DOCVILLE 2014: WINNING FILMS!
Jury award for best International documentary: Happiness (Thomas Balmès)
(Honorable mention Dal Profondo by Valentina Pedicini)
Con-Science award winner: Virunga (Orlando Von Einsiedel)
Jury award for best Belgian documentary: What About Eric? (Lennart Stuyck and Ruben Vermeersch)
(Honorable mention Desert Haze by Sofie Benoot)
BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY
First we have an honorable mention for DAL PROFONDO.
With remarkable powerful imagery we descend into the underworld.
A place where it's almost impossible to film,
yet the director succeeds in triggering our imagination.
The winning film, on the other hand, takes us to higher grounds.
Deep in the Himalayan mountains we find ourselves in an isolated world, where time didn't effect the culture.
With the introduction of television and internet, everything is about to change.
Two wonderful characters take us on a journey through time.
The beautiful & consistent photography still leaves room for the unexpected.
HAPPINESSS is truly a bright cinematic experience.
CON-SCIENCE AWARD WINNER
As far as this jury could judge by the selection it was presented, there seems to exist a tacit understanding among documentary filmmakers that any critical artistic and journalistic discourse on the chaos of today's world must deal with subjects like the looming ecological disaster, unchecked corporate and political power, the conflicts they engender and the often high collateral damage they inflict on ordinary people. In one way or another all movies in this selection deal with these issues and with the way they are interconnected, and thus are characterized by a sense of urgency and a need for commitment.
Hence the ConScience Award had to go to the filmmaker who succeeded in transforming the abstract pattern of a global conflict into a gripping, urgent, under-reported and human story, that clearly marks what is at stake in a visual style and language that catches all relevant and often difficult to predict developments of its subject in a coherent and moving film. The jury had a long and intense discussion, which as such already illustrates the impact of this documentary, and finally decided with a majority of votes to attribute the Docville ConScience Award to Orlando von Einsiedel for his movie Virunga.