February 2019, berlinale forum

Prizes of the Independent Juries for "Nos défaites", "Erde" and "Monștri."

NOS DÉFAITES (OUR DEFEATS) by Jean-Gabriel Périot

The independent juries of the Berlinale have awarded prizes to another three Forum films: The Conféderation Internationale des Cinémas D'Art et Essai (C.I.C.A.E.) awarded NOS DÉFAITES (Our Defeats) by Jean-Gabriel Périot. Nikolaus Geyrhalter received the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for his film ERDE (Earth). Last but not least, the Tagesspiegel Readers' Jury awarded MONȘTRI. (Monsters.) by Marius Olteanu.

The Reader's Jury's statement: Marius Olteanu crafts wonderful images to show the multi-layered nature of a relationship under huge pressure due to a normative society, with Dana and Andrei resisting these pressures with self-determination. Via images at once powerful and tender, we as viewers got close to the couple in truly emotional fashion. For this reason, this year’s Tagesspiegel Readers’ Jury gives the prize for best film showing at the Forum to “Monştri.” from Romania.