Ecumenical Award at the Warsaw Festival 2017
Warsaw, October, 23rd, 2017 (SIGNIS/INTERFILM).The Ecumenical Jury, appointed by SIGNIS and INTERFILM, at the 33rd International Film Festival Warsaw awards its prize to the film Beyond Words, by Urszula Antoniak (Netherlands, Poland, 2017). The jury gives its award to the film to honour its high artistic quality. “The performance of the two principle actors and the impressive use of black and white photography stand out”, said the jurors. “The film creatively reflects on the global issue of migration and the complex relationship between Poland and Germany. It underlines the value of human dignity, and specifically the Christian concept of forgiveness.” The jury also gave a commendation to Rudar (The Miner) by Hanna Slak (Slovenia, Croatia, 2017). “The Miner is a multilayered story with great historic relevance”, says the Jury. “The script is well-developed and through its dramatic moments allows the viewer to identify deeply with the hero. It thrusts a strong takeaway message at the audience that sometimes the right thing to do is to go against what is accepted; sometimes the right thing to do is to disobey.” The members of the Jury are Heinz-Martin Krauss (Jury President, Germany), Charlotte Timmermanns (Belgium) and Witold Kawecki (Poland)
Start of the Warsaw film festival
Warsaw, October 13th, 2017 (SIGNIS). Today starts the 33rd Warsaw Film Festival (Poland). Every year, nearly 200 films attract more than 100,000 spectators. An ecumenical jury, appointed by SIGNIS and INTERFILM, will also be present. This year's jurors are Witold Kawecki, Heinz-Martin Krauss and Charlotte Timmermans. Witold Kawecki (Poland) is professor of theology in the field of cultural theology and journalism, and the head of the department of the Dialogue of the Faith and Culture of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. He is also the associate of Polish Radio and Television, member of the international expert committee "The Right to Culture" and president of the Cultural Competence Team of the Church at the National Cultural Center. Heinz-Martin Krauss (Germany) studied Theology and Romanistics in Göttingen, Barcelona, München as well as in San José/Costa Rica, before becoming a pastor. Since 2012, he has been a member of the ecumenical team “church and cinema” of the church of Bremen. As a member of INTERFILM, he participated in several ecumenical juries, including Kiev in 2011, Yerevan in 2013 and Miskolc in 2015. Charlotte Timmermans (Belgium) is the coordinator and editor of the monthly movie magazine Filmmagie (member of SIGNIS in Dutch-speaking Belgium) and organizes screenings for young people in the Antwerp region. After graduating with a Masters in Film Studies and Visual Culture, she worked on the programming of a film festival in Brussels. She participated in several international juries for SIGNIS. Last year, the ecumenical jury gave its award to the film Heartstone by Gumundur Arnar Gumundsson (Iceland / Denmark). For more information, and the list of films in competition, visit the official website of the festival.