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Position Among the Stars by Leonard Retel Helmrich
Position Among the Stars

Position Among the Stars

For 12 years, film maker Leonard Retel Helmrich followed an Indonesian family from the slums of Jakarta and this resulted in the trilogy “Eye of the Day”, “Shape of the Moon” and “Position among the Stars”. Just as in the previous two parts, which received many international prizes, in the third part “Position among the Stars”, the maker shows us the underlying patterns of life in Indonesia. He presents that both literally and metaphorically with his revolutionary camera work, Single Shot Cinema (www.singleshotcinema.com), which Retel Helmrich invented him self. The Indonesian Sjamsuddin family is, in a way, a microcosm in which you can recognise the most important issues of life in Indonesia: corruption, conflict between religions, gambling addiction, the generation gap and the growing difference between poor and rich.

Directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich

Produced by:
Scarabeefilms, Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich

NL distributor: Cinema Delicatessen

Festivals & Awards

November 2010 - International Documentary Film festival Amsterdam
• IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary (International Competition)
• IDFA Award for Best Dutch Documentary
January 2011 Park City Sundance Film Festival (United States)  
World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Best Documentary
March 2011 ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival (Croatia) 
Big Stamp Award for Best Film of the International Competition 
April 2011 Sarasota Film Festival - Cine-World (United States)
Documentary Feature Competition Special Jury Prize
June 2011 Alba Film Festival
Best Long documentary
July 2011 Durban International Film Festival
December 2011 IDA Documentary Awards
Nomination IDA HUMANITAS Award
December 2011 European Film Awards
Nomination European Film Academy Documentary 2011 - Prix Arte 
January 2012 Cinema Eye Honors
Nominations for Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Direction, Cinemataography and Editing

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Sundance International Film Festival

Press Releases
09-09-2011  A Master of Impossible Camera Angles
04-05-2011  POSITION AMONG THE STARS wins Sarasota
11-10-2010  Position Among the Stars at IDFA 2010