The Dutch Cultural Media Fund named Nelleke Koop’s Floating Bodies (Waterlijken) as the recipient of its 2011 Documentary Award, which comes with a €125,000 (US$169,000) prize, as the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) officially kicked off yesterday.
Beginning with the discovery of a corpse in the water, Floating Bodies follows five central figures as each in turn searches for clues, before the body can be taken back to its family.
The jury, consisting of Gülsah Dogan, Simonka de Jong, Willemien van Aalst, Oscar van der Kroon and Jelle Peter de Ruiter, selected the winning concept from seven film plans that were developed under the guidance of the documentary filmmakers Albert Elings and Eugenie Jansen.
The jury report said: “The winning film concept takes on a stunning theme. The filmmaker gives expression to a personal fascination that she objectifies both literally and figuratively by having other people talk about it.
“It makes for a story how the deeply personal can become depersonalized, but nonetheless become human once more. The story starts with an ending and in a strange way ends at a new beginning.”