At the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, Sudanese film director Suhaib Gasmelbari won the 2019 Glashütte Original Documentary Award for Talking About Trees, which focuses on Sudanese film history. The prize was donated by a Saxony watchmaker and included a prize of 50,000 euros and was presented at the official awards ceremony at the Berlin Film Palace last Saturday night. This year, Glashütte Original still supports the 69th Berlin International Film Festival as a sponsor.
Director Suhaib Gasmelbari and producer Marie Balducchi pose for a trophy
Suhaib Gasmelbari, screenwriter, director and photographer of the award-winning film, was very excited when he gave his award speech and chose to speak for his fellow countrymen: ‘At this time, I want to convey the message of solidarity to the Sudanese people who are still struggling for freedom. ‘The filmmaker Marie Balducchi said:’ His creation is a masterpiece, it is a story about courage, friendship and movies. ‘
Members of the jury MariaBonsanti, MariaRamos and GregoryNava praised ‘Talk to the Tree’ for ‘an outstanding interpretation of film as an art form, a powerful tool for confrontation, and a common language.’ 17 documentaries nominated from different sections of the film festival This movie was selected.
The trophy of the Glashütte Original Documentary Awards has a special story. The figurine is 20 centimeters high and is handmade by Saxony watchmaker employees in brass, brushed stainless steel and acrylic resin. The trophy has the appearance of a cylindrical gear, like a film roll, symbolizing the many different aspects of the interconnection between the art of filmmaking and fine watchmaking. (Photo / text watch home Xu Chaoyang)