Diagonal 2022 – “Rimini” by Ulrich Seidl wins the prize for best feature film
“Rimini” by Ulrich Seidl – most recently in Interview with “Wiener Zeitung” honored as best feature film at Grazer Diagonale on Sunday. The prize for best documentary film went to Sabine Derfliner “Alice Schwarzer”. Each of the two main prizes is endowed with 19,000 euros. The acting awards for best performance by an Austrian actress and actor in a competition film went to Julia Windsbauer for “Para:dies” and George Friedrich for “Große Freiheit”.
For Rimini, Viennese filmmaker Seidl created the character of ramshackle pop singer Richie Bravo, as Michael Thomas. As an introduction and connection to a father’s mirror presence in an Austrian retirement home, the mother’s funeral took place in the Burgenland desert of Parndorf in the early winter of Rimini.
In Alice Schwarzer’s conversations with the now 79-year-old Schwarzer, she serves as a thread through which to piece together flashbacks, television clips and reflections on the person of Alice Schwarzer by fellow activists such as the philosopher Elizabeth Badinter or his wife Bettina Flettner.
“CERAL / Soy Claudia, soy Esther and soy Teresa. Soy Ingrid, soy Fabiola y soy Valeria” by Anna Spanlang was selected as the best original, experimental or animated film. There are 8500 euros for this. Valentin Stejskal won the Diagonale prize for the best short film for “17h00 Bord de mer” (€8,500). The film “Augusts Orte” by Valérie Pelet won the prize for the best short documentary film (6000 euros). The best short film (5500 euros) was “Everything is gone” by Jean Brazac.
Joanna Screenzi (“La grande liberté”) received 3,000 euros for the best feature film for artistic editing, and Dieter Bechler (“For the Many”) won the documentary part. Christel Fournier (“La grande liberté”) won the award for best image design for a feature film, while Judith Benedict, Thomas Voorhapter and Clémence Kocher (“Vivre ensemble”) took home awards in the Documentary category. Manuel Grandpierre also received the best sound design award of €3,000 for the feature film (“Luzifer”) and Andreas Hamza (“For the Many”) for the documentary.
The prize for best production design (€3,000) went to Oleg Prodeus, Andreas Sobotka and Martin Reiter for “Hinterland”. Tanja Hausner (“Rimini”) received the award for best costume design. The Outstanding Production Achievement award was split and, in fairness, went to FreibeuterFilm for “Hinterland” and “Große Freiheit” and WILDart FILM for “WOOD – Der geraubte Wald.” (Abbah)