Matthews Laws, 900 DAYS and SNAKE DANCE win in Nyon
1 May 2012
Two Dutch documentaries and one Dutch minority co-production have been awarded with several prizes at the International Documentary Film Festival VISIONS DU REEL.The festival took place in Nyon (Switzerland) from April 20 – 27, 2012.
MATTHEW’S LAWS, directed by Marc Schmidt, has won the Grand Prix for Best Documentary in the International Competition for Feature Length Documentary. The prize consists of CHF 20'000. The film also received a Special Mention from the Interreligious Jury for a feature film in the International Competition that sheds light on issues dealing with meaning and sense of direction of life.
The film tells about the friendship between the filmmaker and his autistic friend Matthijs. MATTHEW’S LAWS is produced by Basaltfilm, co-produced by NCRV (Dutch public Broadcasting).
Jury comments on MATTHEW’S LAWS: "With love and courage the filmmaker places us face to face with his childhood friend. This film crosses a border into the unknown and mysterious world of autism. MATTHEW’S LAWS gives us the opportunity to experience friendship and self-determination in the face of society’s demands from a unique point of view."
Comments from the Interreligious Jury: "The filmmaker faces his friend afflicted by autism in a sensitive way. He documents his situation by images full of respect which honestly show the director’s and the environment’s helplessness toward Matthijs."
900 DAYS, directed by Jessica Gorter has won the Prize of the Interreligious Jury for a feature film in the International Competition that sheds light on issues dealing with meaning and sense of direction of life. The prize consists of CHF 5'000. The film also received a Special Mention in the International Competition for Feature Length Documentary.
In 900 DAYS, survivors of the 2nd World War Siege of Leningrad finally dare to talk about their personal memories. The film is produced by Zeppers Film & TV and international sales agent for the film is Deckert Distribution.
Jury comments from the Interreligious Jury : "The film focuses in a multi-layered manner the siege of Leningrad in the Second World War. The filmmaker succeeds to show precisely and touching the opposite between individual memory of the contemporary witness and the exploited history by politics by means of an elaborated composition between sound and image. Individual destinies question the official sight towards the past and demonstrate the manipulation of humans and their memories."
Comments from the Jury of the International Competition: "900 DAYS unveils an episode of history from the perspective of everyday people who lived it. The filmmaker creates surprising connections between horror and humanity."
Dutch minority production SNAKE DANCE, directed by Manu Riche and Patrick Marnham, has won the Buyens-Chagoll Award for a film of humanist dimension focusing on stories developing values that confer meaning to the future of mankind. The prize consists of CHF 5'000.
The film is produced by Riche, Riche & Riche (Belgium) and co-produced by SohoMoon Pictures (Ireland), IDTV Docs (Netherlands). International sales is handled by Thank you & Good Night Productions.
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For more information:
Nyon International Film Festival VISIONS DU REEL: www.visionsdureel.ch
Simone van den Broek
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www.basaltfilm.nl / www.matthewslaws.com
Thank you & Good Night Productions (Belgium)
Genevieve De Bauw
Ph. +32 497536876