Premio del Consiglio d'Europa (FACE)

Il Premio del film del Consiglio d'Europa viene consegnato in occasione del Festival internazionale del film di Istanbul a un regista in grado di sensibilizzare il pubblico su questioni relative ai diritti dell'uomo e contribuire a farne comprendere meglio l'importanza.

Il Premio rende infatti omaggio a un film o a un documentario che promuove i diritti dell'uomo, in linea con i valori del Consiglio d'Europa e con i principi di libertà individuale, libertà politica e stato di diritto.

Il Premio FACE consiste in una scultura in bronzo (creazione di Freddy Ruhlman, intitolato "Spirale de l'élévation") e in un premio monetario di 10 000 euro, finanziato dalla Direzione della Comunicazione del Consiglio d'Europa e da Eurimages, il Fondo a sostegno del cinema europeo, per un totale di 5 000 euro ciascuno.

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FACE Film Award was given to the film Mediterranea, directed by Jonas Carpignano

The film El Abrazo de la Serpiente / Embrace of the Serpent, directed by Ciro Guerra won the Special Mention

Mediterranea is a sensitive and realistic account of the dangers, suffering and injustices faced by sub-Saharan migrants who end up in Europe.  Harsh working conditions, precarious living conditions and modern slavery infused by ambient racism all gradually feed feelings of rebellion.  Violence and confrontation are brewing…

 The Embrace of the Serpent clearly and poetically conveys the message that colonialism does not just strip the conquered peoples of their wealth and possessions at the cost of the shameless destruction of their natural resources; it steals their culture from them and destroys their identity. “Unless we force the white man to understand us, we will be doomed; it will be the end of everything.”

The 2016 Audentia Award for best female director was presented to Anca Damian (The Magic Mountain) during the closing ceremony of the 35th Istanbul Film Festival Eurimages. The award, a cash prize of 30 000 euros, has been instigated by Eurimages alongside a raft of other measures to promote greater gender equality in the European film industry.