Grand Prix des Festivals – Conseil de la Vallée d’Aoste
SAMUEL IN THE CLOUDS
by Pieter Van Eecke (Belgium)
The Jury deems this film an outstanding documentary work in equal measures for its cinematographic quality and its capacity to provoke a reflection on global warming, which each and every one of should do. In a very subtle way this film makes us experience nature’s evolution and the passing of things (not simply the ice but also certain ways of living – such as the protagonist’s).
Samuel’s simple yet profoundly spiritual bond with these mountains deeply impressed us.
The pace of this film and magnificent sense of framing succeeds in immersing the audience in Samuel’s world. Live life at one’s own pace, leave time for contemplation and wait for the snow, which is sure never to return…
Montagnes du monde Prize for best foreign film
by Daniel Mehrer and Andrew Becker (USA)
This film deals with a dispute between neighbours in a small mountain village, throwing light on the difficulties that arise when living together but also the welcoming of foreigners into society: particularly in isolated areas.
The protagonists of the film are profound and the woman’s wisdom moving. The film raises issues such as obsession, loneliness and isolation, but also courage, forgiveness and wisdom. Directing closely resembles that of a crime film, it could in fact be a work of fiction but it is not – and this is precisely what makes the film so powerful and moving. It is a documentary of immense purity. The director tackles this story through a very long process leading to the truth and a kind of appeasement.
Menzione speciale a
by Steven Schwabl (Canada)
The Jury wishes to dedicate a special mention to this film which honours humour and irony. Not only does it question the practice of mountaineering but life in general. A very original, surprising and unique film.
Montagne d’Italia Prize for best Italian film
by Cecilia Bozza Wolf (Italy)
This film tackles life in the mountains and aspects of social life at times encountered there. In this case the issues are conflicts that emerge within the family and the difficulty in accepting difference. This work cleverly depicts the strong relationships between the family members, delving deeply into family bonds to reach a time of reconciliation and understanding.
C.A.I. Prize for best film on mountaineering, climbing and exploration
RIDERS ON THE STORM
by Franz Walter (Germany)
CAI Prize for best film on mountaineering.
Despite not speaking about a new route or an absolute first ascent, repeating Riders On the Storm is still an incredible feat few alpinists manage even today. The style employed by the talented climbers (a roped party of two women) reflects the ethics and values of clean mountaineering – those advocated by CAI. What amazed the Jury more than the actual ascent of Torre Centrale del Paine, in Patagonia, was how Franz Walter’s film stands out for its photography and way in which it’s told, in our opinion very original.
SONY Prize for best photography
THE SOUND OF WINTER
by Tizian Büchi (Swizerland, Belgium)
This prize goes to the framing and lighting of this film which transforms everyday life into art.
Montagne tout court Prize for best short film
By Maude Plant-Husaruk e Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis (Canada)
An unusual character who witnesses the changes our planet is undergoing and the disappearance of plant species, but who is also a store of immense knowledge and great art.
The main character explores the plant world with curiosity and understands it with scientific precision. Equally magnificent is the artistic skill revealed in his drawings.
Firstly, this prize recognises the quality of the film directing but secondly the beauty of the subject dealt with.
Vallée d’Aoste Film Commission prize for best Valdostan film
by Alessandro Stevanon (Italy)
A wonderful documentary film shot with brilliance and refinement portraying an odd journey through life while depicting a typically Italian cultural institution.
Furthermore, the film also reveals the backstage of an artist’s life, with its spells of loneliness and doubt.