Courtisane 2012 awards

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Courtisane logoThe 11th edition of the Courtisane Festival for film, video and media art closed on Sunday 25 March 2012. 

At the award ceremony, the festival jury − Gabriel Abrantes (PT/US, filmmaker and artist), Marina Gioti (GR, filmmaker and artist) en Jeremy Rigsby (CA, programme director Media City Film Festival - Canada) − announced the winner of the film competition and two special mentions. Directly afterwards the winning works were shown again. 

The prize was awarded to filmmaker Nicolas Pereda for Entrevista con la Tierra (MEX, 2010)

Ambivalently fiction and documentary, Entrevista con la Tierra traces the reverberant silhouette of absence: a child has died, leaving family, friends, and community to grasp at shadows, pursue solace through ritual, pretend nothing happened. Into this void, director Nicolas Pereda probes with questions and camera, enacting a search for reconciliation that speaks to a modern, autochthonous child. 

De jury over Entrevista con la Tierra 

We decided to choose this film for its proposal, which is prevalent in the entirety of the filmmakers work, which seeks to reinvigorate a social function in filmmaking, in art. It seeks to use fiction, documentary to build and support a small and geographically condensed group of people, exploring a mixture of their quotidian lives, their past myths and the fictions of their future, this is filmmaking that seeks out and manifests the need and actual use of culture, to link a group of people together in the pursuit of a future together. 

Special mentions: 

- Agatha by Beatrice Gibson (UK, 2012) 

Beatrice Gibson’s latest film Agatha is a psychosexual sci-fi about a planet without speech. Its narrator, ambiguous in gender and function, weaves us slowly through a mental and physical landscape, observing and chronicling a space beyond words. Based on a dream had by the radical British composer Cornelius Cardew.

- I Will Forget This Day by Alina Rudnitskaya (RU, 2011) 

“Filmed in Grisaille with a sober eye, Alina Rudnitskaya’s I Will Forget This Day is a wrenching portrait of waiting young women, whose decisions are not always willfully made”. (Andréa Picard)