Katarzyna Klimkiewicz and Dominga Sotomayor were awarded as the best international directors of the 11th Femina Women's Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro.
In justifying their decision to award the Island's directors, the jury noted the film's “brilliant filmmaking” and “use of documentary film language in a fiction film”, adding that the film “joins a reminiscent time with future time.”
The Island is inspired by Wisława Szymborska's Road Accident and tells the story of a family that meets in a house on the island of Chiloe. Remembering the times they spent together, they wait for the missing guests...
“I wanted to show the complexity of family relationships. I was always interested in ordinary everyday situations, but seen from an outside perspective, which generates a kind of discomfort. It’s interesting how something ordinary can also seem very weird” says Dominga Sotomayor.
The Island was brought into being as part of the DOX: LAB project at the CPH: DOX festival in Copenhagen, which involves the financing of films made jointly by artists from different countries and continents. Filming took place in April 2013 on the island of Chiloe. Inti Briones (The Loneliest Planet) stood behind the camera while Katarzyna Klimkiewicz and Chilean director Dominga Sotomayor (From Thursday to Sunday) directed.
“This film is an experiment for me: we are showing the world not from the perspective of a person, but an island that lives its own life. I wanted to capture a certain state of anxiety, a sense of danger and helplessness towards something that cannot be named” – says Katarzyna Klimkiewicz.
The award in Brazil is another distinction for the directors of The Island. Earlier Katarzyna Klimkiewicz and Dominga Sotomayor won, among others, the Canon Tiger Award for Best Short Film at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam and the Grand Prize at Huesca festival. Thanks to this latest prize, Klimkiewicz and Sotomayor may be able to contend for an Oscar for best short film.
The Femina International Women's Film Festival is an event which aims to promote the work of women in cinema and culture and supports the most interesting of the new directors in world cinema. Its 11th edition was held from 11-19 July 2014 in Rio de Janeiro.
For more information visit the official festival website.
Source: Polish Film Institute, Femina 2014, own materials, ed. BS.
Translated by Alexander Sikorski, July 2014