Films from three countries compete for the main prize at the Neisse Film Festival: Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. The German film "Altri Cannibali" can win it this year. Meanwhile, the festival's honorary award goes to a "great contemporary actress".
The German film "Altri Cannibali" ("Other Cannibals") by Francesco Sossai received the main prize worth 10,000 euros at the Neisse Film Festival in the border triangle of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. The jury had to choose between three feature films from each of these three countries and also presented the award winner with the "Neisse Fish" sculpture on Saturday evening.
"Through its dialogues, its authentic production design and the impressive camera work, this film creates contrasting emotions that evoke almost unbearable feelings. The extremely original, thought-provoking and surprising storytelling takes the viewer through many unexpected levels and combines completely new emotions," it said for justification. Walter Giroldni was honored for his performance in "Altri Cannibali" as best actor.
The Polish film "Gdy kwiaty nie milcza" ("If the flowers are not silent") was awarded the best documentary film. Director Andrei Kutsila received prize money of 5,000 euros. The prize for the best short film (1000 euros) went to "Puszcza: Dyptyk" ("Primeval Forest: Diptych") from Poland. The festival awarded its honorary prize to Katharina Thalbach. "Associated with theater and film, the little woman is one of the great actresses of the present and has intensively shaped the stage and screen in this country," it said.
In its 19th edition, the film festival showed around 90 productions in three competitions and various series. In addition, events such as concerts, a reading and exhibitions complete the program. In addition to feature films, short films and documentaries were also shown at 23 locations in the region for six days. The festival was held under the motto "Family Affairs" and wanted to address the change in family concepts in Eastern and Western Europe.