Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Saarbruecken 2024

This film captivated us with its narrative power and universal relevance.

The overwhelming power of the film lies in its profound portrayal of the self-sacrificing and selfless nature of friendship. The main character is at an existential crossroads in her life. On the one hand, a sporting career and ties to family and home beckon, while on the other there is freedom and heartfelt friendship. This dualistic structure reflects the conflicts that people can encounter time and again on their journey through life. The audience is taken on an emotional rollercoaster ride and witnesses the inner struggles of the main characters.

The subtle staging and impressive acting lend this film a unique intensity. The camera work, the visual language and the music emphasise the inner conflicts and make them tangible. It is remarkable how the film manages to penetrate the different levels of human existence while maintaining a sophisticated cinematic level.

The film's message encourages us to find true freedom in human relationships and deep friendship.

(Photo: © Jakob Fliedner, Wood Water Films)