Award ceremony at the Festival Mundial de Cine Extremo San Sebastián de Veracruz

What a way to start! We Weren't Given Anything for Free has won the main prize of the press "Lorenzo Arduengo" at it's world premiere at the Festival Mundial de Cine Extremo "San Sebastián de Veracruz" in Mexiko. The festival "states:

"The jury attributed its decision on one hand to the conclusive insight in the important role patriotic female partisans were playing in World War 2 in Italy, and on the other hand to the unstained cinematical realization of this subject."

Of course I am quite too fastidious with my own concoctions to refer to it with terms like "unstained cinematical realization", but then again one shouldn't object if someone is handing you over a prize. In Germany there is a saying "Einem geschenkten Entsafter schaut man nicht in die Innereien", which means that there are worse things than actually getting a prize...

Program flyer of the Punta del Este Jewish Film Festival 2014

Chaja & Mimi is screened on February 3rd at the Jewish Film Festival Punta del Este in Uruguay and on Feburary 15th at the ViBGYOR Film Festival in Thrissur in India, hte biggest alternative film festival in South Asia - this years focus: gender justice. I am very happy about seeing the movie in its international version of 2013 going down well with the festivals.

Maybe even more enthusiastic I am about the funny names some festivals bestow upon me. In Uruguay I am Eric Essen, an Israeli filmmaker, and for keeping it coherent they also changed the release date and the synopsis. With me is the female Italian filmmaker, whose movie We Weren't Given Anything for Freei just has been screened in Veracruz...

Logo of the Long Night of The Political Short

Chaja and Mimi was decorated on October 23rd during the Lange Nacht des politischen Kurzfilms (Long Night of the Political Short) of the central office for political education in the German state of Rheinland-Pfalz. The audience in the cinema CinéMayence voted the movie on the 3rd place. Yippie!


The Anne Frank Center uses Chaja & Mimi since 2011 within the project  »Nicht in die Schultüte gelegt …« ("Not placed in your first day of school bag"), a learning material, which is based on childhood memories and historical pictures from the 1930ies from Jews (formerly) based in Berlin and in whichs course "Chaja and Mimi" is utilized at times.

On October 22nd the Anne Frank Center will present the project and its learning materials, in the New Synagogue Berlin - Centrum Judaicum Foundation, Oranienburger Straße 28, between 16:00 and 18:00. Please apply on the website of the Anne Frank Center.

Poster of the Jewish Filmfestival Bucharest 2013

Ok, that was completely giving it away in the headline. The only thing to add is that it is the Jewish Filmfestival Bucharest, and the movie's in the competition, yippie! The people organizing the festival seem outmost nicely, and I am very curious about the festival and about the city. Screening is Sunday, October 20th, 5pm. On their Facebook site they wrote "Duminică, 20 octombrie, regizorul german Eric Esser (înscris în competiţie cu filmul documentar Chaja & Mimi), va avea o scurtă intervenţie." I wonder, what that means.

Any advice regarding a nice coffeeshop?