Joshua Oppenheimer’s festival hit The Act of Killing (pictured) scored a double victory at the International Madrid Documentary Festival, picking up the jury and the audience awards for best feature doc.
The film, which follows a group of self-professed mass murderers in Indonesia as they recreate their atrocities in the form of a surreal narrative feature film, won €10,000 (US$13,000) along with the First Prize of the Jury, It also picked up €3,000 and a trophy for the audience award.
The Second Prize of the Jury, which came with €5,000, was awarded to Sebastian Mez’s Metamorphosen; while the Special Prize of the Jury went to David Sievking’s Vergiss mein nicht (Forget me not). A special mention was given to Terra de Ninguém (No man’s land), by Salomé Lamas.
In the short doc category, the €4,000 First Prize of the Jury went to Grzegorz Zariczny’s Gwizdek (The Whistle), while the €2,000 Second Prize was won by Alessandro Falco’s La strada di Raffael (Raffael’s way). The Special Prize of the Jury went to Daniel Kvitko’s Madera (Wood) and the Audience Award was given to Ingrid Kamerling’s Geluiden voor Mazin (Sounds for Mazin).
The festival also hosted a number of ‘non-official’ awards. Among them, the Canal+ award for Best Spanish Documentary, chosen from the docs playing in the Panorama of Spanish Documentary Cinema section, went to Pepe el Andaluz, by Alejandro Alvarado and Concha Barquero.
Meanwhile, the Freak Special Award, sponsored by international sales agency Freak, was awarded to Geluiden voor Mazin (Sounds for Mazin). Finally, the Master IPECC Special Award for Best Short Documentary Film went to David Battle’s A Conserveira.
The 10th annual Documenta Madrid concluded in Spain yesterday, having run from May 5-12.