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UNICA - the amateur film festival where nations compete - visited South Korea in 2006. Every UNICA festival is a mix of fun (outings and events) and films. For details of the fun - click here.
UNICA 2006 - FESTIVAL FILMS
UNICA screened 25 national programmes this year, a total of 112 films. In addition 32 movies took part in the World Minute Movie Cup competition. The jury was chaired by Jeanne Glass (France) and included Laura Asti (Italy), Zuzana Skoludova (Slovakia), Ctirad Stipl (Czech Republic), Hassan Dezvareh (Iran), Chang Soo Ko (Korea) and Kees Tervoort (Netherlands). They gave: 5 Gold Medals, 12 Silver Medals and 24 Bronze Medals:
Gold Medal Winners
|Behind the Door (Spain) credited to"Els Ultims
Dinosaures" and actually directed by Jan Baca. It was photographed
by an Austrian colleague, Horst Hubbauer.
The story is of a lost love with flashbacks to their original wooing and parting. It concentrates on three women living quietly in their house until this reminder of a distant past appears.
|With Him (Iran) by Naghi Nemati
A mystery tale set in lonely, fog-covered mountain territory where giving a hitch-hiker a lift introduces our leading character to some strange goings on. At one point an accident investigation team appear through the rain all holding clear plastic capes over their heads and look more alien than Hollywood special effects could create.
|HWK the Maneater (France) by Daniel Ziegler (to see the
HWK is Hartmannswillerkopf, a rocky spur in the Vosges mountains. During World War I more than 30,000 soldiers died there - hence the title of this powerful film. Framed by a modern tour guide talking to a bunch of indifferent tourists, his passion on the subject blends into flashbacks scenes of recreated battle. By the end the tourists too are moved by the tragedy.
|Extinction Event (UK) by Alan Atkinson
Alan's aim to pack as many jokes as possible into this story about Earth threatened by an approaching comet, paid off with the loudest, most enthusiastic and prolonged applause I have ever heard at any festival. Luckily Alan was there to accept the cheers and seemed faintly flummoxed by the number of people who came up to him all week to praise the movie. When he received his medal half the audience stood and jumped up and down - a reference to action in the film.
|A Rather Different Year (Austria) by Karin & Bernhard
Popular film maker, Bernhard, gave up smoking on his 50th birthday and was diagnosed with lung cancer three months later. This brave film is how he responded. He records how he and Karin faced up to the situation, to chemotherapy and the removal of one lung. There is a painful honesty in it which left many of his friends and admirers shocked and tearful. Yet it has a positive message and a happy ending.
|Good Morning (Italy)
by Melo Prino
A superb re-working of the "reflection
|Brother is Waiting at the End of the Road (Poland)
by Waldemar Grzesik
A dark tale where a simple-minded blind man is sent
|Every End has a Beginning (Netherlands)
by Steven Geldof, Han Van Der Stok et al
The tale of a car accident.
|The Tell-Tale Heart (Germany)
by Annette Jung & Gregor Dashuber *
Edgar Allan Poe's story in lively animation.
|A Newly Made Bed (Sweden)
by Sebastian Agdur & Andreas Tillnert *
Stormy relationships and a good liar ...
|It's Not That I Know, That's Just The Way It Is (Croatia)
by Tanja Golic *
Basically a couple arguing about whether or not to
* film school
by Alan Colegrave
Drama telling of a tv style investigation
|Packin' It In (Netherlands)
by T. Off Producties
She finds it hard to accept that the
|African Patchwork (Italy)
Animated re-telling of a child's story.
by Figen Ünsal
A young girl wanting a sexual awakening.
|In Golf We Trust (Argentina)
by Pablo Mazzeo y Gustavo Kaplan
Funny story set on the golf-course.
|Balkon Story (Czech Republic)
by Jirí Nebos
Will plausible lies help the lover
|Morning Is Coming Soon (Finland)
by Arttu Haglund
How do you feel about music
|Scream Room (Iran)
by Shaida Zarinfam
(to see it click here)
Animation about life and death.
|Black Hand, White Bread (Iran)
by Javad Mozdabadi (to see it click here)
Someone has to do the nasty jobs.
|Omega III (Sweden)
by K-G Stenborg
TV was never quite like this before!
by Mariana Cengel - Solcanská *
Stealing from a church is dangerous...
|Personal Space (Estonia)
by Leeni Linna (to see a trailer click here) *
A woman remembers her childhood and
|Madame Réve (Czech Republic)
by Hana Roguljicova
An animated doll.
|Urban Fangs (Tunisia)
by Marouen Meddeb
Dog and cock fights.
* film school
|Prix Fellini (for the best film about
human relationships) to Morgenrot (Dawn)
by Susanne Sturzenegger - Switzerland
A teenage girl is involved in neo Nazi
|2nd in the knock-out audience vote competition
for best one-minute movie:
Plan B by Clive Atkinson - UK
What happens when the airlock automatically
For details of our tour of South Korea click here.