Special mention of the Children Jury

Poes en de maan

director: Suzanne Tuynman

Netherlands 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

The Children’s Jury awards another Special Mention because in this film a cat comforts the moon by making music on its whiskers, and thus plays a trick on the sun. We also thought that Poes en de maan.


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

Under There

director: Jeremy Lanni

USA 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

We chose this film as the winner because it is funny and sad at the same time. Two opinions - an adult's and a child's - clash, but the child refuses to be influenced by the man and sticks to her beliefs. That's why the award for the best children's film goes to Jeremy Lanni for Under There.

 

Children Jury 2007:

Kyra Buers, Sina Feldhoff, Laura Freitag, Luka Weinberg, Lennard Skoupi


Special Mention of the Children Jury

Ediths glasslott

director: Tove Cecilie Sverdrup, Sunniva Nervik

Norway 2006

 

 

 

Statement

This film is worth a Special Mention because a small boy learns a lot about death from an old woman, which helps him overcome his fear of death. We liked the glass house and the crystals especially. The Children’s Jury gives a special mention to Ediths glasslott.


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

Schnäbi

director: Luzius Wespe

Schweiz 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

The winning film is both funny and a little serious at the same time. It tells of a day at school of our age group and thereby corresponds to our own experiences and problems. The film is not too long and not too short and certainly not boring. The actors were like our own fellow pupils and we felt that we could identify with the film. We can well imagine that this film can also be shown in schools. And we are certain that everyone here in the hall will enjoy the film this evening. The winning film is by Luzius Wespe with his really successful, imaginative, funny, interesting and entertaining film Schnäbi.

 

Youth Jury 2007:

Daniel Berger, Tobias Boland, Marius Waldhelm, Pia Mölder, Julia Wissing


Special Mention of the Youth Jury

Emily's Song

director: Thomas Kennedy, Frank Kelly

Ireland 2006

 

 

 

 

Statement

The first film is funny, spritely and entertaining and came very close to the winning film of this year's Festival. It shows that there is also a soft side to an insane boy and that family ties are also important. The film both moved us and made us laugh. The special mention goes to Frank Kelly und Thomas Kennedy from Ireland for their film Emily's Song.


Special Mention of the Youth Jury

Emilka placze

dierctor: Rafal Kapelinski

Polen 2006

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

The second film is dramatic, sentimental, exciting, informative and conveys a nostalgic atmosphere. It is a black and white film which authentically shows life as it used to be. We therefore want to give a special mention to the film Emilka placze by Rafal Kapelinski from Poland.


MuVi Award 2007

Jury of the MuVi Award 2007:

 

Anne Hilde Neset (London)

Tina Funk (Berlin)

Matt Hanson (Brighton)

 

 


1st Prize (2,500 €)

Domin, libra nos

a video by: Oliver Pietsch

music: The Space Lady

production: Oliver Pietsch

Germany, 2006

 

 

 

Statement

The video Domin, libra nos by Oliver Pietsch we chose as the winner because it is conceptually pure. Impactful. It illustrates that music video is a grown-up art form. It can be edgy and brutal, not just entertaining and fun.


2nd Prize (1,500 €)

I Have Seen You Dancing Better Than This

director: Luigi Archetti, Bo Wiget

production: Archetti & Wiget

music: Luigi Archetti, Bo Wiget

label: Rune Grammofon

Germany, 2006

 

 

Statement

We, the jury, chose this film for its seductive simplicity and humour. It perfectly complements the beauty and sincerity of the music. The musicians, directing their own piece, add a new dimension to the music.


3rd Prize (1,000 €)

H.O.N.D. Aerobic

director: Mariola Brillowska

production: Interpol Filmproduktion

musik: Felix Kubin

label: Gagarin Records

Germany, 2007

 

 

Statements

What we liked about H.O.N.D. Aerobic was that it integrates performance art into the world of video clips in very humorous fashion and also its very graphic do-it-yourself aesthetics. Mariola Brillowska managed to develop her own refreshing and wonderfully bizarre visual language.


MuVi 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:

 

1., 2., 3. (Bela B. feat. Charlotte Roche)

director: Norbert Heitker

production: Q Filmproduktion

music: Bela B. feat. Charlotte Roche

label: Four Music

Germany, 2006

 

The winner of the MuVi Online Audience Award is chosen by Internet users who cast their votes at www.muvipreis.de (in co-operation with www.bunch.tv, www.intro.de and ARTE Tracks), www.myvideo.de/special/muvi.html and www.t-online.de/kurzfilmtage. The winner received 1,456 of the more than 4,000 votes.