41st Film Festival Max Ophuels Preis

20.01.2020 to 26.01.2020
Ecumenical Jury Max Ophuels Prize 2020 with award winner Süheyla Schwenk (3rd from left)

The Ecumenical Jury with award winner Süheyla Schwenk (3rd from left) and members of the film crew (photo: © SIGNIS/INTERFILM)

The film "Jiyan" by Süheyla Schwenk won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 41st Max Ophüls Award. The festival jury awarded its prizes for the best feature film to "Neubau" by Johannes Maria Schmit and for the best direction to Johanna Moder for "Waren einmal Revoluzzer" (Once Were Rebels).

The 41st Max Ophüls Prize film festival opened on January 20 with the latest film by Rosa von Praunheim, "Darkroom". The director has been awarded the festival's honorary award. A total of 149 films were shown in Saarbrücken, 16 of them in the feature film competition, from which the Ecumenical Jury chooses its award winner. The festival is dedicated to young German-language films.

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A powerful intimate play, which is further enhanced by the interaction of camera and setting. Both the handling of prejudices in the family system as well as degrading social realities are brought to light. It is precisely the refusal of unnecessarily large dramatic sequences in favour of a focus on everyday worries and hardships in the private sphere that brings the protagonists closer to us as human beings. 

Cleverly written, the film tells the life of a young Syrian/Kurdish family with their relatives in Germany. In the end the question is: What is the value of a human life?