The Borge Ring Award 2017
Jury: Claudia Bille Stræde (DK), Tobias Gundorff Boesen (DK) and Juliette Viger (FR)
"Nothing Happens" by Uri and Michelle Kranot (DK)
The jury said:
"The winner of this year’s ”Børge Ring Award” goes to a film with a lot of odds against it.
At first it seems like a very difficult film to watch, with it’s painfully slow pacing, old eastern european film look and seemingly historical topic. In terms of a narrative, it doesn’t give you much to hold on to.
But then something happens.
You realise that you’re not only watching the film,you’re right in the center of it. Something is going on, but what?
It uses its traditional techniques with elegance, simplicity and confidence. Everything works together. It’s classical, yet refreshingly conceptual.
And most importantly: It doesn’t judge. It doesn’t try to manipulate you. Like a mirror, it gently shows you yourself and asks you to reflect on your own role and responsibility in a world flooded with conflicts and trauma.
A world where horrors STILL unfolds before our eyes while we stand by passively watching, perhaps evenunwillingly participating.
It in that sense, the frustration of watching this film, becomes the point.
It’s a cry for reflection, perhaps even action. But nothing happens.
This years Børge Ring Award goes to ”Nothing Happens” by Michelle and Uri Kranot."