The jury’s reasons
The members of the jury reached a unanimous decision for two film productions. On the recommendation of the jury, the Erste Bank ExtraVALUE Film Award 2016 will be conferred for two winning films with a month’s stay in New York for their directors.
The first film production selected for the award by the jury is a fiction film. A charming, empathetic and also optimistic film with a convincing story and likable and authentic protagonists; a story like life itself. A young man uses the disappearance of his talisman to leave his everyday life behind him. He travels across Italy on a search of the former Mister Universe to get back his lucky charm. An extraordinary search for clues takes us on a subtle discovery tour with magical moments.
The Erste Bank ExtraVALUE Film Award 2016 goes to Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel for “Mister Universo".
The second production selected for the award by the jury is a documentary film. A movie that takes us on a gripping trip that starts from an ancient cork oak tree and carefully leads us to a carnival parade in a mountain village in Sardinia. It is the magical past translated into film. The magical element becomes apparent in the social custom of the carnival whose movement transforms it into a collective delirium. It is alive and you become part of an irresistible transformation, which is not written in memory, but is nonetheless part of human action.
The Erste Bank ExtraVALUE Film Award Grant 2016 goes to Katharina Copony for “Moghen Paris – und sie ziehen mit”.
Franz Schwartz, former, long-year head of Stadtkino Wien
Boris Manner, curator
Silvia Bohrn, culture manager