Jury International Competition
Long Documentary and Animated Film
Anne Clark has occupied an eminent position in independent music and literature for the past 40 years, the key word being “independent”. Her groundbreaking musical style and her socially aware and politically critical texts have made her a maverick within the industry, but have also connected her directly with a broad audience. Since her first live performances in the emerging punk scene of the 1970s, through to her innovative collaborations with David Harrow in the 1980s and experiments with jazz and acoustics in the 1990s up to her current classical projects, Anne Clark has always remained true to herself. Her works are a blend of avant-garde and romanticism, which makes them simultaneously of the time and timeless.
Heddy Honigmann is regarded as one of the most influential documentary filmmakers in the world. On the occasion of the awarding of the Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award 2007, film critic John Anderson wrote: “Among the real artists of nonfiction, Heddy is as responsible as anyone for raising the standards of doc-making worldwide. She flexes the form to meet her purposes, but never sacrifices style or integrity. She champions the dispossessed without sermonizing, and she injects just enough of herself in her films to give us a sense of the woman behind the movie without ever eclipsing the subject or the substance, the sense of space or the sense of place. That her films are egoless makes them all the more precious.”
Luciano Rigolini, born in Italian-speaking Switzerland in 1950, studied film at the Université Paris VIII. He gained international recognition in the early 1990s with his artistic and scientific works on the specifics of photography and its interrelationships with other media, a subject of research he has continued to explore until today. From 1995 to 2015 he worked as a producer for the European cultural television channel ARTE in Paris. His work there focused on authors’ documentary films and their innovative narrative forms, and independent filmmaking, driven by a spirit of invention and discovery, in general. As a producer he realised films by Chris Marker, Alexander Sokurov, Laurie Anderson and others and discovered a number of new talents.