20th Edition: Independent International Film Festival Geneva Black Movie

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For its 20th year, the International Festival of Independent Films Geneva Black Movie has experienced exceptional attendance of 32,000 festival goers. 

A remarkable anniversary edition, which ended on 27 January Sunday evening especially rewarding documentary Of Fathers and Sons, the Syrian Talal Derki.

From 18 to 27 January, the Geneva public and international guests made up of 32, 000 moviegoers enjoyed the 106 films from 56 countries featuring films, documentaries and independent animated films in theaters Cinemas Rütli, the Sputnik, the Cinélux, Arditi and the Alhambra.

This year, a virtual room was inaugurated by the artist Cetusss on the Second Life grid, roundtables, conferences and Sleepless in Cercle des Bains met when with them a success.

The festival has had the honor to count on the presence of Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa, came for the first time in Geneva to present his documentary Victory Day. Distinguished spectators and spectators braved the eight-hour screening of the documentary Dead Souls by China's Wang Bing. Among the most popular films, the director José Cheng Li has captivated with the story of an impossible love between two men in Guatemala. World premiere, Gino and Mary Film Filipino Joselito Altarejos described in a striking manner the birth of a relationship between a young man and a mother on the clandestine filming of a pornographic film.

The documentary Mujer Nómade the Argentine Martín Farina discover the extraordinary personality of the philosopher Esther Diaz. Life and Nothing More of Mexican Antonio Méndez Esparza portrayed the life of a modest North American family on the eve of the election of Donald Trump. Entry point of the retrospective of the filmmaker Koji Wakamatsu Japanese sulfur, the biopic Dare to Stop Us directed by Kazuya Shiraishi captivated full houses. Then there are the full sessions of the Aurora movie Kyrgyz Bekzat Pirmatov and Imagined A Land of Singaporean Yeo Siew Hua.

 The programming and workshops of the Black Movie section charmed younger moviegoers, including the exclusive concert film composer Nathaniel Bergèse on the animated film The Tower along the Norwegian Mats Grorud.

The 2019 winners  

The Critics Prize, endowed with CHF 5,000 francs by the Department of Culture and Sport of the City of Geneva, was unanimously awarded to the documentary Of Fathers and Sons, the Syrian director Talal Derki. For the International Jury of the Critic, the film, shot in immersion in a jihadist family affiliated with Al Qaeda, is distinguished by its emotional force and the new perspective it offers on the situation in northern Syria. He also noted the courage of the filmmaker, who risked his life by pretending to be a supporter of the Islamic caliphate to bring a dizzying testimony of everyday life of this family.

The jury was composed of Cecilia Ermini (Italy), Tereza Fischer (Switzerland), Nicolas Gilson (Belgium), Akua Gyamfi (Great Britain) and Mike Naafs (Netherlands).

OF FATHERS AND SONS (Talal Derki, Syria)

The Price of Youth, worth CHF 1,000 with the Department of social cohesion and solidarity of the City of Geneva, awarded by a jury whose members are high school students II, is also attributed in of Fathers and Sons Talal Derki. Youth Jury evokes a shock film, and noted for its part the striking contrast between the love of a father for his children and the constant call to violence. He gives an honorable mention in Life and Nothing More film, directed by Antonio Méndez Esparza, for its theme, its implementation and its aesthetics.

The Price Payot Black Movie, worth CHF 1,000, returns to birdlime Canadian Film Evan DeRushie. The jury Mirjana Farkas Oana Lacroix and Nicolas welcomes Rabaeus film to the surprising and creative achievement, in which the relationship between man and nature is treated fine and balanced, with a critical view yet open and positive.

Finally the Children's Prize, awarded by a jury of children aged 7 to 9 years, was awarded to the animated short film by Russian director Leonid Pearfall Shmelkov. 

The Black Movie Festival will return for the 21th edition on 17 to 26 January 2020.