The Award-Winners

Hanne Klaas, Eva Maschke and Maria Goinda

Directors of photography and jury members Sophie Maintigneux, Daniela Knapp and Stephanie Hardt have finished their viewing and their discussions. They have decided to award two documentary features with the main award of 2.500 Euro each:

Eva Maschke for Frauenzimmer (Saara Aila Waasner, Germany 2009, 75')
Christel, Paula and Karolina work in the oldest trade in the world and are considered to be »ready for the scrap-heap«.
Frauenzimmer tells of three Berlin women of advanced age who make a living in the sex trade. They are not interested in justifying themselves or in showing off. Their widely varied personalities reveal the very different ways that they look on prostitution and why they decided to take up this career. With pride, self-confidence, sometimes with no words, sometimes very verbally and humorously, they show what this work means to them and how much love they have that is not for sale.
The documentary gives an insight into three extraordinary life stories, and into in part surprisingly bourgeois everyday lives.

Jury statement:
Three women in negligées in their Berlin apartments. They are all over 45 and work as prostitutes. Without being voyeuristic or making judgments, the camera portrays their everyday lives with a self-assured gaze. It subtlety captures an otherwise hidden moment of waiting. Eva Maschke manages to show the banality of everyday life in a way that is anything but banal. She displays a talent in making use of the available light, and in the interview sequences she sets the light to create some very atmospheric images. We can sense a good and trusting cooperation between the director of photography and the film director, who maintain the dignity and beauty of the protagonists at all times.

Eva Maschke was born in 1976 in Cologne. After training to be a physiotherapist, she did various internships in the field of film, and worked for SWR Baden-Baden as a material and camera assistant. From 2002 to 2007, she studied camera/cinematography at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy, graduating with the film Ohne Halt. For the documentary Roaming Around (directed by Brigitte Bertele) she was awarded the German Directors of Photography Award in 2007. She works as a freelance camerawoman and filmmaker.

Hanne Klaas for Ole (Hanne Klaas, Germany 2011, 102)
18 years after the suicide of her brother Ole in 1991, Hanne Klaas decides to make this film, thus breaking the silence that had surrounded the family until then. The film describes the everyday life of a family with many children, contrasting the present day situation with the past. The house is empty, the parents are divorced, the children are stuck in their own lives, everything has changed. And yet this experience is still very close and is expressed in detailed descriptions of the night the death occurred, and the time directly after this. The brother and son who are not present are expressed through prose text and diary entries.

Jury statement:
The outer view of a family house at dusk. Night slowly falls. Over this static, 5-minute long shot, a voice talks about the death of a child. We are already captivated by the film. We are slowly immersed in the story and we experience how the family members personally deal with loss and with their grieving. Not everything is explained immediately. Half shadows, darkness, high contrast are the stylistic methods used by Hanne Klaas. This consistently applied visual layer provides a projection surface for our emotions. In very personal interview sequences the director of photography and filmmaker also demonstrates her high visual aspirations. Clearly composed images, a precise aperture selection, precisely lit. This turns a personal story into a cinema experience.

Hanne Klaas is born in 1982 in Siegen. In 2005, she begins studying audiovisual media/camera at the Beuth Hochschule, Berlin. She spends 2007/8 in Canada, where she does a 5-month internship at Clairmont Camera, studies film for a term at Simon Fraser University / School for Contemporary Arts and makes experimental video works and installations. In 2010, she graduates from her course in Berlin with the documentary film Ole. She is currently studying European film and media studies in Weimar, Lyon and Utrecht.

Special Mention for:
Maria Goinda and Cartonera (Maria Goinda, Germany/Argentina 2010, 35')
Marlen is eight years old. Every day she travels with her brother Roberto, her sister Tamara and her boyfriend Polaco from the suburban slums to the city of Buenos Aires. Until long after midnight, the children gather reusable material such as paper, cardboard boxes, plastic bottles. Working as Cartoneros in the rubbish dumps is the only way for Marlen and her sisters to support their family. An unimaginably hard life, but Marlen nevertheless has a dream – she wants to live in the Stadt der Kinder [City of Children], where different rules prevail: ».. that all children have a mother and a father, that all parents give their children something to eat, that all children have a home, that no child has to work any longer in the street«. Cartonera chronologically presents a day in the life of these children, seen from their eye level.

Jury statement:
Children collecting wastepaper on the streets of Buenos Aires. Maria Goinda accompanies these children with a calmness and composure that can be seen in her outstanding hand-camerawork. In this type of documentary situation which cannot be controlled, she manages to create an adequate visual language. Her camerawork brings us very close to the children, giving an insight into their strategies for survival.

Maria Goinda was born in 1977 in Dortmund. After studying German at the Ruhr-University, Bochum, she took a course in media design for sound and image. From 2002 to 2009, she studied at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts in the department of Design Film/Television, interrupted in 2004 by study abroad at the Instituto del Cinematographer in Buenos Aires. Cartonera is her graduate film. In her films she concentrates on issues from social border areas. Cartonera is accordingly intended to be part of a series campaigning for the rights of children.