The 3rd Atlantic International Film Festival, Barranquilla, Colombia, from August 30 to September 2, 2017, named winners across multiple categories at Cultural House El Prado. The selection included 48 films representing 26 nations chosen from over 1,200 entries from 65 nations.
The winners are as follows:
Narrative Feature Film: YOU ARE EVERYTHING. Lena Geller. Germany
Journalist Georg and his girlfriend Vera meet DJ and bon vivant Dave Zuma at an
open-air festival. When the three board the hippie bus, the trip of their lifetime begins,
through the Balkans heading south. Side-by-side, under the sun of the ancient continent a passionate amour fou unfolds between the three and shows them what it means to be alive.
Documentary Feature: HOLD ME TIGHT(S). NICOLA CONTINI. Italy
China seen through the eyes of Emilia and Angiolo, small business entrepreneurs from Tuscany who, after their company producing women’s stockings went bankrupt, emigrated from the small industrial district of Empoli in Italy, to Yiwu, in the People’s Republic of China. Thanks to their knowledge of craftsmanship, from a small Italian district, they catapulted themselves into the new Chinese reality at 65 years old becoming protagonists of the world’s most booming economy. After 10 years spent in China, they have another challenge to face: find the courage to come back home.
Feature Film Theme: Childhood: DIE TOCHTER / DARK BLUE GIRL. Mascha Schilinski. Germany
When JIMMY and HANNAH finally find a buyer for their holiday home on the Greek
volcano island Santorini, the ex-couple returns to the place where they broke up two
years ago. In tow: Their seven-year-old daughter LUCA whose love the parents
compete for. Hardly arrived on the island, old tensions and conflicts appear despite
every effort to make it right. Above it all is Hannah, who is jealous of the close fatherdaughter-
relationship she is not able to reach. But the upcoming sale of the house
triggers something in Jimmy as well – the irrefutable end of his former dream: to have a
future as a family.
Fiction Short Film: Mousse. John Hellberg. Suecia
What could be easier than robbing a small bookie place on the outskirts of town? It’s during the year’s biggest horse race event and the betting center Washington’s Tobacco looks like the ultimate hit for some fast cash. Mousse is a man of pride and principles and is fed up with living as a second-class citizen. But what happens when he faces principles different to his own?
Documentary Short Film: I WANT TO FLY. Maria Ibrahimova. Azerbaijan
Kamal has a dream: he wants to fly, but many say paragliding is an impossible dream
for a man in a wheelchair. An inspiration in the Paralympic community, he’s helped many beat the odds. Now it’s his turn to try.
Animation Short Film: RINO. Ricardo Herrera. Mexico
Rino is a non ordinary big rhinoceros living at a very small rural town, he is old, sad, and almost blind. town people share their lives and space with rino. Kids love him very much, and they even play their games around him. Rino is like the town’s pet. He has everything, but he is still sad, living among all that affection and happy people surrounding him, he feels alone. But suddenly one day a special incident changes his life forever. Rino will finally find love and happiness in the most unexpected place.
Experimental Short Film: Structures of Nature. Martin Gerigk. Germany
“Structures of Nature” is an audiovisual journey through the inner worlds of experiences in the form of a three-part interaction between four narrators, twelve violoncellos, emergent sound events and rhythmicized synaesthetic video sequences. A symbiosis of visual processes as well as natural and artificial sounds created from human speech and string instruments. Images, music, speech and sounds are commensurate compositional elements that lead the viewer through various microscopic and macroscopic structures of nature in a literal and transcendent sense, making them sensuous to the eye and ear.
Short Film Theme: Childhood: Bridge. Amin Ghashghaiyan. Iran
“Bridge” is an anti-war drama that fights against the reality of war in the battlefield. This film show innocent children and teenagers’ involvement in war and display regrets after committing war crimes.
SPECIAL JURY AWARD: LE MONDE DU PETIT MONDE. FABRICE BRACQ. Francia
A woman tells a great story to her baby. In the manner of a tale with princes and princesses, she remains into his memories to pass on his daughter.