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The Berlinale and the French-German Youth Office Present the Seven-Member Jury of the “FGYO- Award Dialogue en perspective”


For the eleventh year running, the Berlin International Film Festival and the French-German Youth Office (FGYO), an official partner of the Berlinale, are giving young film lovers the opportunity to participate in the “FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective” as jury members.

Seven cineastes – three German, three French and one Israeli - have been selected to view and evaluate the films in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section of the 64th Berlinale. They will present the “FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective”, again endowed with €5,000, to their favourite film on February 15th during the ceremony for the independent jury prizes.

The application procedure included a written review of Margarethe von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt (2012), as well as comments on the international role of German film, and descriptions of personal film preferences and cultural commitments. Since 2010, a jury member from a third country is taking part – this time from Israel.

The jurors for the 2014 “FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective” are:

• Manon Cavagna, 20, Frankfurt, studies business management and has felt a special connection to film since early childhood
• Rebecca Raab, 25, Karlsruhe, is currently a graduate student of Film, Exhibition and Curation in Edinburgh and has worked for numerous international film festivals
• Tom Ullrich, 25, Weimar, studies in Paris and has taken part in many film festivals as an amateur critic
• Mathilde Saraux, 23, Brest, studies Franco-German communication and has experience in audiovisual production on both sides of the Rhine
• Lucie Brux, 26, Paris, recently spent a year in Berlin and has contributed to several films as a cutter
• Clément Konopnicki, 23, Sète, is a graduate student in film studies in Berlin and has already completed several of his own projects
• Itamar Gov, 24, Jerusalem, studies film in Paris and Berlin and has a particular interest in European culture and cinema

The jury is chaired by French director and scriptwriter Denis Dercourt. “Without passion, it is impossible to make a film. Passion is also something that the youths selected for the jury will certainly bring with them: passion for the cinema. I feel very fortunate to be heading a jury of passionate viewers as they watch films created with passion. We will experience a passionate Berlinale!” says Denis Dercourt of his task as president of the Franco-German jury.

The aim of the “FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective” is to promote intercultural dialogue between young German and French audiences, and inspire interest in German cinema. The prize will be awarded to a film that appeals equally to critical young people of different cultural backgrounds.

In 2013, the film Two Mothers (Zwei Mütter, 2013) by Anne Zohra Berrached won the award. In previous editions of the festival, the “FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective” was awarded to Marten Persiel’s This Ain’t California (2012) and Dirk Lütter‘s Die Ausbildung (The Education, 2011), among others.

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