THE WINNERS OF THE XVI EDITION OF THE RELIGION TODAY FILM FESTIVAL

Trento
Saturday, 19 October, 2013

The winner of the Grand Prize “In the Spirit of Faith” of the XVI edition of the Religion Today Film Festival is the documentary “One Day after Peace” (by Erez Laufer & Miri Laufer, Israel-South Africa, 2012, 86') Today, Saturday 19 October 2013, at 20.30, the Awards will be presented to the winners at the Teatro San Marco in Trento.

The international Jury (made up of Sergio Botta, Abeer Haddad, Oren Tirosh, Marian Tutui) then awarded as best film “Mar – Snake” (by Caner Erzincan, Turkey, 2011, 110'); a special mention went to “Queen” (by Mohammad Ali Basheh Ahangar, Iran, 2012, 104').
The Award for the best short film went to “The Fall” (by Kristof Hoornaert, Belgium, 2013, 17').
The International Jury instead awarded the best documentary to “Numbered” (by Uriel Sinai, Dana Doron, Israel, 2012, 55'). There was a special mention for “Au nom du frère” (by Youssef Ait Mansour, Morocco, 2013, 52').
 
The documentary “One Day after Peace” also received the SIGNIS Prize awarded by the SIGNIS Jury (World Catholic Association for Communication), made up of Marie Dulce Arauju Evora, John Forrest and Gaetano Liguori. A Special mention went to the film “Waiting for a miracle” (by Rasoul Sadrameli, Iran, 2012, 86').
 
 
WINNERS AND COMMENTS OF THE JURY
 
International Jury
 
Grand Prize “In the Spirit of Faith” 
“One Day after Peace” (by Erez Laufer & Miri Laufer, Israel-South Africa, 2012, 86')
 
Comments: “Cinema is not about teaching lessons, however ‘One Day after Peace’ succeeded in proving by artistic means that a vision or a utopia about the forgiveness in the Middle East can be born out of the grief of a mother using South Africa as a model.”
 
Best film
“Mar – Snake” (by Caner Erzincan, Turkey, 2011, 110')
 
Comments: “Like the snake in the title the authors of the film have subtly crept into a remote Turkish village in order to offer us a glimpse of a traditional community. Such a film is proof that quality cinema can be made with modest means as well as artistry.”
 
special mention
“Queen” (by Mohammad Ali Basheh Ahangar, Iran, 2012, 104')
 
Comments: “The choice of presenting the Iran - Iraq War is in itself an important and courageous decision. The ability to create surreal images, sometimes funny, often sad and mostly full of moral uncertainty - is one of the major achievements of the film. For those reasons we chose to award a special mention to the film Queen.”
 
Best short film
“The Fall” (by Kristof Hoornaert, Belgium, 2013, 17')
 
Comments: “For its capacity to propose an original form of spirituality through a careful exploration of simplicity. By means of a poetics of subtraction, Hoonraert, without any form of cinematographic manipulation, has produced a moving investigation about the loss of innocence.”
 
Best documentary
“Numbered” (by Uriel Sinai, Dana Doron, Israel, 2012, 55')
 
Comments: “The Film can bring the Holocaust into reality even after 70 years. By its selection of characters full of joy, fun and sober, along with compassionate, loving directing, inspired photography and accurate editing – for all these reasons we chose to award the prize to Numbers.”
 
Special mention
“Au nom du frère” (by Youssef Ait Mansour, Morocco, 2013, 52')
 
Comments: “The authors of the film have led us to explore a unique society that lives according to a different time pace and different cultural code. For this artistic voyage we decided to give a mention to the documentary “In the Name of the Brother.”
 
 
SIGNIS Jury
SIGNIS Award
“One Day after Peace” (by Erez Laufer & Miri Laufer, Israel-South Africa, 2012, 86')
Comments: “For the effective use of expressive means which highlight the positive results of the ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ in post-apartheid South Africa – an example for other conflicts such as the Israeli-Palestinian one – and forgiveness as a way towards peace, the forgiveness of a mother and between nations.”
 
special mention
“Waiting for a miracle” (by Rasoul Sadrameli, Iran, 2012, 86')
Comments: “A journey as a way of discovering lost unity in an Iran where the sense of the sacred survives the challenges of modernity.”
 
Special Juries
 
“1914-2014. Investigation on peace int he century of assassins” Award
Trentino Forum for Peace and Human Rights Special Jury 
“Queen” (by Mohammad Ali Basheh Ahangar, Iran, 2012, 104')
 
special mention
“Numbered” (by Uriel Sinai, Dana Doron, Israel, 2012, 55')
 
“Faith and Rites” Award
Lisignago Special Jury 
“The Possibility of an Island” (by Marianne Körver, Estonia, 2013, 30') 
 
“Holy Land” Award
Arco Special Jury 
“Within the Eye of the Storm” (by Shelley Hermon, Israel, 2012, 68') 
 
“Religions and Society” Award
Young People City of Trento Special Jury 
“Mohamed and the Fisherman” (by Marco Leopardi, Italy, 2012, 52')
 
“New Horizons” Award
New Horizons Community Special Jury
“Where is the Heaven” (by Fatemeh Ghadiri Nezhadian, Afghanistan, 2013, 13') 
 
“Pictures” Award 
Nomadelfia Fraternity Special Jury
“Su Re” (by Giovanni Columbu, Italy, 2012, 78') 
 
“Told in shorts” Award
Students’ Special Jury
“Deathbed: The Musical” (by Liat Har-Gil, Israel, 2012, 6')
 
“Wo-Men” Award
Equal Opportunities Special Jury
“Bear” (by Khosro Masoumi, Iran, 2012, 103')
 
After the awards ceremony in Trento, the XVI edition of the Religion Today Film Festival will continue its journey on 21 and 22 October in the pursuit of those prestigious collaborations already established in Italy. In terms of scientific in-depth analysis, at the seminar planned at the Universita? Pontificia Salesiana for the first time there will be an in-depth study on the Film Festival’s theme of the year “Visions. Realtity and Utopia” organized with the Universita? La Sapienza (Department of history, culture, religions). The event, which will see the participation of filmmakers and international experts, is scheduled for Tuesday 22 October, in Rome, at 18.00, at the MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts. Religion Today will also be visiting the community of Nomadelfia, in the Roman setting of Monte Mario.