Press release - 796(2010)

The « Etoiles et Toiles du cinéma européen » Festival - Awards

Strasbourg, 27.10.2010 - A jury consisting of eight ambassadors, Permanent Representatives of their countries to the Council of Europe and two members of the Council of Europe Secretariat, presided over by Turkish Ambassador Daryal Batibay, awarded two honorary prizes at the 11th annual “Etoiles et Toiles du cinéma européen” festival at the Odyssée cinema in Strasbourg. This festival is dedicated exclusively to feature films supported by Eurimages(*).

The Odyssée-Council of Europe Prize for Human Rights was awarded to "La Révélation" by Hans-Christian Schmid (DE, DK, NL).

Synopsis

Hannah Maynard, prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, is leading a trial against Goran Duric, a former commander of the Yugoslavian National Army. He is accused of the deportation and later killing of Bosnian-Muslim civilians in Kasmaj, a small town in what is now the Republika Srpska. When a key witness is ensnared in the contradictions of his testimony, the tribunal sends a delegation to Bosnia to get a definitive picture of the events on site. Doubts as to the witness’ credibility are confirmed; to all appearances he has not told the truth. Shortly afterwards his body is found; he has committed suicide in his hotel room. For Hannah the case is not yet lost. Hoping to uncover new findings, she travels to the witness’ burial in Sarajevo and meets his sister Mira there. Hannah soon senses that Mira has much more to say about the defendant than she is willing to admit.

The Odyssée-Council of Europe Prize for Artistic Creation was awarded to Le Ruban Blanc" de Michael Haneke (DE, FR, AT, IT)

Synopsis

A village in Protestant northern Germany. 1913-1914. On the eve of World War I. The story of the children and teenagers of a choir run by the village schoolteacher, and their families: the baron, the steward, the pastor, the doctor, the midwife, the tenant farmers.

Strange accidents occur and gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual. Who is behind it all?

(*) EURIMAGES is the Council of Europe’s a support fund for the co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works, established 1988

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