German Cinema New Talent Award
The 2015 Winners
The German Cinema New Talent Award 2015 is sponsored by DZ Bank, Bavaria Film and Bayerischer Rundfunk. It carries a total purse of 70 000 Euros and goes to the best newcomers in the New German Cinema section in the categories of Director, Producer, Screenwriter and Actor
Sonja Ewers & Steve Hudson for HAPPY HOUR
A film that blew away the entire jury and was absolutely impressive in all levels.
A warmhearted constellation of 40+ friends on their journey of self-discovery to Ireland. It is the wild Irish landscape, the song, the drink but above all the refreshingly natural Irish women who lure them out of the confines of their daily routines and expectations.
This witty and wise comedy stands out because of its first-rate screenplay, perfect timing, a brilliant sense of humor, charm and marvelous camera work. A successful low-budget production through and through with a brilliant cast that will have great potential at the box office.
The award for Best Production goes HAPPY HOUR, directed Franz Müller and produced by Sonja Ewers and Steve Hudson of Cologne-based Gringo Films.
Visar Morina for BABAI
No lies. No posies. Not even a moment of narcissism. Not a wrong sound. The film forces us to cry – tears of rage, helplessness and mourning – and then casts us back into life full of hope, even more strength and especially responsibility. Responsibility for our lives. For life itself. The lives people live. With each other. BABAI is a masterpiece from a young master for whom we have great respect and gratitude.
Visar Morina for BABAI
When all the fears of failure finally disappear. The fear of not being good enough. Of being ostracized and alone. When all the wrong things don’t mean anything, a soft voice can be heard. Precious and shy. Relentless, not sugary in the least – but full of truth and love. BABAI is written in this voice from the very first to the very last line. It had us spellbound, moved and overwhelmed.
Val Maloku & Astrit Kabashi for BABAI
In their very first film roles, Val Maloku and Astrit Kabashi, as father and son in BABAI, convinced and moved us. How the son, like a small adult, confronts his father for leaving him, for betraying him by leaving for Germany without him, just ‘beat it’, is unforgettable. The father, on the other hand, is torn between his understandable desire for a new chance in life and his feelings for his son who forces him to take responsibility and fulfill his obligations as a father. Both of them perform so naturally, it is almost as if it was their own story. Through them, we understand what happens to people when their desire to live a normal life of self-determination remains unfulfilled and they have to struggle to make that wish come true. Val Maloku and Astrit Kabashi’ performances startled and touched us to the core.