Berlin: Chinese films win ecumenical awards

 At the Berlin International Film Festival at the weekend, the Ecumenical Jury gave its Prize in the Competition to the Chinese film Tu Ya De Hun Shi (Tuya's Marriage) by Wang Quan'an. "Tuya, a woman living with her handicapped husband and two children in the steppe of Mongolia, struggles for their existence. Friends counsel her to divorce and remarry as a way to resolve the situation. Painful as this path is, Tuya and her husband decide upon it. Through closely recording scenes of this traditional culture, the director shows us the deep faithfulness, courage and love of the human relationships involved, and the sense of ambiguity attendant upon difficult human decisions." The Ecumenical Jury also awarded two Prizes in the Panorama and Forum sections. In the Forum section, the Ecumenical Prize was given to Luo Ye Gui Gen (Getting Home) by Zhang Yang (Hongkong, China). "Zhao decides to transport the body of his friend and colleague who had suddenly died back to his native town. He needs much help for this difficult task. With much humour, fantasy and love this unusual roadmovie tells how a seemingly impossible mission can nonetheless be accomplished through the help of many strangers encountered along the way. Even under extreme difficult social conditions human togetherness emerges." In the Forum section, the Prize went to Chrigu directed by Jan Gassmann and Christian Ziörjen (Switzerland). "Chrigu, a young man suffering terminal cancer, documents the process of dying as a part of living, and living as a part of dying. His professional work had been technical support for his friends' Hiphop-band. Their music pulsates throughout the documentary, marking the rhythm of joy and pain, laughter and sadness, life and death. Throughout the process, Chrigu affirms life in his acceptance of the unavoidability of death." The Ecumenical Jury was composed of: Charles Martig (Switzerland, President), Angelika Obert (Germany), Prof Em Marjorie Suchocki (USA), Anita Uzulniece (Latvia), Théo Péporté (Luxemburg). Source: Signis BERLIN - 23 February 2007 - 210 words

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