The pig is everything.
In PATHS OF LIFE, four people tell their stories of how - triggered by crises - they left the familiar, entered unknown territories and what they found on their way. The four protagonists in Thomas Lüchinger's new documentary stand for change. In their world, where they were torn out of their familiar surroundings by personal tragedies, they were forced to explore unknown territories and learned that the confrontation with crises offers potential, from which change becomes self-evident and possible. There is an Austrian who – after being forced to leave his village in the Salzkammergut as a young man – lost not only his family but also his homeland. Today he uses his knowledge about the correlations of nature as a permaculture teacher to promote the respectful treatment of nature in sustainable agriculture and to transform a neglected farm in Switzerland into a flourishing paradise. There is an Icelandic woman, mother of two young sons, who worked as an internationally successful model in London and Milan, whose modeling career came to an abrupt end due to a tragic event in her family. After being forced to face her paralyzing trauma, she now guides people away from restrictive self-images and helps them to allow transformation. An 80 year old 'Artmedicine-woman' from Arizona discovered - after she was abandoned by her husband as a young mother with three small children - how she could find the 'gold in her wound' using the 'painting from the source' method she had invented. In her small house in Arizona she encourages people today to go on their 'hero journey' and to trust their creativity from the interaction with the unknown. And finally, there is a German philosopher, artist and therapist who shows young drug patients in a clinic close to Lake Constance with examples from art and literature how crises can be overcome and ways out of the supposed failure can be found to come back into resonance with themselves and the world.
This woman has been following us for twentyfive centuries, since Sophocles introduced her to the Athenian democracy in the Great Dionysians. This version, by Eduarda Dionísio, take us to the intimacy of the woman-heroine-sister. This woman, who dares to challenge a despot in defense of the supreme law of love, reveals us, perhaps, the contours of the Democratic State. How far can we go, in power? When will that power stop serving democracy and begin to destroy the human being?
Two workers have to do white stripes on the road, but they look at this job like an art. Today they must paint stripes in the middle of a forest, not an usual place but the right place.
"Cuban Queens" is an experimental film that approaches hand-drawn animation as a structuralist and painterly art form. It rhythmically constructs, de-constructs and explores ninety-nine evolving images of Havana's street divas. The production is a collaboration by Warren Bass (direction, animation and music), Lowell Boston (additional animation), and artist Liz Goldberg (original graphics, sketched on the streets of Havana).
Best Animation 2020
American singer-songwriter David Olney (b. 1947) tours the Netherlands each couple of years, but this time he struggles with physical issues that comes as a price for his love for touring. David died suddenly on stage early in 2020 while performing. The 2018 tour was his last in the Netherlands.
Best Documentary 2020
The musical and poetic composition "O my prophetic soul" on the verses of Fedor Ivanovich Tyutchev for the Reader, Pianist and String Orchestra of the composer Sergei Aleksandrovich Oskolkov served as a sound basis for the philosophical parable about the Love of the human and divine, about the cycle of life, about the decline of civilization, That the latter will be the first. The film is shot as a dream, and the use of the aesthetic series of experimental cinema only emphasizes this state. The universal sound gives him the poetry of Fedor Tyutchev (1803-1873), deeply played by Leonid Mozgovoy behind the scenes. The young actors Natalya Surkova and Vladimir Zolotar, who existed in the frame, had a difficult task to show the first people not burdened with the intellectual work of subsequent generations. It was necessary to abandon today's problems and try to imagine themselves as original people, and then immediately move to the very end of time. The plot begins with them and ends with humanity. This author wanted to show continuity: the first love and the supposed last is an indivisible whole of one eternal Love.
Best Experimental Short Film 2020
In France, in the 80s, Tony a young third-generation Spaniard immigrant, a rebel with a heart of gold, fights for a life that he desires despite an abusive and violent father controlling his every move while bonding with a group of reckless immigrants outcasts from the street in whom he sees a family. However, the path he takes only leads to a dark and uncertain future.
Best Music 2020
At Salt’ n Sugar, a popcorn bar in the middle of nowhere, LILY a bored waitress, is goingto turn her life around when two fishy strangers show up in the bar. A mix of onirism, violence and dark humor, Bitch, Popcorn & Blood is simply the weapon that everyone has dreamt of being one day.
Best Short Film 2020
Fabio Soares - Best Director 2020
Best Editing 2020
Jane Badler - Best Actress 2020
A young man is on the brink of losing his mind to a self-constructed conspiracy, wherein an evil trio is after him.