Youth Jury Award goes to Canción sin Nombre

On Sunday evening, April 18, the representatives of the youth jury announced that the film Canción sin Nombre by Peruvian director Melina León has won the Youth Jury Award IFFG 2021.

The story takes you to the Peru of 1988, a time of great political and financial unrest, hyperinflation and terrorist violence. The left-wing guerrilla movement "Shining Path" is just emerging.

Georgina Condori is a pregnant Andean peasant woman who lives in a bare wooden hut in one of the coastal slums near the capital, Lima.

She is lured into town by a radio ad promising free "medical assistance". So she gives birth to her baby in a clinic in the city center. But the staff are taking her newborn daughter, ostensibly for routine checkups. It changes her life forever.

Pim van den Dool, representative of the youth jury, about their choice: "The film moved us deeply, the story will linger for a long time. But it is precisely the way of film, the special cinematography and the strong acting of Georgina Condori, actress Pamela Mendoza, that make us highly appreciated the film. An impressive film made with conviction and great passion by Melina León ".

Special mention No Hard Feelings
It was a "close finish" to number 2, director Faraz Shariat's film No Hard Feelings (original title Futur Drei), fellow jury member Demi Drost reported. "We found this film so refreshing, so smooth with also strong acting. The film immediately captivates you, from start to finish, "said Demi.

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Audience Award goes to The End Will Be Spectacular

Always exciting where the heart of the audience goes out. The votes are counted and the Audience Award IFFG 2021 goes to the Kurdish film The End Will Be Spectacular by director Ersin Çelik. A gripping war story, particularly filmed and a tribute to those who lost their lives in this battle.

The film starts with Zilan, a young woman, who returns to her hometown to investigate the past of her dead brother, who was murdered by ISIS.

The city is no longer what it used to be: social and political tensions have escalated, the city is at war. The people are demanding political autonomy and the police and army are brutally oppressing them. A story about ideals, struggle, friendship, loss and self-sacrifice, against the background of a seemingly hopeless conflict.