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Documentary Film

VALENTINA

“Do you want me to tell a story?“, Valentina asks. She is wearing army pants and a track-suit top. Her hair is wild with a tiny clip. She entrusts us with why she wasn’t born a boy, as it should have been. Nevertheless Valentina knows every detail of her family history: how her father won her mother’s heart with a bottle of juice and a pack of cigarettes, why her sister was held at gunpoint by her parents in-law, where her siblings were brought after they were caught begging. Together with her family of twelve Valentina lives in a run down one-room shack in the Romani municipality Šutka, in Skopje, Macedonia. Observations of daily live are mixed with Valentina’s personal stories, dreams with actual facts. Yet it becomes clear, that all of her story telling is nothing but preparation for her big dream.

Perspektive Deutsches Kino, Berlinale

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51 min / 1:1,78 / HD / s/w / dolby surround 5.1 / PAL / EN – DE subtitles / 2016

Maximilian Feldmann

Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

AWARDS

Michael-Ballhaus-Price – Best Cinematography

First Steps Award 2016

Best Film (medium – length)

Shorts 16 Trinationales Filmfestival Oberrhein, 2016

Price of the Student Jury Greifswald, Special Mention International Jury

25th dokumentArt European Documentary Filmfestival , 2016

Prix Spécial du Jury, Prix du Public, Prix Amnesty International

39th Poitiers Film Festival, 2016

Best Documentary

22nd Filmschau Baden-Württemberg, 2016

Best Documentary

2nd International Film Festival of the Caribbean Sea, 2017

Best Documentary

5th Boddinale, 2017

Best Feature Film International Documentary

2nd Lanús Festival Internacional de Cine, 2017

Best Director

2nd Femuciq Festival Mundial de Cine Independiente de Quito, 2017

Best Documentary Feature

7th Queens World Film Festival, 2017

Best Cinematography

7th Queens World Film Festival, 2017

Prix du Public and Format Court Mention

14th Film Festival of Brive, 2017

Best Documentary Film Prize of the Student Jury

27th Mediawave International Film Festival, 2017

IDA International Documentary Award

11th Ethnocineca International Documentary Film Festival Vienna, 2017

Special Mention by the Jury

16th Euganea Film Festival, 2017

Best Director for Documentary

2nd Revolution Me Film Festival, 2017

Best Student Film

2nd Panama Canal International Film Festival, 2017

Best Documentary Film

4th Stiff – Student International Festival, 2017

Best Feature Documentary

San Jose International Film Festival Awards, 2017

 

FESTIVALS (SELECTION)

66th Berlinale – Perspektive Deutsches Kino, Germany 2016

5th New Talents Köln – Official Selection, Germany 2016

10th Fünf Seen Festival – Official Selection, Germany 2016

22nd Festival International Du Film Nancy.Lorraine – Official Selection, France 2016

First Steps Award – Competition Best Documentary and Cinematography, Germany 2016

Kinonova International Film Festival, Macedonia 2016

36th The International Film Festival Autumn in Voronet – Official Selection, Romania 2016

15th Hyperfest International Student Film Festival – Official Selection, Romania 2016

Shorts 16 Trinationales Filmfestival Oberrhein – Official Selection, Germany 2016

25th dokumentART European Documentary Film Festival – Official Selection, Germany 2016

24th Blicke Filmfestival des Ruhrgebietes – Competition , Germany 2016

39th Poitiers Film Festival – International Selection, France 2016

22nd Filmschau Baden-Württemberg – Official Selection, Germany 2016

14th International Short & Independent Film Festival – Official Selection, Bangladesh 2016

German Human Rights Film Festival Award – Nomination Best University Film, Germany 2016

Jetzt oder Nie Filmtage Friedrichshafen – Official Selection, Germany 2017

5th Boddinale – Official Selection, Germany 2017

5th Silk Road Film Festival – Official Selection, Irland 2017

7th Queens World Film Festival – Official Selection, USA 2017

14th World Film Festival – Official Selection, Estonia 2017

14th Film Festival of Brive – Official Selection, France 2017

46th Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival – Official Selection, Germany 2017

27th Mediawave Another Connection International Film and Music Gathering – Official Selection, Hungary 2017

11th Ethnocineca International Documentary Film Festival Vienna – Austria 2017

16th Euganea Film Festival – International Documentary Film Competition, Italy 2017

8th One Country One Film International Film Festival – Official Selection, France 2017

4th Stiff Student Film Festival – Official Selection, Croatia 2017

San Jose International Film Awards, Costa Rica 2017

3rd Bangkok Thai International Film Festival, Thailand 2017

15th Tirana International Film Festival – Official Selection, Albania 2017

31st Society For Visual Anthropology Film And Media Festival – Official Selection, USA 2017

11th Cinema Verite Iran International Documentary Film Festival – Official Selection, Iran 2017

2nd AKE DIKHEA? Festival of Romani Film – Germany