We are glad to have a long-term partner in Fluentum from Berlin who, like us, is committed to contemporary art in the field Video and film inspires and artists are supported through exhibitions, co-productions and acquisitions for their own collection. At the opening of VIDEONALE.19, the Fluentum** Videonale Prize, which is endowed with 5,000 euros, will be awarded for the fourth time by an independent jury among all selected works.F
This year's winner of the Videonale Award by Fluentum goes to Esther Eliane Bots for her work "In Flow of Words"
→ Find out more about "In Flow of Words" here
`In this deeply touching film, we are witness to the experiences of three interpreters, who worked for the International Criminal Tribunal of former Yugoslavia in The Hague. In their recollections of the aftermath of the war and the crimes committed, they reflect on their position as supposedly objective and passive interpreters and the moment when this position becomes an impossibility.
Eliane Esther Bots makes a very convincing aesthetic choice to not visualize the suffering and cruelty of the war that is talked about explicitly in the film. It rather amplifies the often invisible agents of translation. Bots also employs various mediation techniques like mirrors and other reflective surfaces to shed light on larger historiographic processes.
Alongside the protagonists, we as viewers can ask ourselves: What does it mean to bear witness to and narrate such atrocities? How do we empathize, listen to, and take responsibility for the survivors and the dead? And in these moments, where does our agency lie?`
Earlier Award Winners
V1: Jean-Francois Guiton, Volker Anding, Herbert Wentscher
V2: John Adams, Dara Birnbaum, Llurex
V3: Woody Vasulka, Paul Garrin, Cecelia Condit
V4: David Larcher, Norbert Meissner
V5: Marina Gržinić & Aina Šmid, Ken Feingold
V6: Sadie Benning, Peter Callas
V7: David Larcher, Bill Seaman, Paul Bush, Jem Cohen
V8: Denis Beaubois
V9: Călin Dan
V10: Roland Schappert & Michael Ebmeyer
V11: Beate Geissler & Oliver Sann
V12: Manon De Boer
V13: Nate Harrison
V14: Christian Jankowski
V15: Shelly Nadashi
V16: Randa Maroufi
V17: Sohrab Hura
V18: Che-Yu Hsu
V19: Eliane Esther Bots
Find the works of former winners in Videonale's Online Video Archive as well as on each individual Festival Website.