Colombian film wins international award in Germany
'Anhell 69' won the Golden Dove during the DOK Leipzig.
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The main prize of the country's international documentary and animated film festival was 10,000 euros in the International Competition for Colombian director Theo Montoya.
The jury, composed of Philippa Kowarsky, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, Shireen Seno, Ula Stöckl and Andrei Tănăsescu, called it "a cinematic slip of consciousness fueled by the pleasure and death impulses of human nature”.
"An ode to an ill-fated city and a tribute to one's own community, it harnesses the power of resilience and transgression to inhabit the world with fluidity, bravery and radical urgency," said one of the Leipzig jurors.
Inspired by the director's own past, Anhell 69 explores Colombia's young queer generation and the violence of the city in which they reside. It is a co-production between Colombia, Romania, France and Germany.
"The film is very personal, it talks about my universe, it talks about my friends and I wanted through them to understand something that is happening in my city, in Colombia and I think in many parts of the world," said Montoya in a talk with Efe Agency.
The film had its world premiere at the Venice Critics' Week, where it received a special mention from the jury and the Verona Film Club Award.
With this new German award, Anhell 69 will be played in Germany at DOK Stream from October 24th to 30th, along with the 11 other films that received their awards at the festival.