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 PIMFF 2020 – AWARD WINNERS

  BEST PICTURE

The Silhouette (2020)

Country: Iran, Philippines

Duration: 79 minutes

Language: Persian  

Synopsis:

At the height of the USSR’s invasion of Afghanistan in 1982, 1.5 million Afghans took a long journey to the border of Iran to flee war. TAGHI, born after that generation, and unwilling to inherit the limitations of his parents’ refugee status, navigates outside the protective walls of his family to trace his identity and the doors to his future in the homeland he never knew. As war continues to rage in Afghanistan, what future awaits him in which land?

 

 

Directed by Afsaneh Salari

Afsaneh Salari is an Iranian director, producer, and editor. She has a BA in editing from Tehran University of Art, a MA in creative directing from Paris 8 University, and a MA in documentary directing from Docnomads joint masters. Afsaneh is the co-founder of Docmaniacs collective of filmmakers in Iran since 2015, a collective that accompanies other filmmakers from the region in order to help produce independent documentary films.

 

BEST PICTURE – AUDIENCE AWARD

Pamir to Karakoram (2020)

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 61 minutes

Language: English

Synopsis:

Let us take you on a journey across two of the wildest highways in the world: the Pamir and Karakoram Highways. We will take you through Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Western China, and Pakistan, along the two highest international roads on the planet. Travel by bicycle across breathtaking landscapes, encounter some of the world’s most isolated populations and experience their cultures, cycle over passes above 4,650m, and descend on broken, muddy roads, all without leaving the comfort of your own home.

 

Directed by Antoine and Clare Cottet

We are a Scottish/French couple who are always on the lookout for our next adventure. This trip combined our love of cycling, mountains, remote places, and interacting with people. We knew this was a once in a lifetime journey (or so we thought…), and so Antoine, a passionate photographer already, decided it was time to take on the challenge of making his first film. All of the footage was shot by Antoine (or by me under his direction) and he was also heavily involved in the post-production process.

BEST PICTURE – ENVIRONMENT & CULTURE CATEGORY

Dialogue Earth (2019)

Country: Germany

Duration: 75 minutes                     

Language: English

Synopsis:

Featuring incredible photography of spellbinding landscapes, extensive archival footage and a soundtrack by the Oscar nominated artist Hauschka, Hank Levine’s latest documentary Dialogue Earth accompanies the internationally acclaimed earth painter Ulrike Arnold on her expedition into the wilderness of southern Utah.

 

 

 

Directed by Hank  Levine

Hank was born in Bonn, Germany, and his Berlin-based production company Hank Levine Film GmbH was founded in 1995. Hank produced the Lucy Walker directed the documentary “Waste Land” ( 2010, “Lixo Extraordinario”) Academy Award Nominee for best feature length documentary, and the Maggie H. West directed “War Zone” (1998), as well as the feature films “Rosa Morena” (2010, nominated for Best Danish Film/Robert Award) by Carlos Oliveira, “Praia do Futuro” (2014, “Futuro Beach”) by Karim Aînouz and “City of God” (2003, “Cidade de Deus”) by Fernando Meirelles, Academy Award Nominee for best director, best-adapted screenplay, best editing and best cinematography.

The 6th Pakistan International Mountain Film Festival will be held online from December 25 to 27, 2020. 

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