Best Film Award:
by Boris Lojkine
Special Jury Award:
by Lorenz Merz
Total work, where the director is also screenwriter, editor and cinematographer, Cherry Pie deals with the disorientation and alienation of contemporary society, products of unbearable economic and social relationships. An elliptic film that makes an act of courage and trust towards the viewer, forcing him to an active effort in the process of constructing a narration.
Is it running… good evening. This is the face of Lorenz Merz. Unfortunately I can’t be there with you and I’m really sorry. I thought about many ways to join you but I couldn’t make it because I just came back from a longer stay abroad. I’ve been away for four weeks, far from my family and my two-year-old son who was so happy to see me again. Leaving again would have been really painful. I think you can understand… Anyway I want to thank the Festival, first of all for inviting the film, giving it the chance to compete with others and to share an idea of travel, inside, outside, in the world, and to share different visions on how we can travel… anyway, a special thank you also to the Jury, who appreciated and awarded this movie, this makes me very happy, well, it made us happy, since also the actress, Lolita Chammah, knows about the award and wants to thank you and sends you a warm greeting.
And… what else I wanted to say… what comes to my mind is that I had already won another prize with Cherry Pie this at Valencia Film Festival and also in that case I couldn’t be there, so there must be something behind it, but anyway it seems like the film has learned to live by itself without me, and this is good because it’s been a long and difficult movie, shot with little resources, with a minimal crew of three people who followed me, followed us, to make this kind of film. It’s really been a struggle to finish this kind of film, because there was just one actress and the editing was eternal, a never-ending thing, because the movie was basically written in the editing room, it wasn’t written before because it was based on an outline of ten pages which explained what the film might have been, the aim was to find the essence of the story on the road finding out what life wanted to tell us in that moment. It’s an easy approach, amusing even, but then it’s a struggle during the editing because the things you didn’t write before, you have to write them afterwards with the vocabulary that you gathered during the shooting. So thank you again, thanks a lot, enjoy the evening, and I’m very very happy, we are very happy. Good night!
19 October 2014
by Fran Araújo, Ernesto de Nova
a movie that approaches with a documentary style an intimate and suspended story, creating a successful mix of fiction and real events. With little resources, the two directors realize an unusual but convincing road movie very well shot and acted.
The Stone River
by Giovanni Donfrancesco
First of all I’d like to thank all the friends of Detour Film Festival for inviting The Stone River to take part to this important festival which makes of such a wonderful topic as travelling – in its various meanings – its Polar Star. I also thank the audience for the award they gave to the film. A filmmaker doesn’t make a movie thinking about the awards it could win, but it’s also true that it’s a great gratification knowing that your own work can speak to the audience and be appreciated. And it helps to persist on a job that often requires sacrifices.
I would have loved to be there with you to celebrate and thank you in person. And for sure I would have been with you if I wasn’t busy, for retaliation or irony of the destiny, with a travel on the other side of the world, as far as it could ever be.
19 October 2014