9th 25 FPS Presents Award-Winning Films
The competition programme of the 9th 25 FPS Festival screened 26 films. Two juries decided on their favourites – an international jury and the critics' jury. Each member of the international jury presented individual awards to the best films in the programme. The jury consisted of: Beatrice Gibson, British filmmaker and double winner of Rotterdam's Tiger Award, Takashi Makino, Japanese filmmaker and representative of the new generation of Japanese independent directors, also a double 25 FPS award winner, and Laida Lertxundi, Spanish filmmaker inspired by the American West Coast tradition. The critics' jury consisted of journalist and film critic Velimir Grgić, film and theatre critic, independent researcher and writer Nino Kovačić, and film critic Stipe Radić.
This is how the INTERNATIONAL JURY decided:
Grand Prix – A Thousand Suns, Mati Diop
Special mention – DUBHOUSE: Experience in Material 52, Kei Shichiri and Ryoji Suzuki
Grand Prix - DUBHOUSE: Experience in Material 52, Kei Shichiri and Ryoji Suzuki
Special mention – Reconnaissance, Johann Lurf
Grand Prix – Flower, Naoko Tasaka
Special mention – A Thousand Suns, Mati Diop
The CRITICS' JURY presented the Critics' Award and two special mentions:
Critics' Award – Buffalo Death Mask, Mike Hoolboom
Special mention – Autofocus, Boris Poljak
Special mention – Between Regularity and Irregularity, Masahiro Tsutani
"Buffalo Death Mask proves the valuable potential of a cinematic expression that resists clichés and directly transposes the most painful human experience, the loss of a loved one," said the critics' jury.
Autofocus won them over with a simple film concept that is also a voyeuristic show full of beauty and bizarre of the everyday life. They see Poljak's film as an ingénue human comedy bout automatic heritage consumption, a meditation on the narcissism and small interrelations of power.
Between Regularity and Irregularity by Masahiro Tsutani is, by their opinion, a piercing audiovisual experience of exciting rhythm exchanges, inseparable from a powerful background, synaesthesia par excellence!
AUDIENCE AWARD of the 9th 25 FPS Festival went to A Thousand Suns by Mati Diop.
The organisers and programmers of the festival, Sanja Grbin and Marina Kožul, presented the Green DCP Award to Autofocus by Boris Poljak with the explanation: "The film won us over with their visual concept and a killer sentence by one of the protagonist that we saw too much of culture. We believe that film culture of Boris Poljak, as well as cultural in general, is something we can never have enough of."
Title photo: Marina Kožul, Beatrice Gibson and Mati Diop
Films Dubhouse, A Thousand Suns and Autofocus Take Home Most 9th 25 FPS Prizes
After the screening of the seventh competition programme of the ninth 25 FPS Festival, the members of the international jury announced the winners of Grand Prix and special mentions. The main awards went to the films A Thousand Suns by Mati Diop, DUBHOUSE: Experience in Material no. 52 by Kei Shichiri and Ryoji Suzuki, Flower by Naoko Tasaka and Buffalo Death Mask by Mike Hoolboom. The festival organisers awarded the Green DCP Award to Autofocus by Boris Poljak. A part of the 9th 25 FPS programme is hosted on 30 September and 1 October at Rijeka's Art Cinema Croatia. The screening of the award-winning films of the 9th 25 FPS Festival, an international event dedicated to experimental, innovative, independent and art film, will be held on Saturday, 5 October, at Tuškanac cinema. Information about all the award-winning films and jury explanations will be available in the post to come.
Title photo: filmmakers Kei Shichiri, Mati Diop, and Damir Čučić, producer of Autofocus
A Thousand Suns Wins the 9th 25 FPS Audience Award
Beatrice Gibson's Grand Prix winner and the winner of Laida Lertxundi's Special Mention won the hearts of the audience as well at the recently closed 9th 25 FPS Festival. The film is A Thousand Suns by Mati Diop, exploring the personal and common heritage left by the live-action film Touki Bouki, made in 1972 in Dakar by the author's uncle Djibril Diop Mambéty.
Sunday at 25 FPS: Takashi Makino, Croatian Reflexes and Sergei Parajanov
The final day of the ninth edition of 25 FPS in Zagreb begins at 1pm with the famous film riddle Zorn’s Lemma by Hollis Frampton from Kratka baza programme and continues at 4pm with Jury Presents: Takashi Makino, in which the Japanese filmmaker presents two of his works – No is E (2006) and 2012. It is a well-known fact that Makino is an artist obsessed with the moving image and this selection perfectly illustrates two of his other concerns – achieving the impression of three-dimensionality with the aid of various effects and transformation of viewing into a physical experience.
Croatian cinema is the star of the Reflexes programme, continuing on Sunday, 6pm, with the latest works by Vladislav Knežević, Fokus Group from Rijeka, Marko Tadić, Dalibor Barić, Ramljak-Škobalj directing duo and Ivan Ladislav Galeta (click on programme + right + scroll down), which will show that the spirit of experimentation is particularly alive in Croatian film. The best film from the Reflexes programme, the winner of the Green DCP Award will be decided by 25 FPS. The festival ends at 11pm with Kino 23 and its masterpiece The Colour of Pomegranate by Armenian filmmaker Sergei Parajanov, followed by an after party at &TD for the most persistent ones.
Title photo: Binary Pitch, dir. Vladislav Knežević
Competition 7: Spaces Which Can Recall Their Past Lives and the award ceremony
The competition section of 25 FPS Festival ends on Sunday at 8pm with a screening of Competition 7: Spaces Which Can Recall Their Past Lives. The programme includes the last Croatian competition entry The Tiniest by Tomislav Šoban and DUBHOUSE: Experience in Material no. 52, which will be presented by one of the authors. The said programme also features A Radiant Life by Meryll Hardt that explores and analyses Le Corbusier’s work and ideas about an ideal city. Odes to Film, before Competition 7, will present Impressions from the Upper Atmosphere by the Spanish virtuoso of hand-painted film, José Antonio Sistiaga.
Stay with us after the screenings at the award ceremony. Each member of the international jury will give one Grand Prix and the Critics’ Award and Audience Award will be announced also. On Saturday, after Competitions 5 and 6, the audience preferred Ana Hušman’s Postcards and Mike Hoolboom’s Buffalo Death Mask.