Award of the Ecumenical Jury Locarno goes to Swiss filmmaker Fernand Melgar   

The Ecumenical Jury of SIGNIS and INTERFILM awards its Prize to the film

Vol spécial

Directed by Fernand Melgar, Switzerland 2011

In his touching and authentic documentary Fernand Melgar leads the audience into the Frambois detention center where ordinary people never go and where hopes and fears of different men culminate. Guards as well as detainees act human under inhuman conditions, so the spectator is enabled to see them all as individuals with a family, religion and their own dignity, lacking only justice.


The Jury awards a Commendation to the film

Onder ons

Directed by Marco van Geffen, Netherlands 2011

Done with considerable craftsmanship this film shows us that the subtle Xenophobia of western people, often covered only by a thin layer of cultural conventions, distracts from the fact, that violence and lack of communication are generic issues of the clean and «well organized» suburbs.


The Jury awards a second Commendation to the film

Abrir puertas y ventanas

Directed by Milagros Mumenthaler, Argentina / Switzerland 2011

Three different orphan sisters left alone in a beautiful house full of past memories have to cope with becoming an adult. Evoking a dense atmosphere, Mumenthaler shows that there are various, sometimes painful, ways becoming an individual and that although memory guides us to accept the present, one still has doors and windows to open.

Members of the Ecumenical Jury

Joachim Valentin (Germany) – President

Sanne E. Grunnet (United Kingdom)

Daria Lepori (Switzerland)

Ieva Pitruka (Latvia)

Konstantin Terzis (Grece)

Christian Wessely (Austria)



Twitter:  @filmjury


Saturday, 13 August 2011, 16:30