OASIS awarded in Venice
14 September 2020
Dutch minority co-production OASIS by director Ivan Ikić and co-produced by Amsterdam-based Keplerfilm has won the Europa Cinemas Label Award in Venice.
Oasis world premiered in the Venice Days competition. The jury of Europa Cinemas issued the following statement:
"This is a beautifully made and poetic film, the stand out film in the Giornate this year, and our unanimous choice as winner of the Europa Cinemas Label here in Venice. Ivan Ikić's OAZA/OASIS is tender and deeply moving but also a raw and brutal look at the lives and loves of a group of young people with disabilities in a state run home in Serbia. The director treats his amateur actors with delicacy and total respect. They reward him with remarkably strong naturalistic performances. The screenplay is perfectly structured and the cinematography provides beautiful, memorable images. This is a film that needs to be seen on the big screen. Perhaps the best endorsement from us is that we are all looking forward to seeing the film again as soon as possible."
Upon her arrival at an institution for people with mental disabilities, Maria becomes fast friends with the equally fiery Dragana. When it becomes clear that they are both in love with the more withdrawn Robert, their relationship is upset and gradually grows into a dangerous game of hide-and-seek to win him over. Condemned to a lifetime of hiding away from society, the three teenagers' profound longing for independence and human connection takes hold. Driven by their newfound feelings of desire and jealousy, their impulsive actions topple the delicate balance preserved by the institution's stifling rules and spill over into confrontation and desperate measures to find any way out.
Set in an actual institution and featuring its young residents in their first ever attempt at acting, Oasis takes us into a world society looks away from, in order to tell a powerful story about what it means to be alive, needed and loved, and how life will always find a way to burst through the cracks.
Continue to read the SEE NL interview with Keplerfilm's Derk-Jan Warrink: https://international.eyefilm.nl/venice-netherlands-on-the-lido.html
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