Tampere adore La Vie sexuelle de mamie
– Ce documentaire animé franco-slovène par Urška Djukić et Émilie Pigeard a gagné au festival finlandais du court métrage le Grand Prix international
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After returning to an on-site format following pandemic-related disruption, the 52nd edition of the Tampere Film Festival came to a close this weekend with a diverse range of films receiving accolades.
In the International Competition, the Grand Prix went to the animated documentary Granny’s Sexual Life (Slovenia/France) by Urška Djukić and Émilie Pigeard. Triggered by the revealing way in which one of their granddaughters dresses, the film follows four elderly women who reflect on their memories of the old times when they themselves were young, and how different the relationships between men and women were back then. The jury said that the film provided “powerful, symbolic imagery that offers visibility to the unspoken, brutal truth of domestic violence against women. It gives voice to those who rarely share their pain – members of the older generation who have courageously told their personal experiences.”
The Tampere Short Film Candidacy for the 2022 European Film Awards went to Anssi Kasitonni’s experimental fiction Le Saboteur (Finland), which enjoyed its world premiere at the gathering. The jury said: “An homage to the classical European action film, [this short] reminds us why we love cinema, and it celebrates the playfulness and the craft behind it.”
Bestia by Hugo Covarrubias (Chile) won Best Animation, and Best Documentary went to Blind Spot by Lotfi Achour (Tunisia/France). Best Fiction was awarded to Dania Bdeir’s Warsha (France/Lebanon). The international jury consisted of Liisa Holmberg, Lauma Kaudzīte, Nicolas Khabbaz, Luca Tóth and Edo Wulia.
Heartless by Haukur Björgvinsson (Iceland) won the Best Genre Film Award in the Generation XYZ competition, organised in collaboration with US production company XYZ Films, Film Tampere and Audiovisual Producers Finland – APFI. The movie is a subtle sci-fi piece set in a society where people are assigned a new spouse by lottery every seven years. Mikko Aromaa, Annick Mahnert and Ilja Rautsi were the members of the Generation XYZ jury.
In the National Competition’s under-30-minute category, the Main Prize was awarded to Fardosa (Finland/UK) by Rukia Mahamed, Iqlaas Osman and Anton Tammi. The coming-of-age tale is a collaboration between its co-stars Rukia Mahamed and Iqlaas Osman – first-time actors, writers and filmmakers – and director Tammi.
The Main Prize in the over-30-minute category was awarded to Susanna Helke’s documentary Ruthless Times: Songs of Care [+lire aussi :
interview : Susanna Helke
fiche film] (Finland). The jury found the film, a documentary portraying the privatisation of the elderly care sector in Finland, to be an “urgent and truthful film [that] addresses an incredibly relevant topic for all generations”. The National Competition jury consisted of Wisam Elfadl, Kati Sinisalo and Niels Putman.
Finnish broadcasting company Yle, the City of Tampere, the Tampere Film Festival and Audiovisual Producers Finland – APFI presented a new prize, the Sustainability Award Verso, for the first time at the Tampere Film Festival. The award, the purpose of which is to promote responsible practices and sustainable development within the film industry, was handed to the production team behind Arctic Utopias, directed by Ville Koskinen, Daniela Toma, Svetlana Romanova and Daniel Aguirre.
As for the Audience Awards, the international one went to the documentary Pink Rider by Matti Kinnunen (Sweden), an intimate and personal reflection on working conditions in the 21st century, as seen through the eyes of a bike delivery person. A documentary also scooped the national prize – namely, the feature-length title Golden Land by Inka Achté (Finland). The film follows a man who decides to swap his family’s safe but boring life in the Nordics for Somaliland, a self-declared state in East Africa. The Generation XYZ Audience Award was won by Primal Therapy by Santtu Salminen (Finland), which sees a middle-aged man on the verge of a burnout seeking new energy through a special form of self-help therapy.
The full list of winners is as follows:
International Grand Prix
Granny’s Sexual Life – Urška Djukić and Émilie Pigeard (Slovenia/France)
Bestia – Hugo Covarrubias (Chile)
Blind Spot – Lotfi Achour (Tunisia/France)
Warsha – Dania Bdeir (France/Lebanon)
Tampere Short Film Candidate for the 2022 European Film Awards
Le Saboteur – Anssi Kasitonni (Finland)
International Audience Award
Pink Rider – Daniel Aguirre (Sweden)
Under 30 Minutes
Fardosa – Rukia Mahamed, Iqlaas Osman and Anton Tammi (Finland/UK)
The Human Torch – Risto-Pekka Blom (Finland)
Goodbye Tornio – Emilia Hernesniemi (Finland)
Prize of the Youth Jury
In Dreams – Pete Riski (Finland)
Tampere Nominee for the European Short Film Audience Award
Summer of Bees – Ida-Maria Olva (Finland)
Over 30 Minutes
Ruthless Times: Songs of Care [+lire aussi :
interview : Susanna Helke
fiche film] – Susanna Helke (Finland)
Invisible Demons – Rahul Jain (India/Finland/Germany/USA)
Awards for all national films
Risto Jarva Prize
Rabobesto – Or How I Saved a Monster – Mari Mantela (Finland)
Sustainability Award Verso
Arctic Utopias – Ville Koskinen, Daniela Toma, Svetlana Romanova and Daniel Aguirre (Finland)
Summer of Bees – Ida-Maria Olva
The Church Media Foundation Prize
Ruthless Times: Songs of Care – Susanna Helke
Golden Shade Equipment Rental Prize For Cinematographer
Tuomo Hutri, Saumyananda “Somo” Sahi, Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva – Invisible Demons
Summer of Bees – Ida-Maria Olva
National Audience Award
Golden Land – Inka Achté (Finland)
Award for Best Genre Film
Heartless – Haukur Björgvinsson (Iceland)
Swallow – Mai Nakanishi (Taiwan/Japan)
A Fairy Tale – Zoé Arene (Belgium/France)
Generation XYZ Audience Award
Primal Therapy – Santtu Salminen (Finland)
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