Jury of the International Competition 2008
Zelimir Zilnik (Serbia)
Mihnea Mircan (Romania)
Alessio Cavallaro (Australia)
Shai Heredia (India)
Keith Sanborn (USA)
Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen (7,500 €)
director: Dennis Tupicoff
For its masterful synthesis of social commentary, formal experimentation, and its exploration of bareback riding both within the rodeo arena and beyond.
Principal Prize (3,500 €)
director: Radu Jude
For revealing an honest image of the complex emotional terrain of family life through a rigorous and understated use of cinematic means.
Principal Prize (3,500 €)
Kak stat stervoi
director: Alina Rudnitskaya
For its poignant reflections on the reconstruction of femininity in post-communist Russia.
ARTE Prize for a european short film (2,500 €)
director: Neil Belouta
For its disquieting evocation of a world emerging from the shadows of a kidnapped future.
Special Mention of the international Jury
director: Mara Mattuschka and Chris Harring
Special Mention of the international Jury
director: Anocha Suwichakornpong
Prize of the Jury of the Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia (5,000 €)
director: Alexia Bonta
A hospital - two old women at the end of their lives. When faced with such circumstances, we usually associate them with decay and death. In Parlez moi d'amour, Belgian filmmaker Alexia Bonta shows us that this attitude may be careless, that there is a lot of experience to collect here, a knowledge relevant to all of us.
Using a formally reduced documentary approach, the director manages to make two people talk, to make them communicate their experience of life, but also their disappointments, their stubbornness and their sense of humour to the succeeding generation.
For this conversation about love and intimacy, supposedly at the wrong time in the wrong place, the jury of the Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia awards its prize to Alexia Bonta and her film Parlez moi d'amour.
The Jury of the Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia 2008:
Christiane Heuwinkel (Bielefeld), Michael Girke (Herford), Klaus Gronenborn (Köln), Rainer Komers (Mülheim/Ruhr), Ruth Schiffer (Düsseldorf)
Prize of the Jury of FIPRESCI (Jury of International Film Critics)
director: Pavel Medvedev
Taking the G8 summit in St. Petersburg in 2006 as an example, director Pavel Medvedev exposes the rituals of the contemporary business of politics in Nezrimoe: The tired choreography of the press, the brutal ballet of horrendous security machines, the rusty gestures of symbol politics. Like an ethnologist, he approaches the subject from the edges. Images that stand for themselves, without commentary or additional music and which no doubt belong to the large screen and invite the viewer to look again and again add up to this quite elegant film full of reserved, exact observation, full of sensitivity and which, in addition, tells us a lot about the present conditions of oligarchy and Putinism in Russia. A film of distances: as an alienating contrast, there is a graveyard and a stonemason, who chisels away at gravestones. This reminds us of Brecht and his lines on the transience of power: "At the Moldau the stones are moved/Three emperors are buried in Prague/The great one stays great, but the small one not small/The night has twelve hours and then already comes the break of day."
Jury FIPRESCI 2008:
Anjelika Artyukh (Russia), Mark Peranson (Canada), Rüdiger Suchsland (Germany)
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (1,500 €)
director: Kawamura Yuki
A young Japanese family is confronted with the mother's death. This impressive short feature film shows us in deeply symbolic images how little Yu and his father are borne up by the security offered by the family.
The Ecumenical Jury 2007:
Irina Grassmann (Germany), Wolfgang Luley (Germany), Christian Murer (Switzerland), Eberhard Streier (Germany), Peter F. Stucki (Switzerland)
Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury
director: Shyamal Karmakar/Sanghamitra Karmakar
In an Indian boomtown, a little girl is trying to preserve its childhood world. In highly contrasting images, this documentary shows how childhood is threatened by urbanisation.
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
director: Hannaleena Hauru
At a first glance, the finnish production Jos Kaadun tells an everyday story - nevertheless the film provides different levels of access, amongst them a documentary approach. Many fondly observed details and the high technical quality make the film a screen-filling cinematic experience.
Cinema Jury 2008:
Juliette Duret (Belgium), Ingrid Lüdeke (Germany), Christian Wichmann (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
Tôt ou tard
director: Jadwiga Kowalska
The animation Tôt ou tard from Switzerland impresses with its simple, poetic story and with its appropriate technical realization. A film about day, night, and the power of friendship, entertaining both for children and adults.
Prize of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (500 €)
Regie: Jaan Toomik
The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen awards its prize to a disturbing film which reflects, in a few precise scenes, a man's fear of commitment who can find comfort neither in his relationship nor in religious communities nor in nature.
Jury of the German Competition 2008
Prize for the Best Contribution to the German Competition (5,000 €)
Die Tragöden aus der Stadt
Director: Eva Könnemann
Eva Könnemann's film convinced us through its complexity, its sense of humour and efficient montage. The director follows the rehearsals of a production of "Hamlet" by Fabian Hinrichs and Laurent Chétouane, which results in some intelligent interaction between Shakespeare's play and the plot of the film. The film offers profound insights into the creative process with all its contradictions, highs and lows.
We have chosen four films which illustrate an escalated social reality in different ways.
3sat-Promotional-Award -ex aequo- 3sat-Promotional-Award (2,500 €; ex aequo: 1,250 €) 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
Director: Xenia Yvon Lesniewski
What we liked about Supersensibel was the way the director combines pop animation with the playful representation of a polymorph sexuality, adding enigmatic comments which lend the film a furious energy.
3sat-Promotional-Award -ex aequo- (2,500 €, ex aequo: 1,250 €) 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
I Killed the Butterflies
Director: Cyrill Lachauer
I Killed the Butterflies finds archaic images for a ritual of liberation set in a wintery mountain landscape. The rough, unpolished camera corresponds to the physical immediacy of this film.
Special Mention of the Jury of the German Competition
Director: Norman Richter
Eure Kinder werden so wie wir (Your Children Will Be Like Us)
Director: Andree Korpys and Markus Löffler
In Heidelberg, Norman Richter takes a trip back into his family history. He reflects on memory, decline and death in quiet, precise images, circling around the pain connected with these things.
Eure Kinder werden so wie wir is one of the few films in this programme to choose a political subject. Andree Korpys and Markus Löffler film the confrontations between protesters and policemen in Gorleben and Heiligendamm as an apparently ritualised trial of strength.
Prize of the Children Jury (1,000 €)
director: Simone van Dusseldorp
This film is funny, but it has a serious background. A boy behaves like a dog to recover his parents' attention. We think that unfortunately this is the everyday life in many families. The strong acting also convinced us.
Children Jury 2008:
Max Komes, Jasper Marten Köster, Hannah Mendrina, Fabian Spickeneder, Linnéa Doberstein
Special Mention of the Children Jury
director: Claude Luyet
The cat and the mouse were animated in various ways. The film shows the technical and artistic possibilities and represents a "journey through time", from pencil drawings to computer animation.
Prize of the Youth Jury (1,000 €)
director: Leonardo Cadaval
Urbanity - ignorance - the rain forest. This fast-paced animated story of a Brazilian native Indian starts with a harmless hunt. The film manages, without words, to depict the conflict between civilisation and nature in fascinating animated pictures. The tension between the cultures is underlined by an intelligently adapted noise and sound design. An audiovisual masterpiece, produced almost single-handedly by the director.
Youth Jury 2008:
Deborah Tabea Luhnau, Ruth Lange, Sebastian Busch, Jannik Süselbeck, Kim Werth
Special Mention of the Youth Jury
The Sound of People
director: Simon Fitzmaurice
"The day I die the Internet arrives." The director manages to find an impressive and poetic visual language to convey his philosophical reflections on life and death.
Jury of the MuVi Award 2008
Jan Jelinek (Berlin)
Libby Durdy (Sheffield)
Roel Wouters (Amsterdam)
1st Prize (2,500 €)
Ich bin der Stricherjunge
a video by: Simone Gilges
music: Stereo Total
production: SimGil Production
label: Disko B
It has the essence of pop, it's showing friends, fashion and fun, it's spontaneous, improvised, authentic, do it yourself and shows good production values. The visual aesthetics are connected in a good way to the lo-fi sound of the song. The director seems part of the scene, at least he shares the style-codes of the band. The best stuff comes from something that you are passionate about. It's a document of the Berlin punk scene.
2nd Prize (1,500 €)
Das beste deutsche Musikvideo
director: Luigi Archetti, Bo Wiget
production: Archetti & Wiget
music: Luigi Archetti, Bo Wiget
label: Happy System
It's ironic, trippy, pretentious, obviously arty, though the music and video were going really well together. It plays with the conventions of music videos, it's an anti choreography, anti video, simple and elegant. It made us debate and since it became number two, it's not the "bestes deutsches musikvideo".
3rd Prize (1,000 €)
director: Jörg Petri
production: Jörg Petri
musik: Michael Fakesch
label: !K7 Records
The method is its strength: it focuses on one simple idea, connecting traditional craftsmanship to contemporary aesthetics, making good use of the constraints of the letterpress.
The MuVi Online Audience Award
The MuVi Online Audience Award is determined by the all internet users who cast their votes at www.muvipreis.de (500 €).
It goes to:
Aus meinem Kopf (Erdmöbel)
director: Sandeep Mehta
production: Sandeep Mehta
label: Sony BMG
The winner of the MuVi Online Audience Award is chosen by Internet users who cast their votes at www.muvi-preis.de (in co-operation with www.intro.de and Hobnox).