Audience Award "The Heinrich"

DER HEINRICH is the Braunschweig International Film Festival’s audience award for European debut and second films.

The viewers select the winner out of 10 nominated films. At the beginning of each screening, the audience receives ballots awarding 1 to 4 (4 is the highest voting) points to the film.

The best rated film director wins the statuette DER HEINRICH. The prize money of 10,000 € is equally divided between the director and the German distributor (or production company).

The Winners

2020: The Dazzled

[Translate to Englisch:] Regie: Sarah Suco, Frankreich 2019, 89 Min.


Die 14-jährige Camille, ihre drei kleineren Geschwister und ihre liebevollen Eltern führen ein glückliches Leben in einer französischen Kleinstadt, bis sie einer religiösen Gemeinde beitreten, die nach und nach immer mehr Einfluss auf ihr Familienleben nimmt. So darf Camille z. B. keine schwarze Farbe mehr tragen und ihre geliebte Zirkusschule nicht mehr besuchen. Hin- und hergerissen zwischen ihrer Familie und dem, was für sie immer skurriler wird, muss Camille schnell erwachsen werden.

Die spannende Geschichte basiert auf den persönlichen Erfahrungen der Regisseurin als Kind und wird von starken Schauspieler*innen getragen.

Biografie Regie: 1981 in Montpellier geboren. Meisterschülerin an der Pariser Schauspielschule, danach Schauspielerin (Theater und Film) und außerdem Autorin von Theaterstücken. THE DAZZLED ist ihr 1. Langfilm als Regisseurin.


Director: Anke Blondé, Belgium/Netherlands 2019, 106 min.


Dorien has everything –  two children, a husband, her own veterinary practice. But suddenly everything is different: her mother has been having an affair for years. She is caught between a rock and a hard place. An unexpected event makes Dorien stop and think. Her husband doesn't listen to her –  is there something going on between him and his female colleague? Dorien has to ask herself what is important to her. Start all over again at the age of 36? Does she still have time to realize her dreams? What really were her dreams? Turbulent, chaotic, comical, Dorien, brilliantly played by Kim Snauwaert in her first film, navigates her way from situation to situation back to herself.


Director:  Rohena Gera, France/India 2018, 130 Min.

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An apartment in Mumbai: the young widow Ratna works as a domestic servant for the wealthy Ashwin. While he seemingly possesses everything to be happy, Ratna is fighting full of hope for her dream of becoming a fashion designer. Although both live in different, irreconcilable worlds, they come closer - their attachment, however, threatens to fail due to the traditional social barriers. ”I had the idea of dealing with the issue of class differences in India which has preoccupied me for years, and of exploring it by a love story”, is what director Rohena Gera says about her feature film debut, wonderfully understanding, cheerful and serious at the same time.


Director: Darren Thornton, Ireland 2016, 82 Min.

with Seána Kerslake, Charleigh Bailey, Tara Lee, Denise McCormack, Siobhán Shanahan 

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When Mary returns from a short spell in prison, everything has changed: her best friend Charlene is about to celebrate her dream wedding. Angry young woman Mary, who is as stubborn as she is vulnerable, wants to get everything right this time. First of all, she has to find somebody to accompany her to the celebration. However, her dating attempts turn out to be pretty much of a disaster and soon emotional chaos rages within her. But then Mary meets the musician Jess, everything changes... Wonderful tragicomedy with irony and humour about friendship, love, letting go and starting anew with an irresistible, superb leading actor. 2017 Irish Film & Television Award for the best Irish film.


Director:  Joost van Ginkel, Netherlands / Sweden / Bulgaria 2015, 123 Min.

with Anjela Nedyalkova, Boris Isakovic, Erik Adelöw, Issaka Sawadogo, Jasna Djuricic, Magnus Krepper

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Amsterdam - here cross the paths of several people, who for very different reasons end up in the Dutch capital: The young Bulgarian Jenya, whose trip to the West is different to what she expected or Yaya from Africa, who somehow muddles through. A Serbian war criminal`s past catches up with him. Whereas Seka from Bosnia can`t forget the past and is out for revenge. And then there is Lukas, the little piano virtuoso from Sweden. Fantastic ensemble of actors and a masterfully interwoven story, which keeps us engrossed until the last minute and shows the at times unscrupulous society we live in.

2015: 4 KÖNIGE

Director: Theresa von Eltz, D 2015, 98 Min.
with Clemens Schick, Paula Beer, Jella Haase, Jannis Niewöhner
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Christmas, festival of love and reflection? The youngsters,Lara, Alex und Fedja, have all had their experiences with this. They spend the Christmas days in a youth psychiatric ward because at home the conflicts in their families only escalate. Psychiatrist Dr Wolf, controversial for his unconventional methods, bring them together with Timo, an aggressive youth that has a tendency become violent. Each one has his own story but they do not just have to cope with themselves but also with each other. The experiment seems to be failing, but then unexpected group dynamics begin to develop and it becomes a moving and exceptional Christmas for all of them.

2014: LA BELLE VIE (The Good Life)

Director: Jean Deniszot, F 2013, 93 min
with Zacharie Chasseriaud, Jules Pélissier, Solène Rigot, Nicolas Bouchaud
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Ten years Yves kidnapped his two sons. Ever since they live a reclusive life in the Pyrenees. But the kids have grown up and want to pursue their own dreams. Like a western, the film tells the story of their escape from the mountains in Southern France to the banks of the Loire river.


Director: Dan Heartley, GB 2013, 96 min
with Nancy Clarkson, Bretten Lord, Molly Mc Glynn u.a.
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When Tom’s father dies, his world falls apart. The boy, who lives with his mother and brother in the Yorkshire Dales, ends up at odds with the law. All this changes, however, when Tom is given community service with the National Park ranger, Al Thrope. In the process, the two individuals develop a deep friendship.

2012: HEADWINDS (Des vents contraires)

Director: Jalil Lespert, F 2011,  91 Min.
with Benoît Magimel, Isabelle Carré, Boulli Lanners, Audrey Tautou
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Paul’s life is turned upside down the day that his wife Sarah suddenly disappears. After a year he spent searching in vain, Paul moves back to Saint Malo, his home town, with his two children. Unexpected encounters will shape this new start in ways he never imagined. German premiere.

2011: WHAT ARE BEARS FOR? (Para que sirve un oso?)

Director: Tom Fernández, E 2011, 100 Min.
with Geraldine Chaplin, Javier Cámara, Gonzalo de Castro, Emma Suárez
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2010: ILLEGAL (Illégal)

Direcotr: Olivier Masset-Depasse, B/LUX/F 2010, 95 Min.
with Anne Coesens, Esse Lawson, Christelle Cornil
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2009: THE CLOWN (Pa-Ra-Da)

Director: Marco Pontecorvo, I 2008, 100 Min.
with Jalil Lespert, Evita Ciri, Gabi Rauta
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2008: CONCRETE ROMANCE (Cemento Armato)

Director: Marco Martani, I 2007, 93 Min.
with Carolina Crescentini, Nicolas Vaporidis, Giorgio Faletti
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2007: TRUST ME

Director: Andrew Kazamia, GB 2006, 90 Min.
with C. Pendergast, Enn Reitel, W. Ave Zoli
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2006: Four Minutes

Regie: Chris Kraus, D 2006, 111 Min.
mit Hannah Herzsprung, Monica Bleibtreu
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Director: Shimmy Marcus, IRL 2004, 85 Min.
with Wuzza Conlon, Steven Berkhoff, Laura Pyper, Huey Morgan
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Director: Peter Luisi, CH 2004, 90 Min.
with Pablo Aguilar, Sandra Schlegel, Simon Desbordes
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2003: FROM HEAVEN (Quand tu descendras du ciel)

Director: Éric Guirado, F 2003, 100 Min.
with Benoît Giros, Serge Riaboukine, Jean-Francois Gallotte

2002: SLADKE SANJE (Sweet dreams)

Director: Saso Podgorsek, SLO 2001, 110 Min.
with Janko Mandic, Veronika Drolc, Ive Zupancic


Director: Buket Alakus, D 2000, 81 min
with Nursel Köse, Saskia Vester, Audrey Motaung


Director: Brigitte Müller, D 1999/2000, 98 min
with Frank Giering, Steffen Wink, Catherine Fleming, Uwe Steimle

1999: DE POOLSE BRUID (The Polish Bride)

Director: Karim Traïdia, NL 1998, 90 Min.
with Jaap Spijkers, Monic Hendricks, Rudi Falkenhagen, Roef Ragas