Heidi Hassan and Patricia Pérez Fernández’s “In a Whisper” took home the award for Best Feature-Length Documentary at the International Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) on Wednesday.
The film centers on two emigrated Cuban filmmakers whose passion for film, friendship, and freedom reunite them after years apart.
The festival jury in a statement described the film as “a magical, original, and risk-taking cinematic endeavor,” which embodies “a refreshing expression of womanhood; an ode to loss; a celebration of friendship, will, and vulnerability; a reclaiming of hope and passion; and a piercingly honest cinematic dialogue.”
Iranian docmaker Mehrdad Oskouei won the award for directing for his subtly devastating film “Sunless Shadows,” which focuses on young women serving time for the murder of a male relative.
The jury was impressed by the director’s “approach to a pressing subject which he skilfully turns into a metaphor for a whole country.” They further stated that Oskouei “portrays the complexity and tragedy of the characters’ condition and their haunting stories, while challenging notions such as freedom, safety, and love.”
See the complete list of this year’s winners at the IDFA website.
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