VOLKSWAGEN FINANCIAL SERVICES FILMPREIS
Besides the audience award "Der Heinrich", the festival will award the best european debut or second feature film with the "Volkswagen Financial Services Film Prize in 2018 for the first time.
It is endowed with 10,000 euros by Volkswagen Financial Services.
We fell in love with a coming-of-age story that questions the immigrant workers fate in Europe through the eye of an angry daughter. For its deep and personal point of view, for the sensitivity of its directing and the wonderful performance of its actress, for its emotion and its empathy towards its outcast characters, it is with enthusiasm that we attribute the “Volkswagen Financial Services Film Award” to I NEVER CRY directed by Piotr Domalewski, a director of whom we wait for the next feature film.
We were touched by a film that draws with simplicity and humility a state of play of the eastern immigration. This first feature questions the social issues of the working class in UK and talks about what brings us together no matter our culture is. For these reasons, we award CAT IN THE WALL directed by Mina Mileva & Vesela Kazakova a special mention.
We decided to give a special mention to a film with a true cinematic ambition, a fable about the colonisation in Africa told through the eye of a Portuguese soldier. With the feeling of discovering a promising director, the jury awards a special mention to MOSQUITO directed by João Nuno Pinto.
Director: Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje, UK 2018, 107 min.
Statement of the jury:
The jury had to make a difficult choice within a wide range of styles and artistic approaches. We would like to give a special mention to two outstanding works.
SOLE, by Carlo Sironi, for it’s gentle way of handling an untold trauma and cold tension. For a portrait of emotionless yet troubled young people, with love, care and no judgement for the characters.
And to I AM LYING NOW, by Paweł Borowski, for an aesthetically colourful, whimsical and vibrant yet dark picture. We especially liked the attention to detail, in styling, the symmetry and the art direction in general. The theme, disinformation and nonsense is handled in this intriguing script with a sense of humour and caution.
But finally we agreed to give the prize to In IN MY SKIN (FARMING), by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. For it’s cinematic energy, bold, accusing and sharp picture. A complex portray of loosing yourself, loneliness and the roots of anger and cruelty. A modern story of a forgotten past fighting with social and national stigma, with an engaging cast and unique storytelling.
A brilliant piece of cinematic art!
Born 1983 in Poland. Polish theatre, TV and film director. Her feature debut NINA (2018) premiered at Rotterdam,
winning the VPRO Big Screen Award. One of four women directors of the first Polish Netflix original series 1983.
Axel and Vincent, Electro-Pop Band, Producer/Remixers and also DJs. Remixes for The Cure, Pet Shop Boys, Alt-J
and Lana Del Rey and are performing internationally. They had just been personally invited by Robert Smith from The Cure to perform the Meltdown festival that he was curating.
Dr. Frank Woesthoff
Born in 1959 he studied media studies, received a doctorate in literary science, was a voluntary at the Bayerischer
Rundfunk (BR) and worked as director, dramaturge and executive director at various city and state theaters - as
well as free journalist for radio and television, like for the Lower Saxony state government. Since 2003 he is active in different managing positions for the Volkswagen Group.
Digital 21 is a musician, composer, producer and video artist. He directed several music videos and is a wellknown video artist. He combines experimental music with video art (Guggenheim, MUA, MACBA, ...) and he is the half of "DIGITAL 21+STEFAN OLSDAL", and also responsible for the Live Visuals.
Film school at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, later screenwriting studies at the Deutschen Film- und Fernsehakademie (DFFB). Since 2001 he wrote screenplays for nine movies, among them AM TAG ALS BOBBY EWING STARB (2006) which was awarded with the Max-Ophüls price for best debut film and with the sponsorship award by the Eurovision.
Film critic, film educator and freelance film programmer. Translates movies, sometimes writes about them, and constantly discusses them - with filmmakers and viewers at the film festivals and in cinemas, with students of The Institute of Journalism of the University of Warsaw in Poland and also with kids, as part of New Horizons Festival, Polish Film Institute and Filmoteka Szkolna film education programs.
Dr. Frank Woesthoff
Born in 1959 he studied media studies, received a doctorate in literary science, was a voluntary at the Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) and worked as director, dramaturge and executive director at various city and state theaters - as well as free journalist for radio and television, like for the Lower Saxony state government. Since 2003 he is active in different managing positions for the Volkswagen Group.