Odyssey Wins DAS Award 2019

Doc Alliance is a creative partnership of seven key European festivals. One of its activities, Doc Alliance Selection Award, celebrates its 12th edition. Each festival nominates one documentary film which is evaluated by a jury of seven film critics from the festival countries. The winner of this year’s edition is Sabine Groenewegen’s Odyssey nominated by Doclisboa. Congratulations!

Sabine Groenewegen’s Odyssey shows archival footage from the colonial era through the eyes of two undefined intelligences that try to interpret visual material from Earth and understand the human world. Thus, the film addresses the colonial heritage of the Netherlands and all of Europe as well as visual representation as such. Combining archives, sci-fi and lyricism, Odyssey discusses the ways in which we tell stories through images and what meaning we give them. In their statement, the jurors appreciated that “the filmmaker doesn’t offer conclusions, instead the film raises essential questions about the stories we are told and the perspectives these stories are told from.”

Other nominees for 2019:
Shelter (dir. Enrico Masi; Italy, France)
Nominated by CPH:DOX

In Touch (dir. Pawel Ziemilski; Poland, Iceland)
Nominated by Docs Against Gravity FF

Cinema Morocco (dir. Ricardo Calil, Brazil)
Nominated by DOK Leipzig

Behind Our Eyes (dir. Anton Bialas; France)
Nominated by FIDMarseille

Kiruna – A Brand New World (dir. Greta Stocklassa; Czech Republic)
Nominated by Ji.hlava IDFF

That Which Does Not Kill (dir. Alexe Poukine; Belgium, France)
Nominated by Visions du Réel

Jury 2019:
Czech Republic: Kamila Boháčková (Dok.revue)
Denmark: Pernille Lystlund Matzen (Skuelyst)
France: Nanako Tsukidate (Nobody Magazine)
Germany: Julia Weigl (Süddeutsche Zeitung, Münchner Feuilleton)
Poland: Jakub Majmurek (Krytyka polityczna)
Portugal: Tiago Santos (Sábado)
Switzerland: Christian Jungen (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

Doc Alliance Selection Award is brought by seven European documentary festivals: CPH:DOX, Doclisboa, Docs Against Gravity FF, DOK Leipzig, FIDMarseille, Ji.hlava IDFF, Visions du Réel.


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