by Abdon FLORES
The International Festival of Environment Film reaches its 33th edition, a major achievement since this festival, sponsored by the Île-de-France region, is one of those rare film festivals which are free. There is a reason for this: being the environment a main concern in our era, it’s mandatory to sensitize people about the environmental issues that endanger our society. The festival is a luxurious trip to the heart of environmentalism inasmuch as its many topics and deep research.
From April 5th through the 12th a hundred films and web documentaries from around the world were screened in the mythical Cinéma de Cinéastes. Topics like water management, waste disposal, and biodiversity were the core of the festival, while a special focus was given this year to Brazil. The opening ceremony was enlightened by Ouragan, a Franco-Belgian production tracking the path of hurricane Alicia since its birth, as a sand storm in Senegal, until its death in the American Midwest. A powerful film in 3D, showing the relevance these meteors have in the ecological system of the world.
La supplication, by Pol Cruchten, won the Grand Prix of the festival. Based on Svetlana Alexievitch’s book, it gathers a series of contemporary witnesses on the Tchernobyl nuclear disaster. The Best Documentary prize was for the American director Michael Matheson Miller’s Poverty, Inc. a concise work on how poor countries are immersed in a vicious cycle that renders poverty almost a system. Other prizes comprise:
Fiction: Home guards, by Krisztina Goda; Hungarian National Film Fund.
Short film for children: La soupe au caillou, by Clémentine Robach; Les films du Nord.
Web documentary: En son âme et conscience; Studio Hans Lucas.
Short film: Adieu pan, by Pierre Denoits; Le Grec.
Short documentary: Quiet zone, by David Bryant & Karl Lemieux; ONF Canada.
Medium length documentary: Une douce révolte, by Manuel Poutte; Next Film Distribution.
Special prize: Resurreción, by Eugenio Polgovsky; Tecolote films and Anuktatop la Métamorphose by Nicolas Pradal & Pierre Selvini; Chercheurs d’Autres.
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