The Winner of the World Cinema Amsterdam festival is the remarkable South African film Necktie Youth from Sibs Shongwe-La Mer. And a Special Mention for Deniz Gmaze Erguven's Mustang. See for more information and the programme the site of World Cinema Amsterdam festival. Below the jury report of this years edition of the festival.
by Patricia Pisters, Carlos M. Quintela & Felix de Rooy
The sixth World Cinema Amsterdam festival has presented a global avalanche of images and sounds that conjure up emotion and insight about the state of humanity through the eyes of talented filmmakers from all over the world. In that sense the value of this festival and of all the films presented in the program cannot be underestimated. The nine films in competition were all very strong, transporting us to different countries and regions; they moved us for many different reasons. We were struck by the political and emancipatory urgency and the empowering forms of resistance in many of the films. Migration between countries and within cultures between urban environments and countryside, as well as all kinds of social injustice are important recurring themes; many films show a younger generation that kicks against the status quo established by previous generations; with varying degrees of success. The jury was also impressed by the quality and variety of the cinematography of all the films in competition. Whether shot in bright colors, strong black and white, poetic light, static framing or fluid camera movements, all films were of remarkable quality and widened our scope of cultural differences and transnational and universal values.
Before announcing the winner, the jury would like to take the opportunity to highlight one of the other films in the competition program, which is a film about the untamable longing for freedom.