Zurich Film Awards for “Wet Sand”, “Girl Gang” and “Hate the Authorities”
The feature film “Wet Sand”, the documentary “Girl Gang” and the short film “Behördenhater” – these are the three films that will each be awarded a Zurich Film Prize in 2022, as the Zurich Film Foundation announced on Monday.
The queer drama “Wet Sand” addresses the rifts in a closed society. The director Elene Naveriani has now been awarded the Zurich Film Prize 2022 for this. (movie still)
In addition, there are awards for outstanding achievements in each of the three categories. Those responsible want to make it clear that every film is a collaboration between many participants. The Zurich Film Prize is endowed with a total of CHF 100,000.
With her feature film “Wet Sand”, the Georgian-Swiss director Elene Naveriani takes her viewers to a Georgian village. There, in this closed community that stands behind the reactionary orthodox church, it only becomes public at a funeral that the deceased had a love affair with another man. The film award jury justified its decision by saying that the film was touching, enriching and complex.
In the feature film category, Tanja Maria Koller also received an award for the make-up design in «Soul of a Beast». Naveriani receives 20,000 francs in prize money, Koller 10,000 francs.
The documentary “Girl Gang” shows the everyday life of a successful influencer. The film raises questions about the responsibility of the underage girl’s parents, but also about the role of the filmmaker Susanna Regina Meures: when does she start manipulating and staging her presence, but also vice versa, how is she used. Since Meures formally opted for a fairy tale, she shows “that fiction – through the use of social media – has become part of our reality today”.
In addition, Rebecca Trösch and Eva Vitija received awards in the documentary film category for dramaturgy and editing in “Loving Highsmith”. The prize money for Meures is 20,000 francs, Trösch and Vitija together receive 10,000 francs.
Jonas Ulrich’s «Heaters on the Authority», which was awarded best short film, takes the rampage in Zug’s cantonal council in 2001 as its starting point. Beyond the actual act of violence, the film asks about the system within which authorities are often overwhelmed when dealing with private individuals and their claims. “We see a system and how all the people who have to deal with it fail because of it – a systemic failure, by the way,” said the jury.
The Ensemble Film production company received the award for special achievements in the short film category for «Caves». The award brings the company 5,000 francs, while Ulrich receives 10,000 francs.
The prizes, a magnifying glass, are to be awarded on November 17 at a ceremony in Zurich’s industrial district. The Zurich Film Awards are being presented for the fourth time this year.