Erste Bank ExtraVALUE
Film Award 2018

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Erste Bank’s ExtraVALUE Film Award 2018 goes to Wolfgang Fischer for Styx and to Sara Fattahi for Chaos.

Erste Bank’s ExtraVALUE Film Award was awarded for the eighth time at the Viennale 2018.

An independent jury selected an award winner from current films by Austrian directors shown at the festival. The prize includes a residency in New York and a presentation of the winner’s work in the Anthology Film Archive. Erste Bank’s ExtraVALUE Film Award is realized in collaboration with the Viennale, the Deutsches Haus at NYU, and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

Jury statement

The jury unanimously chose two film productions. Upon the jury’s recommendation, the Erste Bank ExtraVALUE Film Award 2018 will be awarded to two films and include a one-month stay respectively in New York for each director.

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Erste Bank’s ExtraVALUE Film Award 2018 goes to Wolfgang Fischer for Styx.

The journey of the German doctor Rike, who embarks on a solo sailing trip from Gibraltar, becomes an existential challenge to her. A cinematic event reminiscent of an experimental arrangement to explore the human capacity for empathy, and yet painfully outdone by reality. Caught between maritime law and official orders, a woman makes a final decision, risking her existence.

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 Erste Bank’s ExtraVALUE Film Award 2018 goes to Sara Fattahi for Chaos.

Three women, stranded in different places, try to put into words the deadly losses and traumas they suffered during the war in Syria. In atmospheric and, in part, dream-like images, the film follows the rhythm of the protagonists’ futile attempts to put into words the unspeakable, the death of a loved one. Chaos is a meditation on silence and quiescence. A question about the place of female speech. A film that addresses the possibility and impossibility of memory. A film that reflects its own limits of representation and transcends them by assuming the notion of a poem.

Jury members
Silvia Bohrn, Boris Manner, Franz Schwartz

©Viennale / Roland Ferrigato: Boris Manner, Ruth Goubran, Eva Sangiorgi Silvia Bohrn, Franz Schwartz