43rd Film Festival Max Ophuels Prize

16.01.2022 to 26.01.2022

The Ecumenical Jury at the Max Ophüls Prize 2022 has awarded its prize to "Moneyboys" by C.B. Yi. The film was also awarded Best Feature Film and the Fritz Raff Screenplay Award by the festival jury. Lorenz Merz received the prize of the Saarland Minister President for Best Director for his film "Soul of a Beast" . "Soul of a Beast", which had already won the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival, also received the Film Critics' Prize for Best Feature Film.

The 43rd Max Ophüls Preis Film Festival opened on 16 January with the dystopian science fiction film "Everything Will Change" by Marten Persiel (winner of the audience award; Germany, Netherlands 2021). The festival, extended to 11 days, took place in a hybrid form in cinemas on site and with streaming offers. The feature film competition, from which the Ecumenical Jury, among others, chose its prize winner, comprised 10 entries; other competition sections were dedicated to medium-length films, documentaries and short films..

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The film is captivating with its chronological narrative and dramatisation of the contrasts between a traditional “rural idyll” and an anonymous big city. The rhythm and bustle of the city is counteracted by the supposedly quiet and harmonious home village. The longing for the comfort and safety the protagonist feels amongst his family, ends in a violent reproach of blame that forces him to go back to the anonymity of the city.

The deliberate use of colour, music and visual aesthetics powerfully underlines the dynamics behind using your own body to make money fast whilst on a precarious path to the Chinese upper class.