We were recently contacted by the crew behind Selva Rica, a creative community of artists, educators and media makers working to promote sustainable lifestyle. They had made a music video inspired by our previous film BANANAS!*. We think it is quite awesome.
Take a few minutes and enjoy this one. And please share!
Today the film premieres in Italy on the 30th Bellaria Doc Film Festival in Bellaria, near Rimini. We really hope the Italian audience likes the film as much as the Italian jury did, when it was rewarded for Best International Documentary & Best Film at MIFF Awards in Milano last month. Fredrik was present at the award ceremony and received a beautiful horse statue for his work, read more about this is our previous blog post.
After the premiere the film screens twice at Biografilm Festival in Bologna, Italy - the only international event entirely committed to promote and support biographies and life tales. You can read more about the screening dates and times in our Calendar.
Big Boys Gone Bananas!* has recieved amazing reviews from critics all over the world. But this critic puts the film into a film historic perspective and pours great quotes from heaven over the film. We blush and re-publish with permission from the writer.
Read the full article on "Read more" below.
"A must-see ENTERTAINMENT!!! It's thrilling, scary, absurdly funny and on a par with any ofthe aforementioned kick-ass 70s thrillers.
"Nothing makes my blood boil more than corporate, oligarchical steam-rolling, the more fascistic elements of political correctness, censorship and the squashing of free-speech."
"What follows in the film is like some kind of Kafka nightmare through the eyes of a David Lynchian dreamscape. It's unbelievably cruel, nasty and terrifying."
Fredrik Gertten was invited to Italy yesterday to receive the award for Best International Documentary at MIFF Awards in Milan. The film was screened to a closed jury last month and was nominated for both Best Documentary and Best Editing. Yesterday the winners was announced at a ceremony, where Fredrik received the prize with the motivation "For the courage to tell his own 'David & Goliath' story, involving the audience from the beginning on a hot pro-environment issue."
Fredrik Gertten at the award ceremony. Photo: MIFF Awards
Since March the film has received many prizes and great recognition from both jurys and audience. It won the Audience Award and The Rudolf Vrba Jury Award at One World Human Rights Film Festival in Prague, Czech Republic. It also won Best Documentary at Sarasota Film Festival in Florida, US. Among the audience it became the favourite at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, US and second favourite at Hot Docs in Toronto, Canada, where over 150 films was shown.
In Canada, there is lots of talk about Fredrik Gertten and his movie BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!*:
Fredrik has given a number of interviews this week, and if you were not able to see or listen to them live, check them out now instead.
Listen to the interview with Gertten on CBC's The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti, and watch the inteview on Business News Network.
Since we get a lot of questions about our financing situation, we decided to let producer of BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!*, Margarete Jangård, answer some of the most frequent questions we get.
Image taken from BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!*: In the midst of the controversy, Margarete recieved an aggresive letter with a provocative ending. Obviously the writer understood that a small production company will have problems surviving a fight with a bullying multinational.
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* returns to the US after the premiere at the prestegious Sundance Film Festival in January. On Thursday April 12 the film begins its three week tour and the first screening is set to Yale University in New Haven, followed by Sarasota Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durhamn and The Washington DC International Film Festival. In the beginning of May the film premieres in Canada at Hot Docs in Toronto followed by DOXA in Vancouver. Director Fredrik Gertten will attend all screenings.
For more details about the screenings, please visit the films screening calendar.
The Good Pitch Europe selection has been announced - and we're glad to say we are IN!
The Good Pitch brings together filmmakers with NGO's, foundations, philantropists, brands and media around leading social issues to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all - for the partners, the films and good for society.
We're in good company at the pitch - the international line up of filmmakers includes multi-award and Palme d’Or winner Ken Loach (Spirit of ’45), the Egyptian-American director of Control Room and Startup.com, Jehane Noujaim (The Square), Brazilian filmmaker and TED fellow Julia Bacha (My Neighbourhood). Also on the lineup are French director Florence Martin-Kessler (State Builders), Pekka Lehto with his project Kaputt and the UK/American directors of Call me Kuchu, Malika Zouhali-Worrall & Katherine Fairfax Wright.
You can read about the selected projects here.
The Good Pitch Europe takes place in London on the 25th of June and is organized by the BRITDOC Foundation together with numerous partners and friends. Read more about the big idea here.
More wonderful news! Among the winning films of this year's One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Prague, BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* takes the cake for both the Rudolf Vrba Award AND the Bageterie Boulevard Audience Award!
This is what the festival press release said:
“The film highlights the perseverance of human rights defenders and their fight against the dominating powers of international corporations that threaten freedom of speech. The film empowers citizen reporters, investigative journalists and the society to investigate wrongdoings and get involved in cross border issues. This film should be for sure screened in journalism schools,” said jury member Elena Milashina.
Our very proud and happy producer Margarete Jangård is in Prague today to recieve the awards. You can read all about the winning films here.
We've got some really great news!
The Bertha BRITDOC Fund for Journalism is an international film fund dedicated to supporting long form feature documentaries of a journalistic nature. These nice people have been impressed by Big Boys Gone Bananas!* and has granted us £10 000 to support our ongoing legal costs. From their site:
"We are looking for films that break the important stories of our time, expose injustice, bring attention to unreported issues and cameras into regions previously unseen. This new fund recognises such films are often delicate and protracted, making them difficult to fund. With a mission to enable in-depth analysis of issues through long-form investigative filmmaking, we are particularly looking to work with filmmakers with a journalistic background or those who are collaborating with journalists".
If you are curious about the other grantees and their films, you can read more about them here. Thanks a lot, BRITDOC!