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Oblivion by Heddy Honigmann

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12th Award for Heddy Honigmann’s film OBLIVION: Yamagata’s The Mayor’s Prize
Heddy Honigmann’s feature documentary OBLIVION has been awarded The Mayor’s Prize at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival; an outstanding achievement. The festival took place from October 8 – 15, 2009.

From the Yamagata jury rapport:

“Through truly delicate and sophisticated gestures Heddy Honigmann hands to us what is at the core of real ordinary people’s hearts, something that is unseen and in the process of generation. She is a rare filmmaker, who projects ‘things that are about to be forgotten’…The dirt or dust that falls upon color film stock – and delivers this to our eyes. We venture to call her a ‘miraculous filmmaker’. Together with all of you, we extend our thanks and respect to Miss Honigmann for something newly born.” 

In OBLIVION Honigmann travels to Peru, where she portrays some of the poorest but hardest-working citizens of Lima and its startling contrasts of wealth and poverty.

Following OBLIVION's premiere in September 2008 at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, the documentary received a dozen of important international awards, including the FIPRESCI prize at the Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Films (DOK Leipzig), the Prix Buyens-Chagoll at Visions du Réel, Nyon 2009, the Eurodok Distribution Award at the Eurodok Film Festival in Oslo, the prize for Best Director at the DOCNZ International Documentary Film Festival in New Zealand, the Special Jury Award at the Lima Film Festival 2009 and in the Netherlands the Crystal Film award for more than 10.000 tickets sold and the ‘Stimulans’ Price for Artistic Success 2008 from the Netherlands Film Fund.

OBLIVION has been released theatrically in major cities throughout the United States by Icarus Films. OBLIVION is produced by Carmen Cobos of Cobos Films in co-production with IKON and ZDF and in cooperation with ARTE. Films Transit International is handling the sales.

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival


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