Award Winners at Minimalen 2015
Best Nordic Film: Trophy + 1.000 Euro from Minimalen
This film hits you right in the guts, both thematically and emotionally, by forcefully describing a very important topic. The director uses a rough yet intimate formal language to bring us up close to people living on the edge in Europe's backyard; a small community of male refugees who have made it to Greece, but lives in a limbo where both the hope of a better life and the memories of their home country are distant dreams. The film's point of view shows the vulnerability of the refugees' situation from within, and the use of footage from cell phone cameras and telephone conversations creates an intimacy that yields strong compassion and empathy for the characters in the film.
Best Nordic Animation or Art Film: Trophy
This film relates a strong and delicate recollection. The director has found a powerful expression for the cinematic journey between past and present. The technical and visual style of the animation brings to life the memories of a dramatic event that the main character cannot forget. The film creates a unique universe that is both tender and brutal, and that is able to brilliantly balance the narrative gravity with visual ingenuity.
Best Nordic documentary: Trophy
This film approaches an important issue, quietly and forcefully. We hear five women tell us the stories of their abortions. Their reflections are honest and open, and it reminds us of all the individual lives that are touched by this choice. The film also circles around how things could have been different, and thus creates multiple ways of understanding the stories. The visual style is careful yet expressive, and gently emphasizes the existential dilemmas that are present in each and every one of the women's situations.
Best Nordic Fiction Film: Trophy
What does it mean to see' This formally accomplished film returns to this simple yet important question in a number of ways by challenging both our gaze as audience and the characters' view of themselves and their surroundings. The film is about a young woman who finds her identity through the lens of a camera her newly deceased grandfather left behind. The director begins with this simple starting point and weaves a visual portrait that allows the main character's development – and it's concretization though the camera – to create beautiful visual metaphors and to intertwine the bonds between three generations in a little family where many things have gone unsaid. The director manages to say something about what is inside by focusing on appearances, and proves herself as an impressive director of actors.
Brilliant young actors bring life and authenticity to this conventional coming of age story centered on 'the first kiss', with the director's sensibility adding a somber note to the harsh realities of adolescence.
Jury for the Nordic and the Norwegian Competition: Juhani Alanen, Karsten Meinich and Cecilie Bjørnaraa.