Award winners of Films From the South 2011

The Argentine road movie Las Acacias wins the Silver Mirror. The international FIPRESCI award goes to the Moroccan On the Edge, while the documentary award Doc:South goes to the Egyptian Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad & the Politician. Lebanese Where Do We Go Now? wins the audience award.

Av , foto: Ulf Hansen 17. okt 2011

The jury stated the following about the winner of the Silver Mirror, Las Acacias (Director: Pablo Giorgelli): 

«We would like to give the award to the Main Competition’s perhaps simplest film - but also the one that has affected the jury the deepest. Rarely has an encounter between a woman and a man been portrayed with greater tenderness, both nuanced and complex. A pearl of a roadmovie from Argentina.»

The winner of the international film critic FIPRESCI award is the Moroccan thriller On the Edge (directed by Leila Kilani). The film follows women who work on a factory at night and turn into gangsters at night. The FIPRESCI award goes to the best movie in the program section New Horizons, which shows films by first-and second time directors.

The award for best documentary, Doc:South, goes to the Egyptian documentary film Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad and the Politician. Three young Egyptian directors portrays the February days in Egypt in 2011, seen from three different angles. The jury called the film «a playful film with very authentic qualities. In a compelling way the film breaks with stereotyped storytelling. The filmmakers use humor when they present the political and human drama, and gives us a unique insider story about the events that the world followed for weeks. The film shows the courage of the people and a new generation that demands the right to influence their own future.»

– I am moved that Las Acacias, one of my festival favorites, wins the Silver Mirror 2011. This little love story reflects the film kiss from the south that I have tried to deliver to the festival audience in this year's program. That Nadine Labaki wins the audience award with Where Do We Go Now? is a wonderful end to a festival where the audience have flocked to the cinemas, says Lasse Skagen, artistic director at the Films From the South.