38th World Film Festival Montréal 2014

21.08.2014 to 01.09.2014
Ecumenical Jury Montreal 2014

The members of the Ecumenical Jury, from left: Peter Sheehan, Denyse Muller, Karin Achtelstetter, Tony Spence

After controversial information in the press about the financial situation of the festival and a delayed publication of its programme, it was held successfully and announced the winners on September 1st. The Ecumenical Jury awarded the Japanese entry "Cape Nostalgia", directed by Izuru Naroshima which also one the Special Grand Jury  Award of the International Jury. In addition, the Ecumenical Jury awarded a Commendation to "Melody" by Bernard Bellefroid from Belgium.

Awards of the Ecumenical Jury

Cape Nostalgia
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This is a gentle, high quality film about great moments of life – loss, love, friendship, and community in a Japanese coastal village. With humor and depth, the film celebrates humanity quietly and serenely. The photography is excellent, the direction assured and the film well balanced. In its conclusion, the movie moves away from nostalgia to embrace life.

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A struggling young woman decides to become a surrogate mother, and she is accepted by a businesswoman, who has longed for her own child. The film explores sensitively the different facets of motherhood and affirms strongly the importance of bonding and maternal commitment. The movie has quality direction, dialogue and acting.