The Solothurn 2021 Prize awarded to “Mare”, by Andrea Staka –

“Mare” wins the Solothurn 2021 Prize, the main award of the 56th Solothurn Days. Andrea Staka’s film is about the emotional universe of a woman, shared between her family and her freedom. He is one of the nominees for the Swiss Film Prize.

The fiction of the Lucerne director “looks like a documentary or reality itself” that she nevertheless exceeds to reach an “existential truth”, greets the jury composed of the theater director Anne Bisang, the director Markus Imhoof and writer Meral Kureyshi. Andrea Staka received the prize of 60,000 francs on Tuesday evening.

“Mare” (“Sea”) celebrated its premiere at the Berlinales in February 2020. Its screening in Swiss cinemas was interrupted by the first semi-containment linked to the pandemic. In Solothurn, the feature film won over 13 other works, documentaries for the most part and directed by women for the most part.

It is nominated for the Swiss Cinema Prize in the categories “best film”, “best screenplay” and “best sound”. The “Quartz” of the Swiss Film Academy will be awarded on March 26. In 2006, Andrea Staka won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Festival for her film “Das Fräulein” (“The Young Lady”).

The Audience Award at “Beyto”

The Prize for the best first work (“Opera prima”), endowed with 20,000 francs, goes to the film in German dialect “Von Fischen und Menschen” (“Fish and human beings”), by Stephanie Klemm. Convincing in its frankness and authenticity, this fiction tells the story of a single mother who operates a small trout farm in a remote valley of the Jura and whose life is disrupted by a tragic event.

Third great Solothurn award, the Audience Prize, also endowed with 20,000 francs, is awarded to “Beyto”. Gitta Gsell’s film follows the journey of a young “secondo” of Turkish origin, whose parents want to marry a young girl in their village of origin. The young man, however, falls in love with a Swiss. He must choose between the support of his family and his own identity.

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Women in the spotlight of the online festival

Thus, the three main award-winning films are the work of female directors. Women took center stage at this 56th edition of the Journées de Solothurn.

The Swiss Film Festival ends Wednesday. By then, moviegoers will have been able to discover 170 films at home. A thousand virtual tickets were on sale per online session. In addition, the opening film “Atlas” aired last Wednesday on television channels RTS2, SRF2 and RSI La 2, along with an interview with its director. Debates, Master Class and the “Workshop” section were organized on the internet.

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