We are happy to present the 2021 winners of the Méliès d’argent in Lund. The films were selected by jury, Jakob Åsell, Johanna Holmin och Hussain Currimbhoy.
The Méliès d’argent short film goes to: HUNGRY JOE, United Kingdom, Directed by Paul Nicholas Holbrook, Sam Dawe
Motivation: Powerful claustrophobia delivered with sharp cinematography and incisive sound design. Explores the shame of not loving your own child – while managing to be both genuinely disgusting and a nightmarish vision delivered almost like a greek tragedy. Amazing interpretation of both the horrors of parenthood, post partum depression and consumer society.
Special mention: MIGRANTS, France, Directed by Hugo Caby, Antoine Dupriez, Aubin Kubiak, Lucas Lermytte and Zoé Devise
Motivation: A very well crafted mark against the migration politics in Europe. Especially vital use of imagery, reminding us of a drowned boy washed up on Europe’s shores recently. Gorgeous animation combines huge themes of climate change and migration, bringing them to life through the perspective of a cub. We honor this film for its near flawless storytelling and committed sense of style.
The Méliès d’argent feature film goes to: TEDDY, France, directed by Ludovic Boukherma & Zoran Boukherma
Motivation: Playful interpretation on the well loved werewolf genre, this brings charming quirkiness to tell a coming of age story in a precise and compelling way. We honor this special kind of weirdness that addresses the dilemma of ‘not belonging’ in a film that represents the arrival of an inventive and talented filmmaker.
Special mention: MARYGOROUND, Poland, directed by Daria Woszek
Motivation: We loved this inventive and courageous portrait of a woman who breaks free of what binds her, be it the ever watching eyes of christianity or patriarchy or even herself and her own suppressed sexuality. Such an Imaginative take on taboos like menopause and loneliness. A timely portrait, especially considering the current social climate of Poland.
Conratulations to the winners!