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Algerian Film 'Bloody Beans' Takes Home Best Documentary at CPH:DOX Festival

"Bloody Beans."

The Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival CPH:DOX has officially ended with Best Documentary Film DOX:AWARD going to Algerian writer-director Narimane Mari's "Bloody Beans."

"Bloody Beans" takes a look at Algeria's socio-politically turbulent history through the playful lens of re-enactment. CPH:DOX, which offers a fulfilling sense of variety in theme and subject matter from artistic and experimental documentaries to politically-centered ones, awarded additional films in the F:ACT AWARD, NEW:VISION AWARD, NORDIC:DOX AWARD, Politiken Audience Award and finally the Reel Talent Award categories.  

Check out the full list of CPH:DOX 2013 November 7-17 Festival Winners:

DOX:AWARD: "Bloody Beans"

Directed by Narimane Mari, Algeria/France

Jury statement: "We would like to give the CPH:DOX Award to a radical, original and playful debut film by Narimare Mari, for its fresh and joyful approach to the question and politics of re-enactment and for its provocative insistance on play as a continuing act of resistance in the process of decolonialisation. We celebrate this film for its embrace of Antonin Artauds' statement: 'It is better to be than to obey."

F:ACT AWARD: "DIRTY WARS" 

Directed by Richard Rowley, USA.

Jury statement: "This film depicts what investigative journalism can be at its best. Jeremy Scahill takes us on a journey into the dark and secret wars, the US is conducting worldwide, not even sparing their own citizens or children. Layer by layer Scahill exposes how the remaining superpower grossly violates national and international laws. He shows that the American "War on Terror" is indeed a war of terror, meaning a secret war that it is beyond democratic control. This investigation was conducted under great risks exposing an undercover army killing everywhere with impunity."

NEW:VISION AWARD: "A Spell To Ward Off the Darkness" 

Directed by Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, France/Estonia.

Jury statement: "Our choice, A Spell to Ward off the Darkness, is partly allegorical, partly post-apocalyptic and partly a Black Metal music video. Its questions and problems are not resolved. They keep returning to the central theme of how to live when no present models appear to work. The movie shifts modes between portraying a failed commune, an aborted attempt at seclusion and a cathartic but ultimately senseless musical release. We congratulate the filmmakers."

NORDIC:DOX AWARD: "After You"

Directed by Directed by Marius Dybwad-Brandrud, Sweden.

Jury statement: "After You is a documentary about the death of a family member, shot with a combination of simplicity and sophistication reminiscent of an Ozu film. The film-maker's carefully composed images provide us with a sense of the mundane details that surround personal loss; but they also leave space for us to relate the film to our own experiences. We give this award in recognition of a film that provides a model for how to represent traumatic subjects, while still remaining thoughtful, unintrusive, and humble."

POLITIKEN AUDIENCE AWARD: "Everyday Rebellion" 

Directed by Arman & Arash Riahi, Austria / Switzerland

The audience has voted for its favourite film. Everyday Rebellion will be awarded with Danish cinema distribution.

REEL TALENT AWARD: "A World Not Ours"

Jury statement: "The Danish film directors and CPH:DOX will again this year hand out the Reel Talent Award to a Danish documentary director who has shown an exceptional cinematic vision in his first films. The Award is given as collegial pad on the shoulder to a director on his way to the stars… and as an encouragement to continue working towards realizing the cinematic vision of the director to fulfill the promises of his first films. Good films are like welcoming houses. The moment we enter we feel privileged being invited into unknown worlds that almost miraculously gradually open up to us and enrich our senses and understanding of other peoples lives.

"A world not ours " is one of those rare, hospitable films.
The house we are invited into is full of pain and frustration, but because of the filmmaker and his family's and friends' great hospitality and courage to show their real faces we get to feel some of the joys and sorrows of this refugee camp for Palestinians in Lebanon. Due to the humanity and humor of the people behind and in front of the camera we get a unique chance to experience the mind-blowing complexity and desperation of living in a permanent state of homelessness.
"A world not ours" in its own bleak way is a beautiful and very poetic film that opens doors to other worlds instead of closing them."


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