The Young Jury of Working Title Film Festival 5 is an international jury consisting of university students, recent graduates and young cinema enthusiasts, and has been called on to give a special prize to the best competing film among the ones that deal with work from the point of view of the younger generations, including children and teenagers.
The project has been carried out by WTFF in collaboration with Erasmus + Virtual Exchange and has involved a number of web meeting sessions, with the technical and logistical support of Lorenza Bacino (UNIcollaboration).
The Young Jury, consisting of: Riccardo Bertoia, Daniela Bongiorno, Alice Bordignon, Carlotta Canovi, Elisa Chiari, Girolamo da Schio, Chiara Faggionato, Juan Francisco González, Regina Khanipova, Lorenzo Lamberti, Silvia Mazzei, Pedro Montesinos, Valerio Picca, Alessio Rosa, and Michele Sammarco, decided to give the award as best film to:
For Your Sake by Ronja Hemm (Germany)
The documentary film, set in Nepal, tells the story of three generations of Tamang women with an intimate and direct gaze. Mother and grandmother continue to live in the rural village and carry out traditional work related to nature; their teenage daughters study in the city and are about to move to Japan, aspiring to a higher level of education. The film is awarded for its great photographic quality, for its present but not invasive directing style, and for its ability to express a sense of nostalgia and affection for the Nepalese culture, in a dialectic perspective with the speed with which humanity moves from one point to another in the globalised world.
Young Jury special mentions
Moreover, the Young Jury decided to give a special mention to:
Sisterhood by Takashi Nishihara (Japan)
For its exploration of the process of making art and at the same time of living, through a hybrid of documentary and fiction; for its compositional attention in black and white photography, which makes the film poetic. The film reflects on gender equality in the Japanese society and through the film’s meta-cinematographic device it gives voice to young women working in artistic and cultural fields, who find themselves to encounter a young director, the author’s alter ego.
One more special mention was given to:
Waithood by Louisiana Mees Fongang (Belgium/Greece)
For its ability to fully express the feeling of emptiness and suspension that young Europeans can feel in the contemporary capitalist society, and for highlighting the thin line between beauty and ruin in a country like Greece. Athens, which expresses a strong contrast between the remains of its glorious past and the heavy legacy of the recent financial crisis, becomes itself a character that is waiting, as are the protagonists of the film, who look with affection at the view on the ancient Athens, but dream of Berlin.