VALENTINA / documentary / 51 min / 2016

Valentina lives among her extended family in the poor quarters of a Roma neighbourhood in Skopje, Macedonia. The ten-year-old girl is a tomboy and a highly gifted storyteller. To its charismatic heroine, the film is a roaming companion. Via quirky anecdotes, surreal daydreams and painful memories, Valentina introduces us to her family: we observe her father Asim collecting bulky rubbish, her mother Naile begging, her sister Ramize braiding hair, her brother Ferdi who is full of mischief and her granddad who can only think of cigarettes and who sometimes flies into terrifying rages.
In Valentina, filmmakers Luise Schröder (screenplay, cinematographer) and Maximilian Feldmann (screenplay, director) strike a wonderful balance between narrative focus and apparently incidental observations, bringing us closer to a distant world (or the other way around) in tranquil black and white.

Perspektive Deutsches Kino, Berlinale

team
DIRECTOR Maximilian Feldmann
CINEMATOGRAPHER Luise Schröder
EDITOR Gregor Bartsch
SOUND/MIX Oscar Stiebitz
FILM MUSIC Oliver Ole Fries
PRODUCER Maximilian Feldmann, Luise Schröder
PRODUCTION Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in cooperation with Fachhochschule Dortmund
awards / festivals
AWARDS

Michael-Ballhaus-Price – Best Cinematography

First Steps Award 2016

Best Film (medium – length)

Shorts 16 Trinationales Filmfestival Oberrhein, 2016

Price of the Student Jury Greifswald, Special Mention International Jury

25th dokumentArt European Documentary Filmfestival , 2016

Prix Spécial du Jury, Prix du Public, Prix Amnesty International

39th Poitiers Film Festival, 2016

Best Documentary

22nd Filmschau Baden-Württemberg, 2016

Best Documentary

2nd International Film Festival of the Caribbean Sea, 2017

Best Documentary

5th Boddinale, 2017

Best Feature Film International Documentary

2nd Lanús Festival Internacional de Cine, 2017

Best Director

2nd Femuciq Festival Mundial de Cine Independiente de Quito, 2017

Best Documentary Feature

7th Queens World Film Festival, 2017

Best Cinematography

7th Queens World Film Festival, 2017

Prix du Public and Format Court Mention

14th Film Festival of Brive, 2017

Best Documentary Film Prize of the Student Jury

27th Mediawave International Film Festival, 2017

IDA International Documentary Award

11th Ethnocineca International Documentary Film Festival Vienna, 2017

Special Mention by the Jury

16th Euganea Film Festival, 2017

Best Director for Documentary

2nd Revolution Me Film Festival, 2017

Best Student Film

2nd Panama Canal International Film Festival, 2017

Best Documentary Film

4th Stiff – Student International Festival, 2017

Best Feature Documentary

San Jose International Film Festival Awards, 2017

FESTIVALS (SELECTION)

66th Berlinale – Perspektive Deutsches Kino, Germany 2016

5th New Talents Köln – Official Selection, Germany 2016

10th Fünf Seen Festival – Official Selection, Germany 2016

22nd Festival International Du Film Nancy.Lorraine – Official Selection, France 2016

First Steps Award – Competition Best Documentary and Cinematography, Germany 2016

Kinonova International Film Festival, Macedonia 2016

36th The International Film Festival Autumn in Voronet – Official Selection, Romania 2016

15th Hyperfest International Student Film Festival – Official Selection, Romania 2016

Shorts 16 Trinationales Filmfestival Oberrhein – Official Selection, Germany 2016

25th dokumentART European Documentary Film Festival – Official Selection, Germany 2016

24th Blicke Filmfestival des Ruhrgebietes – Competition , Germany 2016

39th Poitiers Film Festival – International Selection, France 2016

22nd Filmschau Baden-Württemberg – Official Selection, Germany 2016

14th International Short & Independent Film Festival – Official Selection, Bangladesh 2016

German Human Rights Film Festival Award – Nomination Best University Film, Germany 2016

Jetzt oder Nie Filmtage Friedrichshafen – Official Selection, Germany 2017

5th Boddinale – Official Selection, Germany 2017

5th Silk Road Film Festival – Official Selection, Irland 2017

7th Queens World Film Festival – Official Selection, USA 2017

14th World Film Festival – Official Selection, Estonia 2017

14th Film Festival of Brive – Official Selection, France 2017

46th Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival – Official Selection, Germany 2017

27th Mediawave Another Connection International Film and Music Gathering – Official Selection, Hungary 2017

11th Ethnocineca International Documentary Film Festival Vienna – Austria 2017

16th Euganea Film Festival – International Documentary Film Competition, Italy 2017

8th One Country One Film International Film Festival – Official Selection, France 2017

4th Stiff Student Film Festival – Official Selection, Croatia 2017

San Jose International Film Awards, Costa Rica 2017

3rd Bangkok Thai International Film Festival, Thailand 2017

15th Tirana International Film Festival – Official Selection, Albania 2017

31st Society For Visual Anthropology Film And Media Festival – Official Selection, USA 2017

11th Cinema Verite Iran International Documentary Film Festival – Official Selection, Iran 2017

2nd AKE DIKHEA? Festival of Romani Film – Germany

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