The 2013 Ecumenical Jury awards its Prize to Le Passé (The Past) by Asghar Farhadi

 

How do we take responsibility for our past mistakes? In a thriller style, the director shows the daily life of a stepfamily, where everyone’s secrets and the complex relationships gradually disentangle. A dense, deep and engaging film that illustrates this verse : "The truth will make you free" (John, 8:32)

 

And two Commendations to :

Soshite chichi ni naru (Like father, like son)
by Hirokazu Kore-eda

 

At what point does a father actually become a father? Two couples from different social backgrounds discover that their sons have been exchanged at the maternity ward. The film deals in a simple and subtle way with a human dilemma: are blood ties more important than the love which bonded them for seven years?

 

Miele
by Valeria Golino

 

The film offers a complex and unprejudiced view on the issue of euthanasia. The filmmaker shares with discretion and mastery the doubts and the torments of a young woman who helps terminally ill people to die, leaving to the audience the freedom and the responsibility to take a stand.

 

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The 2013 Jury:   

Denyse MÜLLER, Presidente, France         Marek LIS, Poland

Tiziana CONTI, Switzerland                    Gianluca ARNONE, Italy

Gianna URIZIO, Italy                             Samuel PETIT, France