Rio de Janeiro, 12th May 2015 - Five Yellow Oscar Awards went to films from France, Spain, Ukraine, USA and Germany/Denmark.
The International Uranium Film Festival was held this year for the first time in Quebec City and Montreal. During nine days, between April 15th to 24th, the festival screened more than 40 documentaries and movies about nuclear power, from uranium mining to nuclear power plants, atomic bombs and atomic waste. The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) was the major partner for this year’s festival in Canada, which drew some serious star power, with Quebec superstar Karine Vanasse and Hollywood actor/environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. in attendance for the Festival´s opening gala.
“We have seen that the more people learn about uranium and the nuclear chain, and the more we listen to the stories of those who have been affected by this industry, the more we are convinced that the risks brought by uranium are simply unacceptable, both today and for future generations", stated Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come. In addition he personally thanks the festival founder und general director Norbert G. Suchanek for his hard work and creative vision: "We were honoured to host the International Uranium Film Festival in Quebec." The Festival´s jury has now selected five of the in Quebec screened films to receive the Festival´s Yellow Oscar Awards 2015.
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
ARE VAH !
France | 2014 | 71’| Documentary.
Director: Micha Patault and Sarah Irion | Producer:
Antoine Cayrol. Original Language: Hindi, English,
French | Subtitled Language: English and French
BEST FEATURE FICTION MOVIE
Ukraine | 2013 | 118’ | Fiction.
Director: Vitaliy Vorobyov | Producer: Victor Mirsky. Original Language: Russian | Subtitle
Language English and French, Film website: http://film.ua/en/production/filmsandseries/projects/241
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
LA COSA RADIACTIVA (THE RADIOACTIVE THING)
Spain, 30 min, 2013, Documentary, Directors: Sergio Galán and Alejandro Perez
Original Language: Spanish / Subtitled Languages: English / French
BEST SHORT FICTION MOVIE
SEVEN YEARS OF WINTER
Germany/Denmark/Ukraine | 2011/12 | 21’52” | Fiction. Director: Marcus Schwenzel Producer:
Hans Henrik Laier and Marcus Schwenzel. Original Language: Russian, English subtitles
SOCIAL CONSCIENCE YELLOW OSCAR 2015
THE RETURN OF NAVAJO BOY
USA 2000/2008, 57 min and 15 min Epilogue,
Documentary, Director: Jeff Spitz, Produced
by Jeff Spitz and Bennie Klain
The next International Uranium Film Festivals this year are planned in Rio de Janeiro, July 9th to 19th in the Cinemateque of Rio de Janeiro’s Modern Art Museum (www.mamrio.org.br/cinemateca) and in Berlin, September 24th to 30th. 2015, in the Brotfabrik Filmtheatre (www.brotfabrik-berlin.de).
About the Yellow Oscar
The Yellow Oscar is a piece of art produced by Brazilian waste material artist Getúlio Damado, who lives and works in the famous artist quarter Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro where the first International Uranium Film Festival was held in May 2011. Getúlio creates the "Yellow Oscar" from waste material, that he finds in the streets of Santa Teresa. He uses also old watches to remember the first atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima. Watches in Hiroshima stopped exactly at 8:15 in the morning when the A-bomb exploded on August 6th, 1945.