Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize< >
The Jury of the Goethe-Institut awards
Peak by Hannes Lang (Germany, Italy)
The Goethe Institute awards its 2011 Documentary Film Prize to the film "Peak" by Hannes Lang. The film distinguishes itself by its overwhelming picture language that finds its adequate aesthetic expression in the CinemaScope format. In an exemplary way, the universal subject of the destruction of nature by man is conveyed most impressively to the viewer.
The film achieves this impact by the images alone, without any judgmental comments, with the footage showing the encroachment of industry into century-old cultural landscapes. The systematic destruction of alpine nature and the loss of one's native country set a radical end to the genre expectation of the traditional "Heimatfilm", a kind of sentimental film with a regional background and happy end.
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