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Award plates of the "I Corti sul lettino" festivals in Naples (Photography: Eric Esser, please note the ready-made vanitas in the background)

Looks like my film career is up shit creek with an outboard engine: this morning I found two award plates in my mailbox for my fecal poetry movie November double winning at the I corti sul lettino festival in Naples. Miglior Corto ('Best short') und Miglior Corto straniero (not quite sure what that means - either 'Best foreign short' or 'Best strange short'). Thanks to Mirna Campanella for the Italian transaltion!

Maybe stepping in dog poop does bring luck after all? Or is this just another one of my strange views of life?

 
Evelyn Rack, responsible for the final cut of "Chaja & Mimi" and best editor of the world recieving the award (Photography: Jeannette-Maria Giza)

Never thought one day I would write a sentence like this, but: Unfortunately I was in holiday. However, my filmschool obviously manages to celebrate quite good without me. During the 10th anniversary celebration gala of my filmschool Filmarche one of the 11 trophys called "Noah" was awarded to my second years movie Chaja & Mimi, as the one in the category "Documentary short". I am very happy the laudatio was held by my teacher and mentor Gruscha Rode and my film schools studies advisor Mireia Guzman Sanjaume.

Evelyn Rack, former editing class of 2006 and in this project involved with the final cut was so kind to recieve the award. Pitty I couldn't be there - the subsequent party was reported to be literally intoxicating. I don't know how, but they even managed to conjure a mobile sauna in the schools yard...

 
The official seal of the German Film Quality Assessment Board FBW

The German Film Quality Assessment Board FBW has awarded "Chaja & Mimi" the Seal of Approval "highly recommended" which turns me into a happy person and the movie info a "Short of the Month". Finally some kind of officially authorised recognition. It is a great thing that the German state provides such an institution.

I am wondering why there isn't more of it. For example a German Kitchen Qualitiy Assessment Board. I guess I'd recieve a "higly well equipped", at least since I got this monstrous
chocolate fountain for simultaneous white and dark chocolate.

What if there would be a German Personality Qualitiy Assessment Board? Maybe I'd get an "highly quick to take offense"? Whatever it might be, the main thing is: being special.

 
It's only happy faces at the award ceremony of the first Walter Benjamin Short Film Competition Portbou (Photography: Joan Gubert)

Who says it's not worth to do a complete rework and publish an international version of a movie? Chaja & Mimi has made 2nd place at the Walter Benjamin Short Film Competition in Portbou (by the way on the subject "Border"). In the end I went there.

Chantal Akerman unfortunately couldn't attend the festival, but the town of Portbou is really nice: besides the decent festival organized by lovely people there is a beach and mountains right next to it, which I consider a perfect match. This is a reason to come back, and 2nd place is an actual qualification for the Girona Film Festival in autumn. That could be also an occasion to finally read some Walter Benjamin...

 

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