After intense discussion, the jury unanimously chose two film productions, which, despite being completely different, present equally interesting and exciting approaches.
We’re honouring an exceptional art film, on the one hand, and, on the other, a work that is impressive in the way it addresses and renders a social issue.
Upon the jury’s recommendation, the Erste Bank ExtraVALUE Film Award was awarded to two winners and includes a one-month stay respectively in New York for each.
We awarded the prize to a film that takes us into a fictional world between the 1930s and 1960s, impressed us through a perfect stage design set against the backdrop of socio-political events, and features a wonderful actress. The award went to Shirley – Visions of Reality by Gustav Deutsch.
The second part of the award honours the respectful observation of homeless Ukrainian youths, recorded by a seemingly invisible camera. The prize went to Juri Rechinsky’s film Sickfuckpeople, which is thus equally rewarded by the jury.
Silvia Bohrn (cultural manager), Werner Brix (artist and comedian), Franz Schwartz (director of Vienna’s Stadtkino, 1981–2008)