At the closing ceremony of CineDOC-Tbilisi 2014 our International jury awarded 5 documentaries from the International Competition and Focus Caucasus sections. In the CineDOC Young section our young audience voted for the best documentary for children and one film received the pubic award.
“The jury decided unanimously to award the best film of the international competition to a very challenging cinematic work in terms of content and form: a film that shows clearly the dramatic situation of a country crossed by an emerging wave of racism. with this award, the jury wants to highlight the civic courage of the filmmaker.”
The CineDOC award for the best film of the international competition goes to Judgement in Hungary by Hestzer Hajdu.
“The jury decided to give a special mention to a film that drives the spectator in the intimacy of two men facing the loneliness and the alcohol addiction; a film with a remarkable form and some moment of unforgettable emotion.”
The special mention of the international competition of cineDOC-tbilisi goes to Ne Me Quitte Pas by Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden.
“The film we choose is originally made and gives a unique insight into the lives and routines of 3 women working for a travelling blood donation centre. The filmmaker was able to give a view of the poor Russian countryside of contemporary Russian society while portraying unforgettable characters living absurdest, sad and funny moments at the same time. It’s an indirect critical image of the malfunctioning social system in Russia nowadays where donating blood is not an ethical deed but an economic necessity.”
The CineDOC award for the best film of Focus Caucasus goes to Blood by Alina Rudnitskaya.
“This film is a beautiful, straightforward and artistically very effective first-person-narrative about unchecked power of criminal state structures being directed against a decent, honest, brave and likable human being. It tells about human dignity in face of torture and degradation, the deep moral repugnancy of Russian ‘security’ forces and about the necessity for the free world to grant asylum to victims of political repression. In spite of the horrible conditions and events the film talks about, it conveys a message of hope and an inspiration for moral resilience.”
The special mention of Focus Caucasus of cineDOC-tbilisi goes to Zelim’s Confession by Natalya Mikhaylova.
“The film captures an unadorned life of one particular library, which is trying to survive, thus reveals the trivial reality of post-soviet existence. It is a beautifully and professionally made example of observational cinema, where the camera focuses not on individuals but on the institution thus gives us a picturesque image of the life of ordinary people who seemed to have been forgotten by everyone after their epoch collapsed. Ultimately the filmmaker offers us an ending where women library workers are celebrating and dancing, which emphasizes a victory of human spirit over any circumstances.”
The special mention of Focus Caucasus of cineDOC-tbilisi goes to Biblioteka by Ana Tsimintia.
Our special jury – the youth – gave the main award of this section to the film – The Barrel by Anabel Rodriguez Rios
The Public Prize
Our opening film – Do you believe in love? by Dan Wasserman has received the Public Prize.