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37 Seconds by HIKARI
37 Seconds by HIKARI

The 21st Panorama Audience Awards of the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival went to 37 Seconds for best fiction film and Talking About Trees for best documentary. The awards are presented by the Berlinale Panorama  section.

Yuma is 23 and a wheelchair user on account of cerebral palsy. But the comic book artist can certainly hold a pencil. Determined to live life on her own terms – and at arm’s length from her overprotective mother – she stumbles across manga porn. Born in Osaka, Japan, HIKARI studied film and TV production at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.  With her short films she received numerous awards at festivals all over the world. 37 Seconds is her first feature.

In an attempt to revive an old cinema in Sudan, four friends encounter insurmountable resistance. The film, which focuses on the history of Sudanese cinema, also sheds light on the current situation in this crisis-ridden country. Born in Sudan in 1979, Suhaib Gasmelbari lived there until the age of 16. He studied film at the Université Paris 8 in France and worked as a freelance cameraman and editor for Al Qarra, Al Jazeera and France 24. He has written and directed many short fiction films and documentaries.  Talking About Trees is his first feature-length documentary.

This year Panorama presented 45 feature-length films from 38 countries, of which 15 screened in the Panorama Dokumente series.

Panorama Audience Award Winner Fiction Film 2019
37 Seconds
Japan 2019

2nd place Panorama Audience Award Fiction Film 2019
Šavovi (Stitches)
Serbia / Slovenia / Croatia / Bosnia and Herzegovina 2019
by Miroslav Terzić

3rd place Panorama Audience Award Fiction Film 2019
Australia 2019
by Rodd Rathjen

Talking About Trees by: Suhaib Gasmelbari
Talking About Trees by Suhaib Gasmelbari

Panorama Audience Award Winner Panorama Documentary 2019
Talking About Trees

France / Sudan / Germany / Chad / Qatar 2019
by Suhaib Gasmelbari

2nd place Panorama Audience Award Panorama Documentary 2019
Midnight Traveler
USA / United Kingdom / Qatar / Canada 2019
by Hassan Fazili

3rd place Panorama Audience Award Panorama Documentary 2019
Shooting the Mafia
Ireland / USA 2019
by Kim Longinotto

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