Swiss films triumph at Bavarian festival
The Swiss-French fiction film “Sister” by Ursula Meier was the main winner at this year’s Five Lakes Film Festival. Further major awards of this festival near the Bavarian capital of Munich were presented to the Swiss film productions and coproductions “Mangrove,” “Summer Games” and “Vol spécial.”
Swiss films emerged victorious at the 6th Five Lakes Film Festival in Bavaria (July 26 - August 5, 2012). Ursula Meier’s film “Sister,” which won a Silver Bear at the Berlinale, was honoured with the Five Lakes Film Award, the festival’s main award endowed with EUR 5,000. The fiction film “Mangrove” by Frédéric Choffat and Julie Gilbert won the Young Generation Award, endowed with EUR 1,500, while Rolando Colla’s “Summer Games” won the award for Best Screenplay, presented for the first time this year and endowed with EUR 2,000. Fernand Melgar’s documentary film “Vol spécial” was honoured with the Horizon Film Award, also endowed with EUR 2,000.
Enthusiasm for Ursula Meier’s “Sister”
The jury’s statement for the Five Lakes Film Award was as follows: “ “Sister” is a film about
blatant social differences, about the poor and rich, about those at the top and those at the bottom, symbolised by the mountain on which wealthy skiers amuse themselves, and the valley in which ordinary people live. […] “Sister” a powerful, stirring, consistently surprising film which not only deserves this award, but also leaves a lasting impression with the audience.” The theatrical release of the film in Germany is scheduled for November 8 (distributor: Arsenal).
Locarno, August 6, 2012