INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

 



The world’s richness and diversity has always been reflected in cinema. Can we be enlightened, enraged, driven to action, moved to pity and entertained, all without moving from the comfort of our seat in the main auditorium at La Comète in Châlons-en-Champagne? The answer is of course that we can, and cinema is the vehicle for this opportunity. While men will inevitably take to the battlefield, cinema allows us—with heightened awareness—to capture, take in and better understand the evils of our world. The scripted images of the big screen allow the audience to react in a more powerful, humane way than when faced with the barrage of images streamed at them by the news media. Cinema provides the essential missing link. Every film, whether fiction or documentary, is the work of an author; it expresses a vision, a voice. This is where our paths cross, embarking on the journey for the second time. Through the artist’s eyes, cinema succeeds in describing the indescribable: wars, conflicts and the catastrophes they lead to, with the full range of human emotions—from despair to hope…

Whether German, American, British, Australian, Egyptian, Estonian, Israeli or Norwegian; whether portraying the riots in Belfast, war correspondents at the heart of a conflict, regional rifts within Caucasia, the bravery of soldiers in Afghanistan, the encounter between two soldiers, one Chinese and one Australian, in Singapore in 1942, a female soldier’s return from Iraq, the life of a Palestinian spy or the schizophrenic nature of Israel, with or without stars, with or without embellishments, real or fiction, this year’s competition pits 10 voices, 10 outlooks, 10 perspectives against one another.

Philippe Bachman
Stéphane Bergouhnioux


the 2014 official selection 


71’ (2013), by Yann Demange - UK

A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT (2013), by Erik Poppe - Norway/Sweden/Ireland

BOYS OF ABU GHRAIB (2013), by Luke Moran - USA

CANOPY (2013), by Aaron Wilson - Australia/Singapur

IN BETWEEN WORLDS (2014), by Feo Aladag - Germany

FORT BLISS (2014), by Claudia Myers - USA

SELF MADE (2013), by Shira Geffen - Israel

TANGERINES (2013), by Zaza Urushadze - Estonia/Georgia

THE GREEN PRINCE (2014), by Nadav Shirman - Germany/UK

THE SQUARE (2013), by Jehane Noujaim - Egypt

 

 THE AWARDS

- THE GRAND JURY PRIZE, AWARDED TO THE MOST MEANINGFUL MOTION PICTURE

- THE SPECIAL MENTION OF THE JURY, AWARDED FOR SOME OUTSTANDING FEATURE OF A PARTICULAR FILM

- THE BEST DIRECTOR AWARD


The public will also have their chance to awar their favourite film with the AUDIENCE PRIZE by voting at the end of the screening

 






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