IFC 2012 @’Ake Blomström’ winners

Report by: Elisabeth Stratka,  Head of the Ǻke Blomström Committee
ORF Ö1 Feature

Each year young and promising feature makers have the possibility to get money from the Åke Blomström Memorial Prize to attend the International Feature Conference. This year, 2012, there have been 14 entries to the  Ake Blomstrom Memorial Award. The IFC 2012 was held in London, UK: 13th to17th May 2012.

The winners:
Elisabeth Putz , Germany
Ksenia Donskaya, Russia
Askild Matre Aasarød, Norway
Bartosz Panek, Poland

The winner’s programs:

1. Elisabeth Putz (Germany): Lacan. Une maladie d’amour (RBB Berlin)
“Hysterical personality structure. That is what my diagnosis said. I was 20. I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. My psychoanalysis lasted 6 years almost to the day. I was reborn. And that rebirth was anything but easy.” Analysis is the hard effort of discourse without escapes, says Lacan, grand maître to some, charlatan to others, enigmatic, baroque, meandering. Lacan postulated a return to Freud but took psychoanalysis beyond the man who discovered it. To formulate his theorems, he drew on linguistics, philosophy, theology, mathematics, and his work still – 30 years after his death – raises questions. Elodie Pascal (Pseudonym for Elisabeth Putz) talked to Lacan experts, psychoanalysts and people who attended Lacan’s seminars – which enjoyed cult status in the Paris of the 1970s – and she combines these interviews with scenes from the life of a young woman who underwent psychoanalysis.

2. Ksenia Donskaya (Russia): Net-hamsters and the protests in Russia (NRJ Russian Network Station)
The term “net-hamsters” is extremely popular in Russia at the moment. “Net-hamsters” are the users of Facebook, Twitter and other social networks which were quite indifferent to politics in the past, but who started to protest now. Of course it’s used by conservative people who don’t want any changes in our country. I think everyone heard about unfair elections in Russia. That was the reason of “net-hamsters revolution”. I’m one of “net-hamsters”, tells us Ksenia Donskaya.
“I wasn’t interested in politics. Books, arts and cinema seemed to be much more attractive to me. But after the unfair elections and all the absurd statements of our authorities I understood that I can’t stand aside. So me and my friends went to the rally on the Bolotnaya square on the 10th of December. So, my program is a combination of report from the rally and my thoughts. You’ll see the protests in Russia with the eyes of a person taking part in them for the very first time.”

3. Askild Matre Aasarød (Norway): Thomas Harriot’s missing notes (NRK Norway)
In 2009 Askild Matre Aasarød begins searching for a special book in the Oslo University library. The book is from 1572, and was the first printed edition of the major textbook in optics: Opticae Thesaurus. On the last page someone had handwritten some notes: a figure, and hastily drawn grid lines. No one had paid these notes any attention before a Norwegian hobby scientist found them at the end of the 1950s. He realized that they weren’t just any old doodles, but the minutes of an experiment made so early in time that it must be the beginning of all of modern science! Due to this the book is stipulated to be worth from 100 000 dollars upwards to 1 million dollars. But when Aasarød went to see the book in the university library’s vault, it had disappeared.

4. Bartosz Panek (Poland): Łuczywa mózić sia po warmijsku (Learning the Warmian Dialect)
Edward Cyfus and Łukasz Ruch are fluent in Warmian.
Although this dialect is not spoken anymore, they try to revive it for themselves. Talking in Warmian and about Warmian,
you can find out a lot about this region and Poland’s contemporary history.

selection committee 2012:

Elisabeth Stratka,  Head of the Ǻke Blomström Committee
ORF Ö1 Feature

Hannu Karisto
Dokumenttiryhmä/Documentary programmes

Hege Dahl,
NRK, Norway

Ylva Lindgren
Swedish Radio

Gabriela Hermer
Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg

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