Double Honors for HANDS OF A MOTHER
HOUSE WITHOUT ROOF and DINKY SINKY Best Production and Screenplay
Jessica Schwarz and Andreas Döhler in HANDS OF A MOTHER
Today, Friday, July 1, rising German filmmaking talents were awarded the coveted German Cinema New Talent Award at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN. The jury – Nicole Gerhards, Dietrich Brüggemann and Johann von Bülow – gave two of four prizes to HANDS OF A MOTHER: Florian Eichinger was voted Best Director, Andreas Döhler Best Actor. There will be a special Screening of the award-winner July 2nd, 5 pm at Rio 2.
Döhler plays a father in Eichinger’s third feature film, who suddenly recalls being abused by his mother. The jury called it “a film which made us hold our breath, and nevertheless shows a way out of hoplessness.”
The Award for Best Production went to Jana Raschke and Igor Dovgal for HOUSE WITHOUT ROOF, in which director Soleen Yusef tells the story of three siblings’ odyssey trying to fulfill their mothers’ last wish and take her to be buried in their village in Kurdistan. A film “which impresses us with its truthfulness, making us laugh with its light touch and laconic humor, and which leaves us speechless with its sadness and the suffering of people in this war-torn part of the world,” said the jury.
DINKY SINKY won the award for best screenplay. In her graduating film at Munich film school HFF, writer-director Mareille Klein tells the story of a woman who does everything to fulfill her wish for children.
The German Cinema New Talent Award is one of the most important and valuable new talent awards in Germany. Carrying a purse of 70 000 Euros, it is donated by Bavaria Film, Bayerischer Rundfunk and DZ Bank. All directors, writers and actors in the New German Cinema section are eligible who have not made more than three films, or six in the case of producers.
The German Cinema New Talent Award Winners 2016
BEST DIRECTOR (30 000 Euros)
Florian Eichinger for HANDS OF A MOTHER
The Jury: We watch with bated breath as a well-kept family secret is unearthed layer by layer. A mother who has caused her children unfathomable pain by abusing them, and a father who was too weak to protect them. An experience so painful our hero could only deal with it by denial – until an excellently portrayed denouement throws his well-ordered life for a loop. A story of pain so great and so credible, it takes an especially finely honed storyline to capture all its characters’ intelligent psychology, with precise direction in every scene. A film which made us hold our breath, and nevertheless shows a way out of hoplessness.
HANDS OF A MOTHER was produced by Kinescope Film GmbH in coproduction with Bergfilm GbR and ZDF - Das Kleine Fernsehspiel
Written/directed by: Florian Eichinger
BEST ACTOR(10 000 Euros)
Andreas Döhler for HANDS OF A MOTHER
The Jury: Standing before the camera means stripping yourself bare, even if you leave your clothes on. The camera is ruthless. It can expose us humans in all our misery. What an achievement, what courage, to portray a character so miserable, while giving it an indomitable spirit and determination at the same time, which carries and propels the plot. A grown man, who was abused as a boy, which overshadows and paralyzes his whole life. A man who is still a boy, whose parents abused him terribly. A man who is almost crushed by all these revelations, but who prevails in the end with a few words and gestures.
BEST SCREENPLAY (10 000 Euros)
Mareille Klein for DINKY SINKY
The Jury: A woman who wants to get pregnant. Or: A couple who want to have a child, the couple doesn’t hold out for long – the man takes off, leaving the woman to wander through the movie, at once aimless and driven, with a sober gaze, who stumbles into every embarrassment with great elegance. Every character in this story has wishes and desires which we can read very clearly.
The screenplay doesn’t pussyfoot around the fact you can’t always get what you want, but sometimes you get what embarrasses you terribly – before your friends, yourself or the angry parents of a class who want to know why in hell their kids’ sports teacher is calculating their fertile days, for God’s sake.
DINKY SINKY was produced by luethje schneider hörl I FILM in coproduction with NORDPOLARIS, in collaboration with Bayerischer Rundfunk.
Written/directed by: Mareille Klein
BEST PRODUCTION (20 000 Euros)
Jana Raschke and Igor Dovgal for HOUSE WITHOUT ROOF
The Jury: Three siblings Jan, Alan and Liya, born in Iraqi Kurdistan, raised in Germany, have to travel to their Kurdish home town to fulfill their mother’s last wish of being buried there at their father’s side. A stirring film about family, home and belonging. With their partner Mehmet Aktas, and writer/director Soleen Yusef, producers Jana Raschke and Igor Dovgal made a powerful film with wonderful characters, whom we have the privilege of accompanying on their journey to Kurdistan, seeing old wounds break out again, long-held secrets suddenly come to light and estranged siblings bond together again. A journey to the heart of a family.
Working with modest means, under very difficult circumstances, the producers gave us a film of impressive veracity, of amusing light-handedness and laconic wit, and of a sadness with makes us speechless with all the pain the war in this part of the world is causing.
HOUSE WITHOUT ROOF was produced by mîtosfilm in coproduction with Essence Film, in collaboration with Südwestrundfunk and Arte.
Written/directed by: Soleen Yusef