57th Zlín Film Festival

International Film Festival for Children and Youth
26.05.2017 to 03.06.2017

The members of the Ecumenical Jury Zlín 2017 (© Zlín Film Festival)

Two Indian films have been awarded by the Ecumenical Jury Zlín 2017. The winner of its prize is "Half Ticket" by Samit Kakkad. For a commendation the jury choose "Railway Children" by Prithvi Konanur. The International Jury for Feature Films gave a Golden Slipper to the German children film "Mountain Miracle - An Unexpected Friendship" (Amelie rennt) by Tobias Wiemann, and a Golden Slipper for the best film for youth to "Just Charlie" by Rebekah Fortuen from Great Britain. A Special Mention was awarded to Fatih Akin's "Goodbye Berlin" (Tschick).

Link: Festival-Website

The Ecumenical Jury with award winner Prithvi Konanur


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Railway Children tells the story of twelve years old Raju who escaped from home and tries to survive on the railroad tracks of Bangalore in the midst of violence, sexual abuse, corruption and drugs. Director Konanur depicts Raju’s life in a realistic, uncompromising style but all the same hope lingers within the dreariness - because there are people who care and Raju knows how to stand up for himself.

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Half Ticket tells the story of two young brothers struggling to make a living in the Mumbai slum and still find beauty and joy in life without losing their dignity. The story seen through the eyes of the children unfolds as a fable with visual poignancy in beautifully shot scenes which are laden with metaphorical imagery and contemporary issues, an intriguing soundtrack and touching characters. It shows love prospering in the midst of poverty and how a creative and hopeful approach to life can make all the difference.