While cinema, and particularly America cinema, has always reflected a heroic world, applauding fighters’ courage and sense of sacrifice, the way cinema depicts war has become more sensitive, less interested in the spectacular and in ostentatious heroics. Film bears witness to the convulsions of a dumbstruck and trembling world, confronted with the faces and destinies of the men and women who are victims of conflicts they rarely understand. The vision has changed, the wide angle has tightened, and exaltation has turned into empathy.
Daily the world bears its heavy load of dramas and wars with sometimes incomprehensible motives, that often drag on with intensifying tension. While global television cameras unceasingly flood our homes with images of combat, dozens of filmmakers capture a completely different side to these conflicts, filming them to better probe, understand and transpose them for us with strength and sincerity, revealing the less known aspects, tackling them from an unexpected angle. Head on or via a more symbolic approach, these filmmakers move us with their own reading of conflict, whether from the past, the present or an imaginary future.
Here are some of the original visions we will be presenting this year in this official selection. Of the men, in the midst of the war in Syria, who put their lives at risk to fight to save their fellow men in Aleppo (Last Men in Aleppo); the American soldiers returning broken from the war in Iraq (The Yellow Birds); the Lithuanian couple confronted with war for the first time (Frost); the young Palestinian refugee in Germany (Meteor Street) and the open-air construction site, metaphor for past tension and possible reconciliation (Western).
This 5th year is also marked by ghosts from the past that reappear in the lives of the men and women trying to banish them and to learn to live again (Demons in Paradise, Cahier africain, Mariana, Women of the Weeping River).
As always, we have showcased a selection illustrating the diversity of approaches, aesthetics, nationalities and conflicts. Each artist is inimitable, each film is unique, each spectator irreplaceable.
Have a great festival!
CAHIER AFRICAIN, de Heidi SPECOGNA (2016) – Switzerland
LOW TIDE, de Daniel MANN (2017) – Israel/France
MARIANA (LOS PERROS), de Marcela SAID (2017) – France/Chile/Argentina/Germany
WESTERN, de Valeska GRISEBACH (2017) – Germany/Bulgaria/Austria
FROST, de Šarunas BARTAS (2017) - France/Lithuania/Ukraine/Poland
LAST MEN IN ALEPPO, de Feras FAYYAD (2017) – Danemark/Syria
METEOR STREET, de Aline FISCHER (2017) – Germany
DEMONS IN PARADISE, de Jude RATNAM (2017) – France/Sri Lanka
THE YELLOW BIRDS, de Alexandre MOORS (2017) – USA
WOMEN OF THE WEEPING RIVER, de Sheron BAYOC (2017) - Philippines/France
- THE GRAND JURY PRIZE, AWARDED TO THE MOST MEANINGFUL MOTION PICTURE
- THE SPECIAL MENTION OF THE JURY, AWARDED FOR SOME OUTSTANDING FEATURE OF A PARTICULAR FILM
- THE BEST DIRECTOR AWARD
- THE PRESS JURY AWArD
- THE STUDENT AWARD
The public will also have their chance to award their favourite film with the AUDIENCE PRIZE by voting at the end of the screening.