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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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