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Winning Film: YOUTH Jury Award

MIDNIGHT TRAVELER by Hassan Fazili

Jurystatement:

Dieser Film war in mehrfacher Hinsicht herausragend:

Die Filmemacher_innen haben trotz schwieriger Umstände einen fesselnden Film geschaffen, der den Zuseher_innen eine starke Botschaft übermittelt. Wir konnten sehen, dass viel Aufwand und Energie in diesen Film geflossen sind. Die filmische Umsetzung und der Schnitt ermöglichten uns, uns wirklich auf die Handlung und die Protagonistinnen und Protagonisten einzulassen.

Der Film hat uns auf eine emotionale Reise mitgenommen, die mal traurig, mal frustrierend war, aber auch voll kleiner Momente der Hoffnung und des Glücks. Er zeigt, wie man das Beste aus schlimmen Situationen machen kann.

Mit seiner schonungslosen Ehrlichkeit hat uns der Film nicht nur ermöglicht, aus erster Hand einen Einblick in eine unvorstellbare Situation zu bekommen, es hat uns darüber hinaus auch dazu angeregt, unsere eigenen Vorannahmen zu überdenken. Wir sind überzeugt, dass gerade junge Menschen diesen Film sehen sollen, um ihre Perspektive auf dieses Thema um weitere wichtige Aspekte zu bereichern. Er gibt Menschen eine Stimme, die im öffentlichen Diskurs nur allzu oft nicht zu Wort kommen.

Jury: Susanna Bauer, Lena Hinterhölzl, Carla Lauggas, Shirin Öksüz

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Winning Film - Austrian Competition

WIDERSTANDSMOMENTE - Jo Schmeiser

Jurystatement:

Der diesjährige Preis der Austrian Competition geht an einen Film, der sich mit zeitgeschichtlichen Momenten, aber auch mit Momenten der Gegenwart beschäftigt - Momente in denen Haltung gezeigt wird. Feinfühlig und mit mutiger Montage erzählt die Filmemacherin die Geschichten couragierter Frauen und schafft es einen Dialog über Generationen hinweg herzustellen, der Vergangenheit und Gegenwart verbindet. Es sind Geschichten von individuellen Entscheidungen, die gerade in Zeiten wie diesen, in denen Menschen weltweit mit Situationen konfrontiert sind, die nicht einfach hingenommen werden können, besonders wichtig sind erzählt zu werden. Geschichten, die uns daran erinnern nicht einfach wegzuschauen.

Jury: Marie-Christine Hartig, Kenan Kilic, Vanessa Spanbauer

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WINNING Film - Up&Coming

FONJA by Lina Zacher, Raharisoa Sitrakaniaina, Adrimamy Fenotoky Alpha, Raharison Nantenaina Adriano, Rakotondrabe Jean Chrisostome, Adrianamelana Erick Edwin, Andrianatoandro Ravo Henintsoa, Rakotondrasoa Elani Eric, Radrialalaina Todisoa Niaina Sylvano, Rakotoarimanana Harinjiva and Rafeno Fitahiana Sadify Henintsoa

Jurystatement:

This multilayered intimate play leads us into a closed-off microcosm, weaves together documentary and fiction and, at the same time, addresses the craft and social moments of filmmaking itself. A film within a film within a film.

A young German director creates a space of possibility within the

isolation of a juvenile prison in Madagascar. She sparks passion, hope, and confidence and hands her team the tools they need to cut, so to speak, a window to the world into their prison walls.

Through a collective self-portrait, a seemingly lost generation finds their own strong voice. As filmmakers, they not only allow us a glimpse into their lives but to be a part of reflexive and self-empowering processes that stretch far beyond the cinematic project.

Quote: „One month from now I will be free [...] Actually I shouldn´t

worry. There will be no problem. I can do many things. I can make

things. I know about the camera. [...] There was this workshop about film. I can invent things.“

We are very happy to award this price to the film Fonja by Lina Zacher, Raharisoa Sitrakaniaina, Adrimamy Fenotoky Alpha, Raharison Nantenaina Adriano, Rakotondrabe Jean Chrisostome, Adrianamelana Erick Edwin, Andrianatoandro Ravo Henintsoa, Rakotondrasoa Elani Eric, Radrialalaina Todisoa Niaina Sylvano, Rakotoarimanana Harinjiva and Rafeno Fitahiana Sadify Henintsoa.


Jury: Gerald Kerkletz, Gregor Schmidinger, Lotte Schreiber


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WINNING FILM - exp:an:ded shorts

PRISONER OF SOCIETY by Rati Tsiteladze

Jurystatement:

This film is so full of pain. Anger, fear, danger and pain and is incredibly confrontational and provocative in all those emotions. „Perhaps this is a situation in which no one would wish to be in my place“ the protagonist says. She is a prisoner of her own body, her home, her family and of society. Watching the film in a cinema, the quiet and subtle sound crawls under your skin and gives a sense of how trapped she is but also how imprisoned we all are - in our own prejudices and ignorance. So well executed as a whole and fitted perfectly to the story of a transgender woman in Georgia, the film is a well rounded and in our eyes an incredibly important piece of art, that we are glad to know. The winner of the expanded shorts competition program is „Prisoner of Society“ by Rati Tsiteladze.

Jury: Anna Prischl, Cecilia Araneda, Elisabeth Hajek

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WINNING FILM - International Competition

ERASED,__ASCENT OF THE INVISIBLE by Ghassan Halwani

Jurystatement:

Layer by layer, this film exposes what lies hidden behind an ordinary Beirut billboard. With forensic accuracy, Ghassan Halwani's Erased, ___ Ascent of the Invisible is dedicated to an underexposed chapter about the civil war in Lebanese history. The film gives a face to those who disappeared, who still have the legal status of missing persons in Lebanon. Their tombs are untraceable, but the film creates a haunting monument to the missing people.

Jury: Christiana Perschon, Marlies Pöschl, Sebastian Brameshuber

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Changed Slots - Midnight Traveler - Normal

The films NORMAL & MIDNIGHT TRAVELER are changing slots.

MIDNIGHT TRAVELER will be screened on Monday Dec 9 instead of Dec 10.

The reason for the change is the filmmakers availability as Hassan Fazili will be joining us for a Q&A afterward the screening of Midnight Traveler.

Tickets for Midnight Traveler (09.12.)
https://ntry.at/thw19_70/performances/10629?l=de

*Tickets for NORMAL (10.12.) available at Stadtkino:
http://stadtkinowien.at/news/531/

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OPENING FILM: BORN IN EVIN

this human world is opening the festival with filmmaker Maryam Zaree and her documentary

BORN IN EVEN

A film that reaches far beyond the filmmakers personal realm and connects with those affected by trauma. It raises questions about the silence on conflict and trauma within families, but also about the value of coming to terms with it.

Thrusday Nov 28 at 20:00, Gartenbaukino with:

∙ Filmmaker Maryam Zaree

DJ Ana Power (Permanent Red)

Visuals von Lavasca Dabagno

Drinks @ Philiale im Gartenbaukinofoyer

Wiederholung: 30.11.2019 18:00 Stadtkino in Anwesenheit des Filmteams

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this human world goes Austria 2.0

For the 70th anniversary of human rights last year, we've teamed up with cinemas all over the country and after a very successful and beneficial experience will continue this partnership for our 12th edition.

Twelve cinemas have joined us this year to screen the documentary DARK EDEN by Jasmin Herold & Michael David Beamish on December 10th.

Nationalparkkino Illmitz

Kino Oberpullendorf

Kulturkino Gmünd

Kino Freistadt

Moviemento Linz

Programmkino Wels

Mozartkino Salzburg

Kino Gröbming

Filmzentrum im Rechbauerkino Graz

Leokino Innsbruck

Rio Kino Feldkirch

Spielboden Dornbirn

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Sujet 2019

This years festival sujet is created by visual artist Marieli Fröhlich, extracted from her project STOP.

For this particular project Marieli Fröhlich asks people to take a break and retreat into a meditative sleep-like state in their immediate surroundings, nothing staged or added synthetically.

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