The German short film METEOR, winner of the Grand Prize of the Jury at BIEFF 2012!

Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival continues to grow year after year, proof being our record audience numbers of over 10.000 attendees during the third edition of BIEFF, which filled up Cinema Scala and Cinema Elvira Popescu during the six days of the festival, between November 20th and 25th.
The new edition of Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival (BIEFF) ended on Sunday, November 25th, at Cinema Scala, where the Awards Ceremony took place. The BIEFF 2012 Jury, comprised of prestigious cinema professionals - Christophe Leparc (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs Cannes), Jonathan Pouthier (Centre Pompidou Paris), François Bonenfant (Le Fresnoy), Laurențiu Damian (National University of Drama and Film Bucharest), Anna Abrahams (EYE Film Institute Netherlands), Brigitta Burger-Utzer (SixpackFilm Austria) - has decided:
The Grand Prize of the Jury, offered by the National University of Arts Bucharest (UNARTE), went to Germany, for the film METEOR, directed by Matthias Müller and Christoph Girardet. METEOR is a symbolical coming-of-age made of classical movies fragments, in which the generic hero of the boy is literally cut out from black-and-whites such as Les quatre cents coups, Le ballon rouge or Zéro de conduite, while the images of the cosmic space come from vintage sci-fi movies. A demonstration of creativity in the repurposing of found footage, ʺthe film empathizes with childlike realms of imagination, accompanying a boy’s stages of development towards individuation and disentanglementʺ, said the two directors. The BIEFF 2012 Jury motivated their decision: The two filmmakers present another crystal of found footage film, using the expressive power of the material to transform it into their poetic cinematic language. The dark skies act as a screen where the imaginations and dreams of young boys are projected, symbolizing their complex expectations, shared between fears and the desire for freedom. The melancholic mood is turned into a magical trip to the moon, where visual sensations interrupt the feeling of loneliness.”
The Best Cinematography Award, offered by Kodak Cinelabs Romania, went to the Portuguese film THE WAVES, directed by Miguel Fonseca. “With a kind of melancholy one can find in the haunting harmonies of Fado, THE WAVES has a contemplative, almost esoteric dimension, which links humans and nature, life and death as two sides of the same reality.” (Formatcourt) Through an elliptical narrative, THE WAVES tells the story of two sisters caught in a strange mutually dependent relationship. The sparse storyline is set against the dramatic and beautifully photographed Portuguese coastline- a 'paradise lost', rendered even more beautiful by the sense of frailty and loss at its very core. The BIEFF 2012 Jury motivated their decision: The cycle of life and death is represented with a beautiful cinematography of the sea and the landscape around it. Timeless one wave after the other rolls to the beach and back; being part of the cycle of the elements. This natural ongoing rhythm influences the atmosphere of the film and the subtle presentation of the relationship between two sisters.”
The Special Mention of the Jury went to two Romanian directors, Paula Oneț and Manuela Borza, for the film CONNECTION LOST. At the boundary between documentary and fiction, CONNECTION LOST records the Skype conversations between the two filmmakers temporarily studying abroad and their relatives back home, in Romania, thus creating an interesting study on family relationships, (non)communication and prejudices. The BIEFF 2012 Jury motivated their decision: The film shows how a clever concept – in this case two female Romanian exchange students telling their relatives through Skype that they want to stay in Turkey – can lead to a work that is at the same time deep and humoristic. The spontaneous and absurdly framed conversations tell us how strong family ties are not enough to overcome an unavoidable generation gap. Distrust of unknown cultures, and a strong wish to protect their beloved offspring drives the older generation. The young want to dive in a new adventure – in their studies, their lives, and in their way of making cinema. Simple means and strong effect.
The Awards Ceremony was followed by the screening of the new film by Peter Greenaway – GOLTZIUS AND THE PELICAN COMPANY. Honorary President of the festival and special guest at the Closing Ceremony, Greenaway presented his most recent film, which was screened for the first time in Romania, only a few days after its international premiere at the Rome Film Festival.
During the third edition of BIEFF the audience enjoyed the 40 films selected in the international competition and the special screenings made possible by several cultural partnerships unique in Romania, with a series of major film festivals and institutions in the areas of experimental cinema and visual arts: Quinzaine des Réalisateurs - parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival; IDFA Amsterdam - the main European documentary festival; Centre Pompidou - the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris; International Short Film Festival Oberhausen; Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains, EYE Film Institute Netherlands; Sixpackfilm Austria.
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Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF is organized by The Association for Culture and Image, with the support of The National Centre of Cinematography, The National University of Drama and Film, The National University of Arts, Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains, MNAC National Museum of Contemporary Arts, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Romania Film, The Konrad Adenauer Foundation, The Austrian Cultural Forum, Goethe Institut, UNIFRANCE, The French Institute, The Embassy of the Republic of Korea, 360 Revolution, Jameson, JTI, Samsung, Kodak, Noumax, Abis Studio, Dacia, ALLTUR, Libraria Bastilia, Gens du Bien, Stage Expert, Lente, Hotel Moxa, La Mama, UPS, Today Advertising, Carter Films, Tipografia Everest, Kraftmark, Scala Pub.
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