58th International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg

05.11.2009 to 15.11.2009
Mannheim and Heidelberg

The Ecumenical Jury (f.l.): Manfred Koch, David Fonjallaz, Bernadette Meier, Lothar Strüber, Dorothea Schmitt-Hollstein

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Awards of the Ecumenical Jury

Animal Heart
Das Tier in meinem Herzen
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In the austere world of the Swiss Alps the relationship between a dairy farmer and his wife takes a dramatic turn with the arrival of a Spanish farm hand. With the nuanced portrayal of the characters in their physicality and the masterly use of filmic means, Séverine Cornamusaz has achieved a piece of art of universal importance. Archaic nature is the backdrop to the fragile beginnings of a process of humanisation.