WINNERS - February 2018

3rd Edition of the European Cinematography AWARDS

Best Film of the Month

TITLE: By Blood


DIRECTOR: Guillaume Enard & Jonathan Delerue


ABOUT THE FILM: Once a ruthless war lord who won his land by his sword, Mort-Lieu is now a sick old man. A mysterious knight appears ; Mort-Lieu believes the stranger is Death himself coming to get him. Facing his own end, Mort-Lieu has to confront his legacy.

Director Statement

As filmmakers we are fascinated with The Dark Ages. Back then, human life was worthless, social and politic life were based on inequality and absolutely devoid of ethics and morals as we understand them today. The right to be, to bear your name and to breath to the venerable age of 40 are the main rewards of a daily fight. Death, also known as La Carnade in France, is one reality that everyone share : Peasants, Kings, Soldiers, Men of God and Heretics as well. The weakest fights a losing battle while the strongest finds in Death a way to rise socially. Our main character, the Lord of Mort-Lieu is one of the latter. Born an illegitimate child, he won his name and his land by his sword. Angry and revengeful, resolved to prove his worth, Mort-Lieu is a man of his time, a ruthless man. Until now…

The lord of war is now a sick old man. As he stares into Death’s eyes he learns about fear. A mysterious knight appears and Mort-Lieu believes he is the grim Reaper himself coming to get him. In the fading twilight of his life Mort-Lieu picks his ultimate and already lost fight, and feels the need to look back at what he has accomplished. What is his legacy ? His castle built on a rocky spear ? His legitimate and despicable son who never experienced the rush of fighting and bloodshed ? The bastard emblems that cover his coat of arms ? Facing none other than himself, it is now with his last duel that Mort-Lieu understands the value of life.

To capture our vision of the Dark Ages on film and increase Mort-Lieu’s distress, we think of PAR LE SANG as a medieval western. Scenography and weaponry of this time allow us to enhance our story’s themes with a strong visual signature, they extend our characters’ psychological depth to the point where violence is the way of showing how they feel. PAR LE SANG is a touching and universal tale which allows us to show how the awareness of death encourage us to live. It’s about the end of an era, Heredity and Redemption, and the final stand off is the metaphoric resolution for the eternal father and son conflict.

Because Mort-Lieu is a cornered man we keep him caught between a rock and a hard place, stuck in his armor and entrapped in the frame. It is significant to us that the audience embraces our hero’s realization : he can not hide away from his fate. With the idea of strengthening Mort-Lieu’s suffering, the mysterious knight is always seen from his point of view, as an enigma that we will solve with him throughout the film. Mort-Lieu’s last journey is the guiding thread that links all of our narrative and artistic choices.

We are not women and men of the Dark Ages ; nevertheless, there is a bit of Mort-Lieu in each of us.


The Best Film of the Month has the Official Selection to Golden Eagles AWARDS and guaranteed screening in the cinema.The rest films for the live screening jury will select from all Winners during a year. We will present the full list of selected films until the Notification Date.

 

All Winners of the Categories:

The best films. Congratulations to All Filmmakers !!!

By Blood

By Blood

3 AWARDS
Guillaume Enard & Jonathan Delerue

Quantum Earth

Quantum Earth

BEST WEB/TV SERIES
FREDERIC EGER

White Wolves

White Wolves

BEST SHORT FILM
Sarah Koteles

Cincuenta y Cinco

Cincuenta y Cinco

BEST STUDENT FILM
Vincent Groos

Sans Titre

Sans Titre

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Andie Heyer

TOLET

TOLET

BEST INDIE FILM
Chezhiyan Ra

The Radicalization of Jeff Boyd

The Radicalization of Jeff Boyd

BEST ACTOR
Uwe Schwarzwalder

Audio Force One, “Black Eyes”

Audio Force One, “Black Eyes”

2 AWARDS
Emma Tomelty

Chrysalis

Chrysalis

BEST SILENT FILM
Davide Como

Three and a Half

Three and a Half

BEST FEATURE FILM
Dar Gai (Daria Gaikalova)

Thank you for pretty amazing films and congratulations to all winners. We are waiting for your next films.

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