POSITION AMONG THE STARS wins Sarasota
Jury Statement: "The film gave us a portrait of an extended Indonesian family in the slums of Jakarta, but rather than another lament over the deadening effects of Third World poverty, this inventively photographed film creates a vast and complicated ecosystem, a bizarre codependence of families, fighting fish, and water bugs."
The film already won several awards, e.g. the Big Stamp Award for Best Film of the International Competition at the ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival in Croatia (February 27 – March 6), the World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival (January 20 – 30) and at IDFA (November 17-28, 2010) it picked up both the Award for Best Feature-length Documentary and for Best Dutch Documentary. In 2004/5 Dutch director Leonard Retel Helmrich had also won the main awards at IDFA and Sundance for SHAPE OF THE MOON. He is the first filmmaker ever to win IDFA and Sundance twice.
POSITION AMONG THE STARS is produced Hetty Naaijkens - Retel Helmrich for Scarabee Films and is represented worldwide by Films Transit. POSITION AMONG THE STARS has been released theatrically in The Netherlands by Cinema Delicatessen on March 3.
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