Shana - The Wolf's Music Wins Three Major Awards at Goldener Spatz in Germany
June 10, 2015
Director Nino Jacusso receives the Goldener Spatz award (check out the trophy in his hand) on June 5th, 2015.
We are pleased to announce that our Swiss-Canadian coproduction Shana - The Wolf's Music won three major awards at the prestigious children's film festival "Goldener Spatz" in Erfurt, Germany on Friday June 5th, 2015.
The fictional film about a Canadian First Nations girl who comes to terms with the loss of her mother through the force of music, was released in Germany earlier this spring.
At the Goldener Spatz (Golden Sparrow) children's film and media festival, Shana won three major awards from three different juries:
Best Film - awarded by the children's jury
Best Screenplay - awarded by the board of MDR, the local public broadcaster
Best Direction - Nino Jacusso - awarded by the Thuringian State Chancellery
The jury based its decision for Best Film and Best Direction on the film's strong performances by the professional and lay actors, the exciting storyline and the important role of the violin score. They also loved how some scenes are told through the POV of a wolf and the convincing relationship between children and parents depicted in the film.
The Best Screenplay award, granted to Nino Jacusso, was justified because of the strong connection between story and score, as well as the plausible portrayal of a child coping with the loss of a parent. The jury emphasized the fact that the film was shot on location in Canada, with local First Nations as lay actors.
The awards come a few days prior to a free screening of the film at the Vancouver public library, in celebration of the upcoming National Aboriginal Day. The film is shown on June 14th, at 2:30 pm in the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch.