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Astra Film Festival

Astra Film Festival 2000 - Awards

THE GRAND PRIZE

granted by Formula AS Magazine


FOREVER LITTLE, by Barbara den Uyl, The Netherlands

JURY'S MOTIVATION

The jury was impressed by the manner in which this film explores the feelings and circumstances of people who are often subjected to the prejudice and misplaced pity of others in society. The film was inspired by the filmmaker’s realization that people who are much smaller than the majority experience exclusion as young people, slowly come to accept their physical limitations, and when they find others like themselves, can create friendships, marriages and families which sustain them. By allowing Big People slowly into the world of Little People, the film encourages both social insight and human sympathy. The film is marked by the trust between filmmaker and subjects.

ASTRA PRIZE FOR THE BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY

granted by The Romanian National Center For Cinematography


MARRIAGE, by Bibo Liang, China

JURY'S MOTIVATION

The film masterfully portrays the negotiation process between two Chinese families on the exchange of material values preceeding the wedding of two young people and the marriage ritual. The filmmaker gives a subtle portray on how marriage is embedded and perpetuates the traditional distribution of social relations between families and communities. The film is also exemplary in suggesting a critical reading of Chinese traditions not caring much about individual happiness yet preserving the dignity of the family as a whole.

AWARD FOR EASTERN-EUROPEAN FILM

granted by Deventer-Roemenie Foundation and FilmhuisDeKeizer, The Netherlands


A DAY IN THE LIFE OF EPHTIM D., by Asen Balikci & Antonii Dontchev, Bulgaria; BLACK AND WHITE IN COLOUR, by Mira Erdevicki , Czech Republic

JURY'S MOTIVATION

 To encourage documentary film production in Eastern European countries.

AWARD FOR ROMANIAN DOCUMENTARY FILM

granted by the British Council


CUKOO'S NEST, by Catalin Apostol; NO RUSH, NO WOMEN, by Gabriel Hanganu & Adina Bradeanu

JURY'S MOTIVATION

CUKOO'S NEST - The jury highly evaluated the sensitive and delicate approach to mentally ill people shown in the film. The author has definitely become close to the persons with whom he made interviews and whom he met in the hospital making the extremely difficult enterprise very human. Case study of the singular “cukoo’s nest” in a country undergoing rapid change, touches upon the intricate universal issues of what is considered ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ in our contemporary society. The film provokes us to rethink the question and treats a complex worldview of those people as the mirror in which we can look at ourselves more sharply and in much more critical way.

NO RUSH, NO WOMEN - The Jury appreciated especially an anthropological way with which the authors dealt with the contemporary problems of post-socialist transition. By focussing on the small group of sheperds living in the “pit” at the outskirts of Bucharest, they were able to show larger issues related to the desindustrialization and desintegration of the society that underwent heavy industrialization in the near past. Former state employees were forced to come back into traditional activities, such as herding and breeding sheep. Individual life trajectories, often broken and shattered, are strictly interwoven into structural changes. Fates of men living in a hut and the “pit” itself becomes an intriguing mataphor of the social and cultural aspects of the contemporary changes in Romania.

SPECIAL COMMENDATION OF THE JURY


LISDOONVARNA, LOURDES OF LOVE, by Hans Heijnen, The Netherlands

JURY'S MOTIVATION

The filmmaker pictures the everyday life and dreams of bachelors in rural Ireland by discovering the peculiarities of individual biographies of men of the same social status. The three different characters nicely explain the complexity of social constrains, family histories and individual choices in the lives of bachelors. The director invites the audience into the world of match-making institutions with sound taste and thorough empathy and makes the viewer understand the vulnerability of men who have avoided the destiny of men in this world as to choose parteners at the right time and direct live to success.