Award Ceremony

15.07.2016, 15:38
phot. Mateusz Bral

The prize is handed over to the winner of the BRAVE: Forbidden CINEMA competition section!

Guatemalan "Ixcanul" directed by Jayro Bustamante won the BRAVE: Forbidden CINEMA competition section. The movie received the most votes from viewers, winning the GRAND PRIX award - 4000 euro.

The prize was handed over to Katarzyna Mikołajczak, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Guatemala, who was present at the Award Ceremony.

The film's director, Jayro Bustamante told the audience what he plans to do with the prize.



Pictures from the Award Ceremony in GALLERY


dir. Jayro Bustamante, Gwatemala, France, 2015, 100 min.

The Kaqchikel Indian tribe lives at the foot of a still active volcano that spreads around its half-magical aura. In this place, on the sidelines of Guatemalan society, the Mayans speak their own language and cultivate old traditions. We get to know them, as we watch very young Mary being prepared to be married to a rich man. But her heart beats for someone else. What will she do, when her beloved flees abroad, leaving her pregnant? The directorial debut of Jayro Bustamante caused a sensation around the world, winning awards at festivals from Cartagena to the Berlinale. The author wanted to maintain a full consistency with the actual lifestyle of Kaqchikel peoples who had shown their world to him. As he said: “The film was created from stories of various persons, not only those taking part in the movie, but also the ones I got to know on my grandfather's coffee plantation. The meaning of the film emerges slowly, through a contemplation of images of nature. In Guatemala, it is nature that sets the rhythm of life. We tried not to feast on its beauty or not to create a brochure for tourists. Thus, we had to discard some shots, as we thought they were too blissful.” Ixcanul also shows the dark side of the country, full of contempt, racial segregation, exploitation – the aftermath of colonialism.


The Forbidden Cinema competition is a completely new undertaking and makes up the most important segment of Brave Festival. The section consists of 7 exceptional, carefully-selected works from around the world – from Guatemala to Mali. Although none of them have been screened in Poland for a broader audience, they have stirred up attention around the world, won awards at major international film festivals, gained admiration, and provoked discussions.

The films in the competition, brave in form or in subject matter, present various dimensions of exclusion; they tackle sensitive issues and break taboos. Some of them were created by dissident artists, such as the Russian Oleg Mavromatti (No Place for Fools), others support the struggle for being able to freely direct one's own feelings, regardless of tribal traditions (Tanna) or health (Paris 05.59). Other works deal with music forbidden in Iran (Raving Iran) or Mali (They Will Have To Kill Us First), or portray forbidden, or “illegal”, people – those excluded from the modern world. We will see them for example in the famous, Golden Bear-winning Fuocoammare / Fire at Sea, or the poetic Ixcanul, which touches on human trafficking in Guatemala.