Award-winning Filipino filmmaker Maria Ventura’s European debut ‘Deine Farbe (Your Color)’ continues to garner top honors with her most recent wins: Best German Feature Film at the Berlin Film Festival (Filmhaus) and Best Director at the Manhattan International Film Festival (IFFM).
At the same time, the Best Actor distinction was also awarded to Nyamandi Adrian at the IFFM while the Best Supporting Actor Mention was awarded to Jannik Schumann at the Filmhaus.
At last count, âDeine Farbeâ has already won 22 awards at film festivals across the continents of Asia, Australia, Europe and America, including the following: Best German Feature Film and Best Actor in a supporting role in Filmhaus Berlin 2021; Best Director and Best Actor at IFFM, New York 2021; First Prize at the Diorama International Film Festival, New Delhi, India 2021; Best Feature Drama, Best Director and Best Actor at the Queen Palm International Film Festival, Palm Springs 2021; Best Performer and Best Editing at the G Biennale, Australia, 2020; Best Director and Best Actors at Calella Film Festival Barcelona, ââ2020; Best Director and Best Narrative Feature at the Vegas Movie Awards, 2020; Best Ensemble Cast at Couch Film Festival, Los Angeles 2020; Best Director of Photography at the Canadian Cinematography Awards, 2021; Best feature film at the Canadian Cinematography Awards, 2021; Best Picture, Best Leading Actor and Best Supporting Actor at the Skiptown Playhouse Int’l Festival, Hollywood 2021; and recipient Ani ng Dangal, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Philippines 2021.
The film premiered last year at Hofer Filmtage, one of Germany’s top film festivals, and was a finalist at JellyFest in Los Angeles in 2021, while also landing on the list of official selections at the following prestigious international film festivals all over the world. world: Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, 2021; European Cinematography Awards, 2021; L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain 2021; New York Film Awards, 2021; Amerta Film Festival, Turkey 2021; Soho International Film Festival, New York 2020; Cardiff International Film Festival 2020; Festival Internacional de Cinema de Lleida Visual Art, Spain 2020; Lonely Wolf Film Festival, London 2020; New York Film Awards, 2020; Golden Film Prize, London 2020; Take off from Los Angeles; Paris Lift Off Festival 2020; and Cyrus Festival, Toronto 2020.
âDeine Farbe (Your Color)â is available to stream in 68 countries via Amazon Prime Video via this link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08W1F86FX?pf_rd_r=AHCNYPNXS5QMHV1JG9N2&pf_rd_p=89879054-2e37-4233-9fd7-bd5a93dd076a&pd_b521c=1c31c31
It is scheduled to air in the Philippines on WeTv and iFlix on December 8.
Of all the awards his film had received, Ventura said, âIf only to bring honor and pride to the country that I am so grateful to represent, these awards and accolades are enough motivation for me. I may speak only for myself, but in this industry where pragmatism is not exactly a priority, being recognized for your work helps to silence or alleviate deafening doubts. They encourage me to keep writing the stories that I feel compelled to tell even if it sometimes goes beyond reason. Having even one person who believes in your work can be the difference between sticking out or giving up altogether.
Ventura also revealed that she is close to completing the writing of her next feature film, “Luz Oscura (Dark Light)”, a psychological drama set in Mexico. The new film tells the story of Ines, a comely but weary and withdrawn woman from Mexico, who moves to Los Angeles in search of absolution after surviving a most heinous traumatic transgression. Her journey to deliverance and healing brings her into a disturbing confrontation with a painful truth that she believed to be long buried.
The new film is about a woman who overcomes trauma through empowerment and the awareness that the past does not define who you are or who you become. InÃ¨s transforms her pain into power by freeing herself from the chains that prevent her from taking her destiny in hand. The director hopes to complete filming within 2-3 years and create short films or music videos in between.
Ventura’s cinematic lens goes beyond being recognized for her talent. She says: âOf course, as a producer my initial wish was to recover, to find an audience as diverse as our own production team and to make a profit. But if I really think about it, for the most part my dream for âDeine Farbeâ has already been realized, which is to open doors for opportunities to collaborate with people from different backgrounds and to find harmony despite disparities in culture, values, language and thought processes. So I would like to think that whatever else we get out of it is already a bonus. “
When asked which quote she was most proud of: âI was proud to have previewed the film at Hofer Filmtage, an institution so respected in Germany among top directors. I was also honored to receive the Ani ng Dangal from NCCA this year. I would say that having won the award for best German feature film at the just concluded Filmhaus Fest was also a strong recognition, because it matched my goals as a filmmaker, which is to break down barriers and unite people. people through storytelling. For a Filipino production, winning the award for best German feature film was for me not just an accomplishment for the film, but a validation of why I got into the cinema.
“Deine Farbe (Your Color)”, written, directed and produced by Ventura, is a story of friendship between two young men who leave their German hometown for a freer life in majestic Barcelona, ââwhere fate and choice threaten their once unbreakable bond. It is a multicultural production from Europe, Asia and America. The movie stars established German actors Jannik SchÃ¼mann (The Aftermath and Monster Hunter) as Karl and Nyamandi Adrian (Tribes of Europa) as Albert, Juan Carlos Lo Sasso (Another Cloudy Day) in the role of Julio and Romina KÃ¼per (Baby Bitchka) in the role of Kristina.
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