School Jury Award 2020

School Jury Award 2020


by Sebastian Schipper

The Festival invited a school class of 12-15 year olds (6eG class of the École privée Notre-Dame Sainte Sophie – teacher: Martina Baden) to watch and analyse a selection of 5 films from the 2020 Young Audiences programme. The SCHOOL JURY AWARD went to Sebastian Schipper’s ROADS.

The School Jury explained their choice as follows:

“Our class 6eG of the Sainte Sophie school had the amazing opportunity to watch several films in our function as School Jury.
It was an exciting week for us – not only because each morning started with a visit to the cinema. We got to see different films about migration, films that we would not necessarily have chosen to see by ourselves. This gave us the chance to discover very different kinds of films with different perspectives that lead to many discussions.

We almost unanimously agreed to present the School Jury Award to ROADS by Sebastian Schipper.

A film that we liked from the very beginning as it sheds light on so many things. Gillen and William taught us that even though we are all different, there is plenty that we all have in common: friendship, our pastimes, our problems, and other things that touch us deeply. It was thrilling to tag along the two guys’ trip as we easily managed to put ourselves in their place. The events of the film, as far from our daily lives and experiences as they may be, were brought very close to us. The development of the two protagonists was staged very well – especially through the remarkable interplay of brightness and darkness, light and shadow.  We also learnt a lot, particularly about the situation in Calais… and we were shocked that such things are happening in Europe, right on our doorstep.

Thank you for having given us the opportunity to experience the Festival as jurors.”

Photo: Roads © All Rights Reserved

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