‘Parasite’ by Anna and Wilhelm Sasnal and Tomasz Popakul’s ‘Ziegenort’ are the biggest winners of the latest Ars Independent as they received the Black Horse and the Black Horse of Animation awards.
After six days of screening nominated films, ‘Parasite’ was chosen “festival’s best film” and was presented with the Black Horse award. The jury consisting of Bruce LaBruce, Anna Nacher and Yann Gonzalez justified their verdict by calling Sasnals’ work as an ‘intense portrait of an alienated society, [awarding] its striking and pure aesthetics, its stark use of montage and mise-en-scene and its willingness to confront the audience’.
‘Parasite’ will have its Polish premiere on October 24th.
‘Ziegenort’, an universal tale about adolescence, was awarded the Dark Horse of Animation. The jury consisting of Mariolla Brillowska, Agnieszka Kowalewska-Skowron and Martin Kočiško decided that the Black Horse title will go to Tomasz Popakul’s piece, ‘for its personal look into the issues of a young man residing outside of the social borders of teenage code and its in-depth observation of the social game. For its color concept and consequence in building the film picture and maturely developed style of delivery’.
Additionally, the festival’s jury decided to hand out three special awards, to Lin Jiaxing (‘A Wolf in the Tree’), Péter Vácz (‘Rabbit and Deer’), and Ivana Šebestova (‘Snow’).
‘A Young Poet’, a film by French Daniel Manivel, was presented with a Student Award. Ivan I. Tverdovsky received the Black Horse Audience Award for his ‘Corrections class’; Péter Vácz’s ‘Rabbit and Deer’ was awarded with the Black Horse of Animation Audience Award.
It was the fourth edition of Katowice’s audio-visual festival which concentrates on various aspects of art, such as film, animation, music, and video games.