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“Digger” by Georgis Grigorakis and “The Calming” by Song Fang win the Art Cinema Awards at the Berlinale

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On Saturday 29th of February, the juries of the International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas (CICAE) at the 70th Berlinale announced the winning films of the Art Cinema Award: “Digger” by Georgis Grigorakis of the Panorama section and “Ping Jing” (The Calming), by Song Fang in the Forum section.
The CICAE Prize is awarded at prominent international film festivals in the world and the Art Cinema Award label aims to support and promote independent films whose artistic qualities, creative performance and values can impact the audience internationally.
“The arthouse cinemas see themselves as partners of the creative filmmakers, who show us with talent and sensitivity what the 7th art is capable of. The CICAE AWARDS symbolize the close partnership and collaboration between film festivals and arthouse cinemas. The CICAE AWARDS are a declaration of love to those who have impressed us in an outstanding way with their cinematic works at the 70th Berlinale. We will work to ensure that the award-winning films can be seen on the big screen worldwide. Congratulations to the CICAE AWARD winners”, says Christian Bräuer, president of the CICAE.
During the 70th Berlinale, the CICAE juries, made up of Kevin Beck (Scala Programmkino, Lüneburg, Germany) Casper Houtmann (Chassé Cinema, Breda, Netherlands) and Tamara Viskovic (Centar Slatna Vrata, Split, Croatia) for Panorama; and Ariane Hofmann (Mal Seh’n Kino, Frankfurt, Germany), Aliki Kalagasidu (Kinodvor, Ljubljana, Slovenia) and André Soto (ALC Cinéma Saint-Exupéry, Marignane, France) for Forum, were invited to select the best arthouse title among the rich programs offered this year by the new festival selection teams.
Panorama jurors decided to award Digger, by Georgis Grigorakis, for: “The movie shows a very personal father-son story and contains a variety of social issues. For instance, the interaction of international capital in a rural community rooted in nature. The traditional way of live is threatened resulting in tension on a personal and communal level.
The strength of the film is that the director provides different perspectives on the theme without judging. It layers tragedy and comedy with ease, and it has universal quality that is emotionally and thematically close to audiences throughout the world.
Contributing to the quality of the film is the high level of cinematography.
We believe this film has all the distinguishable characteristics for the CICAE label and unanimously award the CICAE Panorama Jury price to Georgis Grigorakis.
The statement of the Forum jury, which awarded the CICAE prize to Ping Jing by Song Fang, is " The jury unanimously voted for Ping Jing (The Calming), a perfectly accomplished film. The scenario is well constructed, the framing and the photography are perfect, the subject universal. The filmmaker presents through a probable autobiography the possibility to gently overcome painful trials. Certainly, nothing never really disappears, but everything evolves and changes over time. On the basis of this paradigm, if one wants to, it is possible to reconstruct oneself and give meaning to one´s existence through the triptych of relationship with oneself, others and the world."
Our heartfelt thanks go to the members of the CICAE jurys and the whole team of the Berlinale.
For more information on the awarded films:

The Panorama jury awarding "Digger"; the Forum Jury with the producer of "Ping jing"; the CICAE Award


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