THE PRIZE OF FILM CRITICS as well as BEST ORIGINAL SCORE DOCUMENTARY goes to INDEPENDENCE by Felix Meyer-Christian with Helen Wendt and composer Marcus Thomas.
"...A young Afro-German woman from Berlin embarks on a search for her roots. In the process, not only is the changeable relationship between the GDR and Mozambique made clear, but above all the question of identity, belonging and independence is raised. Based on this personal story, the successful essay film traces other independence movements, lets people from South Sudan have their say, from Catalonia, Great Britain and also from Bavaria. The struggle for independence, be it Brexit or the national Bavarian party, is neither judged nor ridiculed, but taken seriously. By playing out independence on three levels, the personal, the political and the symbolic on the theater stage, the film develops a tremendous pull and thus appears unstrained and immediate. Only when the question of belonging is clarified can one be truly independent." [Jury Prize of Film Critics]
The Max Ophüls Preis Film Festival is considered the most important newcomer film festival in the German-speaking world, giving voice and presenting the works of new talents from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
WETTBEWERB DOKUMENTARFILM with eleven films from German speaking countries, such as Austria, Germany and Switzerland, competing for four prizes:
- MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM, endowed with 7,500 Euros, provided by Saarland Medien GmbH
- MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: BEST FILM MUSIC, endowed with 5,000 Euros, offered by Saarland Medien GmbH and endowed by the Strecker Foundation.
- MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: PUBLIC PRIZE DOCUMENTARY FILM is endowed with 5,000 Euros by Dillinger and Saarstahl. The prize is awarded to an entry from the Documentary Film competition by a vote of the festival audience.
- The award of the non-endowed MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: PRIZE OF FILM CRITICS is decided by a three-member jury composed of the film critics' associations from Germany (BVMJ and VdFk), Austria (Austrian Film Critics' Guild) and Switzerland (SVFJ).
LineUp German documentary productions and co-productions
- 1 KILO – 3 EURO by Ani Mrelashvili, 16min, P: Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, [MOP-SHORTLIST]
- 27 STOREYS by Bianca Gleissinger, 90min, P: Mischief Film, Egoli Tossell Pictures [Wettbewerb Dokumentarfilm]
- 3 ROJ | 3 TAGE by Pesheng Ali, 8min, P: HBK – Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar, [MOP-SHORTLIST]
- ARALKUM by Mila Zhluktenko, Daniel Asadi Faezi, 14min [MOP-SHORTLIST]
- BERLIN BYTCH LOVE by Heiko Aufdermauer, Johannes Girke, 86min, P: SILENTFILM, [MOP-WATCHLIST]
- BLUE SKY WHITE CLOUDS by Astrid Menzel, 91min, P: Freischwimmer Film GmbH [MOP-WATCHLIST]
- CHEMKIDS by Julius Gintaras Blum, 27min, P: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, [MOP-SHORTLIST]
- DAS ASOZIALE MANIFEST by Michel Decar, 7min, [MOP-SHORTLIST]
- EINZELTÄTER – TEIL 2: HALLE [work in progress – part 2 of a trilogy ] by Julian Vogel, 80min, P: CORSO Film- und Fernsehprod. [Wettbewerb Dokumentarfilm]
- GOLDHAMMER by André Krummel, Pablo Ben Yakov, 93min, P: GLOTZENOFF, [Wettbewerb Dokumentarfilm]
- HAO ARE YOU by Dieu Hao Do, 90min, P: HANFGARN & UFER Filmproduktion [Wettbewerb Dokumentarfilm]
- IN YOUR HANDS | IN DEINEN HÄNDEN by Sophie Dettmar, 66min, P: KHM – Academy of Media Arts Cologne, [Wettbewerb Dokumentarfilm]
- INDEPENDENCE by Felix Meyer-Christian, 90min, P: Costa Compagnie [Wettbewerb Dokumentarfilm]
- LAS FLORES by Miguel Goya, Tin Wilke, 19min [MOP-SHORTLIST]
- RUKLA – CURRENTLY NO ENEMY IN SIGHT | RUKLA – MOMENTAN KEINE FEINDSICHT by Steffi Wurster, 87min, P: Büchner Filmproduktion, WS: NEW DOCS [Wettbewerb Dokumentarfilm]
- STAGING DEATH by Jan Soldat, 8min [MOP-SHORTLIST]
- WELCOME TO URLAU | URLAU(B) by Eva Hartmann, 90min, P: Luzid Film GmbH, [Wettbewerb Dokumentarfilm]
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