The Swiss short film ‘Selfies’ wins the award for Best Film in the 44th edition of FILMETS Badalona Film Festival

27/10/2018

It is an animation film that criticises the need to photograph everything, and where life is pointless if it is not captured on a selfie, however absurd this may be

This year, the Closing Ceremony: la Nit de les Venus has been a vibrating show, with the participation of the audience present at the Zorrilla Theatre

Selfies

‘Selfies’, an animated short running little more than 4 minutes, has won the Best Film award at FILMETS Badalona Film Festival. It is a Swiss production written and directed by Claudius Gentinetta.

‘Selfies’ is a short film that sends a critical message towards our society today, where everybody feels the urge to photograph every moment to certify that what they experience is really happening. And, above all, it is a film where life appears pointless, in its positive as well as negative aspects, if it is not part of a selfie, however absurd this may be.

The 44th edition of FILMETS festival, running from 19 to 29 October, has lived tonight its highest moment with the Closing Ceremony: la Nit de les Venus, where the awards have been disclosed.

TV3 journalist Lídia Heredia has conducted the ceremony, broadcasted live by Televisió de Badalona, la Xarxa de Comunicació Local and on the internet. The gala, of one hour length, has been a show full of fun and rhythm, based on an idea by Edu Pericas Bosch and directed by Xavi Ricart. The actors Mònica Pérez, Jordi Ríos and Xavi Carreras have taken part. It has also had the participation of the audience at the Zorrilla Theatre.

Among the audience were the five members of the International Jury, Sílvia Quer, Jacopo Chessa, Javier Muñiz, Camille Hébert-Bénazet and Sophie Leclerc. Also other celebrities such as Núria Llorach, CCMA president in office and Francesc Pena, CEO at la Xarxa.

Other awarded short films

‘Bonobo’, Special Jury award

The Special Jury award has gone to the live action short film ‘Bonobo’, an 18-minute-long Swiss production written and directed by Zoel Aeschbacher. The short film tells the story of an elevator in a public housing that breaks down, causing the fates of three people to intertwine: Felix, a disabled pensioner, Ana, a single mother struggling with her move and Seydou, a young man passionate about dance.

‘Proch’, a documentary that wins the award to best direction

The Polish documentary ‘Proch’ has won the best direction award. The short shows all the stages that a dead body has to undergo; from the moment of death to the funeral.

Rachel Shenton, best actress for the Oscar-winner ‘The Silent Child’

Rachel Shenton is the winner of the Best Actress award for her role as a sign language teacher to a deaf 4-year-old girl. This short film has won the Oscar this year. The character played by Rachel Shenton wins over the girl’s confidence, triggering the mother’s envy.

Martin Drainville, best actor for ‘Trois pages’

Martin Drainville, who plays the main character in the film ‘Trois pages’ is the winner of the Best Actor award. ‘Trois pages’ is a Canadian production depicting an unassuming middle-aged accountant that learns he has only weeks to live. He will determine to use them to learn the three pages of a Bach adagio for piano.

‘Vilaine fille’, best animated film

The Turkish coproduction between France and Turkey ‘Vilaine fille’ has won the Best Animated film award. The film, running 8 minutes, shows an 8-year old Turkish girl who is at the hospital. As she is looking back on happy holidays in her grandparents’ village, dark and terrifying memories also emerge through her overflowing imagination.

210 short films in competition

In this year’s edition, 210 have been screened. Italy has been the guest country. From all the events at FILMETS special importance should be accorded to the Premi Honorìfic awarded to Ninetto Davoli, who was Pier Paolo Pasolini’s favourite actor. Also worth mentioning was the screening of ‘Pinocchio’, the 1911 film, which could be seen with the accompaniment of electronic music played live. Finally, also two special sessions are worth mentioning: the one paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of May 68 and the session dedicated to short films directed by Pasolini.

LIST OF 2018 AWARDS

FILMETS Badalona Film Festival 44th edition JURY’S VERDICT

Present in Badalona, the Official International Jury of the 44th edition of FILMETS Badalona Film Festival, composed by Sílvia Quer, Jacopo Chessa, Javier Muñiz, Camille Hébert-Bénazet and Sophie Leclerc have reached the following verdict:

– Venus de Badalona and 2,500 euros to the best film: SELFIES by Claudius Gentinetta – Suiza

– Venus de Badalona and 1,250 euros to the Special jury award: BONOBO by Zoel Aeschbacher – Switzerland

– Venus de Badalona and 1,000 euros – Audience award: VIACRUXIS by Ignasi Lopez – Catalonia

– Venus de Badalona and 750 euro to the best animated film: VILAINE FILLE by Ayce Kartal – France – Turkey

– Venus de Badalona and 750 euros to the best documentary: LOS DESHEREDADOS by Laura Ferrés – Catalonia

– Venus de Badalona and 1,000 euros to the best Badalona production: POR UNA PIEZA DE FRUTA by Sofía Denise Gómez Sombra – Catalonia

– Venus de Badalona and 750 euros to the best Catalan production: ETIQUETA NEGRA by David Vergés

– Venus de Badalona and 750 euro to the best Spanish production: CUÁNTO. MÁS ALLÁ DEL DINERO by Kike Maíllo

– Venus de Badalona and 750 euros to the best European production: PROCH by Jakub Radej – Poland

– Venus de Badalona to the best direction: PROCH by Jakub Radej – Poland

– Venus de Badalona to the best actress: RACHEL SHENTON (The Silent Child) from United Kingdom

– Venus de Badalona to the best actor: MARTIN DRAINVILLE (Trois pages) from Canada (Quebec)

– Venus de Badalona to the best soundtrack: ERIK WEDIN (Belle à croquer) from France