On its 35 anniversary the 2009 Ecumenical Jury awards its Prize to
Looking for Eric
by Ken Loach
United Kingdom, 2009
For its great artistic quality and it’s humoristic, optimistic and humanist approach of the crisis faced by contemporary society. The film portrays values that are often under fire today such as friendship, solidarity, the importance of family and dialogue towards oneself and the other. Which the mythical Cantona summarizes in one sentence: “The best action I remember is not a goal but an assist”.
And a Commendation to
Members of the 2009 Jury (Interfilm & SIGNIS): Radu Mihaileanu, President, France; Serge Molla, Switzerland; Alina Birzache, Romania; Federico Pontiggia, Italy; Claudette Lambert, Canada; Jean-Michel Zucker, France
Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon)
by Michael Haneke
A profound film of beautiful formal and cinematographical craft that moved all of us, reminding us to beware of the symptoms of our inner violence that also breeds social and political violence.
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