Honorary Golden Rickshaw
(granted by Town of Vesoul and the Communauté d'agglomération de Vesoul)
Mr. Wang Xiaoshuai, director (China), Commitee: Mrs. Mai Masri, director (Palestine), Mrs. Liza Dino, actress (Philippines) & Mr. Mohamad Malas, director (Syria).
(sponsored by le Conseil Régional de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté)
Bagage by Zig Dulay (Philippines)
for its quiet intensity combined with the raw portrayal of the bleak side of the world that overseas Filipina women domestic workers live in. Its affective setting and cinema vérité approach forces the audience to taste, feel, and hear each struggle and nuance.
Grand Jury Award
Goodbye Grandpa by Morigaki Yukihiro (Japan)
for a visually compelling cinematography and a very unique and contemporary take on the dynamics of a dysfunctional family dealing with loss, Yukihiro Morigaki’s first film injects humor and balances light and dark themes effortlessly through the engaging performances of its ensemble cast.
(sponsored by Conseil Départemental de la Haute-Saône)
The Taste of Rice Flower by Pengfei (China)
for the striking contrast of the movie’s colorful and intricate background set against its story’s portrayal of the ever-present conflict between tradition and modernity, the young and the old. It quietly evokes the realism of the struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing world and finding one’s place in all of it.
Special Mention International Jury
A Letter to the President by Roya Sadat (Afghanistan)
A film that comes at a critical time when the world no longer wants to remain silent on the systemic mistreatment of women. The film manages to let some semblance of hope crawl into its world despite the bleakness of its premise esp through though the gripping performance given by Leena Alam.
(President: Mr. Ed Lejano, director (Philippines), Commitee: Mrs. Kristina Aschenbrennerova, festival programer (Slovakia) & Mr. Tilman Baumgärtel, author (Germany))
NETPAC Jury Award (ex-aequo)
The Taste of rice flower by Pengfei (China)
for its delicate balance in portraying tradition-vs-modernization issues of migrant workers and the children they leave behind in a subtle mother/daughter storyline graced with distinct moods and rituals.
NETPAC Jury Special Mention
A Letter to the president by Roya Sadat (Afghanistan)
for its vivid drama on the plight of women struggling against a country’s patriarchal traditions set amidst corruption and lawlessness, revealing that change may not be forthcoming.
FILM CRITIC'S CHOICE
(president: Mrs. Alin Tasciyan, FIPRESCI's president (Turkey), Commitee: Mrs. Nada Azhari Gillon, journalist (France) & Mrs. Barbara Lorey de Lacharrière, journalist (Germany)):
Film Critic's Choice
The taste of rice flower by Pengfei (China)
for the gripping portrayal of the identity conflict of an ethnic minority torn between ancestral traditions and economic, social and technological changes in modern China and the problems of the children growing without their parents, who left them to work in cities.
(granted by the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, Paris, president: Mrs. Eva Sandri, Commitee: Mrs. Camille Badier, Mr. Armin Gharagozlou & Mrs. Pauline Massol)
INALCO Grand Prize
Leaf of life by Ebrahim Mokhtari (Iran)
for the accurate reflection about fiction and reality, the anthropological issue about dealing with traditions, and for the dreamlike charm of pictures.