February 2017, berlinale forum

Caligari Prize for "El mar la mar"

EL MAR LA MAR (2017)

EL MAR LA MAR by Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki receives this year's Caligari Award. The jury members were Sarah Adam (B-Movie e.V, Hamburg-St.Pauli), Fiona Berg (Kommunales Kino Weiterstadt) and Julia Teichmann (FILMDIENST). Here is what they said: "The journey leads through the desert, a wasteland. Lying there like flotsam on a beach: a backpack, banknotes, an identity card, a name – the only name in EL MAR LA MAR. The voices that we hear are without bodies; are incorporeal. They tell of the sun, of the heat, of the beauty, of natural catastrophes. They tell of death, of hardship, of pain, and of survival. The endless expanse of the Sonoran Desert stretching between the United States and Mexico. Light and shadows, space and time; the tracks in the sand and the objets trouvés unbalance our sense of time and place, converting the film into a physical experience. Migration, refuge, and politics: in the form of an audiovisual experiment, the two directors get straight to the heart of existential questions. The journey leads through the desert."

The Prize, presented by the German Association of Municipal and Cultural Cinemas in cooperation with the German magazine FILM-DIENST, includes a €4,000 endowment, half of which is given to the award recipient while the other half is used to fund the distribution of the winning film in Germany.