Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

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Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Logo of the Jury œcuménique
Awarded forHonours works of quality which touch the spiritual dimension of our existence[1]
LocationVarious international film festivals
First awarded1973 (Locarno)
1974 (Cannes)
1978 (Nyon; now Interreligious Jury)
1979 (Montréal)
1992 (Berlin)
1994 (Karlovy Vary)
1994 (Leipzig DOK; now Interreligious Jury)
1995 (Mannheim-Heidelberg)
1998 (Fribourg)
1999 (Cottbus)
2000 (Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage)
2001 (Bratislava)
2001 (Zlín Children & Youth)
2007 (Yerevan)
2008 (Kyiv Molodist)
2010 (Warsaw)
2011 (Miskolc)
2015 (Saarbrücken)
2016 (Chemnitz Schlingel)
2019 (Faludi)
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The Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (French: Prix du Jury Œcuménique) is an independent film award for feature length films shown at major international film festivals since 1973. The award was created by Christian film makers,[citation needed] film critics and other film professionals. The objective of the award is to "honour works of artistic quality which witnesses to the power of film to reveal the mysterious depths of human beings through what concerns them, their hurts and failings as well as their hopes."[1] The ecumenical jury can be composed out of 8, 6, 5, 4 or 3 members, who are nominated by SIGNIS for the Catholics and Interfilm for the Protestants.[2] SIGNIS and Interfilm appoint ecumenical juries at various international film festivals, including Cannes Film Festival (where The Ecumenical Jury (French: Jury Œcuménique) is one of three juries at the film festival, along with the official jury and the FIPRESCI jury), Berlin International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.[1]


Cannes (since 1974)[edit]

Films from diverse countries have won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Cannes Film Festival. Most films having won the award are from European countries, with Italy, Germany and Poland dominating. Andrei Tarkovsky is the only director to have won three times. Samira Makhmalbaf was the first woman to win the award (followed by Naomi Kawase and Nadine Labaki). Samira's father Mohsen Makhmalbaf was the first director from a predominantly Muslim country.[citation needed] Countries that are not predominantly Christian that have won the award are Japan and the People's Republic of China.[citation needed] In 1998 a special award was given to Ingmar Bergman at Cannes film festival for his whole body of work.[3][4]

Year Film Director Country
1974 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Angst essen Seele auf) Rainer Werner Fassbinder West Germany
1975 The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle) Werner Herzog West Germany
1976 no award
1977 The Lacemaker (La dentellière) Claude Goretta France
1978 The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L'albero degli zoccoli) Ermanno Olmi Italy
1979 Without Anesthesia Andrzej Wajda Poland
1979 Stalker (Сталкер) Andrei Tarkovsky USSR
1980 The Constant Factor (Constans) Krzysztof Zanussi Poland
1981 Man of Iron (Człowiek z żelaza) Andrzej Wajda Poland
1982 The Night of the Shooting Stars (La notte di San Lorenzo) Paolo and Vittorio Taviani Italy
1983 Nostalghia Andrei Tarkovsky Italy
1984 Paris, Texas Wim Wenders West Germany
1985 The Official Story (La historia oficial) Luis Puenzo Argentina
1986 The Sacrifice (Offret) Andrei Tarkovsky Sweden
1987 Repentance (Monanieba) Tengiz Abuladze USSR
1988 A World Apart Chris Menges United Kingdom
1989 Jesus of Montreal Denys Arcand Canada
1990 Everybody's Fine (Stanno tutti bene) Giuseppe Tornatore Italy
1991 The Double Life of Véronique Krzysztof Kieślowski Poland
1992 The Stolen Children (Il ladro di bambini) Gianni Amelio Italy
1993 Libera me Alain Cavalier France
1994 To Live (活着 / Huozhe) Zhang Yimou China
1994 Burnt by the Sun (Утомлённые солнцем / Utomlyonnye solntsem) Nikita Mikhalkov Russia
1995 Land and Freedom Ken Loach United Kingdom
1996 Secrets & Lies Mike Leigh United Kingdom
1997 The Sweet Hereafter Atom Egoyan Canada
1998 Eternity and a Day Theodoros Angelopoulos Greece
1999 All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre) Pedro Almodóvar Spain
2000 Eureka Shinji Aoyama Japan
2001 Kandahar Mohsen Makhmalbaf Iran
2002 The Man Without a Past (Mies vailla menneisyyttä) Aki Kaurismäki Finland
2003 At Five in the Afternoon (Panj é asr) Samira Makhmalbaf Iran
2004 The Motorcycle Diaries (Los diarios de motocicleta) Walter Salles Brazil
2005 Hidden (Caché) Michael Haneke France
2006 Babel Alejandro González Iñárritu United States
2007 The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite) Fatih Akın Germany
2008 Adoration Atom Egoyan Canada
2009 Looking for Eric Ken Loach United Kingdom
2010 Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux) Xavier Beauvois France
2011 This Must Be the Place Paolo Sorrentino Italy
2012 The Hunt (Jagten) Thomas Vinterberg Denmark
2013 The Past (Le Passé, گذشته) Asghar Farhadi France, Iran
2014 Timbuktu Abderrahmane Sissako France, Mauritania
2015 Mia Madre Nanni Moretti Italy
2016 It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) Xavier Dolan Canada
2017 Radiance (光) Naomi Kawase Japan
2018 Capernaum (کفرناحوم) Nadine Labaki Lebanon
2019 A Hidden Life Terrence Malick United States, Germany
2021[5] Drive My Car Ryusuke Hamaguchi Japan
2022[6] Broker Hirokazu Kore-eda South Korea

Berlin (since 1992)[edit]

Year Film Director Country
1992 Infinitas (Бесконечность) Marlen Khutsiev Russia
1993 Le Jeune Werther Jacques Doillon France
1994 Ladybird, Ladybird Ken Loach United Kingdom
1995 Summer Snow (女人四十) Ann Hui Hong Kong
1996 Dead Man Walking Tim Robbins United States
1997 no award
1998 Central Station (Central do Brasil) Walter Salles Brazil, Brazil
1998 Cinema Alcázar (short film) Florence Jaugey France
1999 It All Starts Today (Ça commence aujourd'hui) Bertrand Tavernier France
2000 The Road Home (我的父亲母亲) Zhang Yimou China
2001 Italian for Beginners (Italiensk for begyndere) Lone Scherfig Denmark, Sweden
2002 Bloody Sunday Paul Greengrass Ireland
2003 In This World Michael Winterbottom United Kingdom
2004 Ae Fond Kiss… Ken Loach United Kingdom
2005 Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage) Marc Rothemund Germany
2006 Grbavica Jasmila Žbanić Bosnia and Herzegovina
2007 Tuya's Marriage (图雅的婚事) Wang Quan'an China
2008 I've Loved You So Long (Il y a longtemps que je t'aime) Philippe Claudel France
2009 Little Soldier (Lille soldat) Annette K. Olesen Denmark
2010 Honey (Bal) Semih Kaplanoğlu Turkey
2011 A Separation (جدایی نادر از سیمین) Asghar Farhadi Iran
2012 Caesar Must Die (Cesare deve morire) Paolo and Vittorio Taviani Italy
2013 Gloria Sebastián Lelio Chile
2014 Stations of the Cross (Kreuzweg) Dietrich Brüggemann Germany
2015 The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) Patricio Guzmán Chile
2016 Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) Gianfranco Rosi Italy
2017 On Body and Soul (Testről és lélekről) Ildikó Enyedi Hungary
2018 In the Aisles (In den Gängen) Thomas Stuber Germany
2019 God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya (Господ постои, името ѝ е Петрунија) Teona Strugar Mitevska Macedonia
2020 There Is No Evil (شیطان وجود ندارد) Mohammad Rasoulof Iran
2021 No award
2022 Geographies of Solitude Jacquelyn Mills Canada

Montréal (since 1979)[edit]

Year Film Director Country
1979 Night-Flowers Louis San Andres United States
1980 Sunday Daughters (Vasárnapi szülök) János Rózsa Hungary
1981 Sally and Freedom (Sally och friheten) Gunnel Lindblom Sweden
1982 Begin the Beguine (Volver a Empezar) José Luis Garci Spain
1983 The Go Masters (未完の対局) Ji-shun Duan, Junya Sato Japan
1984 Annie's Coming Out Gil Brealey Australia
1985 Power of Evil (Le pouvoir du mal) Krzysztof Zanussi France
1986 My Sweet Little Village (Vesničko má středisková) Jiří Menzel Czechoslovakia
1987 Farewell Moscow (Mosca addio) Mauro Bolognini Italy
1988 Salaam Bombay! Mira Nair India
1989 Last Images of the Shipwreck (Últimas imágenes del naufragio) Eliseo Subiela Argentina, Spain
1989 My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown Jim Sheridan Ireland
1990 Landscape with a Woman (Zena s krajolikom) Ivica Matic Yugoslavia
1991 War and Youth (戦争と青春) Tadashi Imai Japan
1992 Sofie Henri Nathansen Denmark
1993 The Long Silence (Il lungo silenzio) Margarethe von Trotta Italy
1994 Once Were Warriors Alan Duff New Zealand
1995 Deep River (深い河) Kei Kumai Japan
1996 Hamsun Jan Troell Norway, Denmark, Sweden
1997 Children of Heaven (بچه‌های آسمان) Majid Majidi Iran
1998 The Lighthouse (El faro) Eduardo Mignogna Argentina, Spain
1999 Goya in Bordeaux (Goya en Burdeos) Carlos Saura Spain
2000 Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (علي زاوا) Nabil Ayouch Morocco
2001 Abandoned (Torzók) Arpád Sopsits Hungary
2002 The Last Train (El último tren: Corazón de fuego) Diego Arsuaga Uruguay, Argentina
2003 Gaz Bar Blues Louis Bélanger Canada
2004 The Syrian Bride (הכלה הסורית) Eran Riklis Israel
2005 Kamataki Claude Gagnon Canada, Japan
2006 A Long Walk (長い散歩) Eiji Okuda Japan
2007 Ben X Nic Balthazar Belgium, Netherlands
2008 Wolf (Varg) Daniel Alfredson Sweden
2009 The Truce (Waffenstillstand) Lancelot von Naso Germany
2010 Oxygen (Adem) Hans Van Nuffel Belgium
2011 David Joel Fendelman United States
2012 End of the No-Hunting Season (Ende der Schonzeit) Franziska Schlotterer Germany
2013 Life Feels Good (Chce się żyć) Maciej Pieprzyca Poland
2014 Cape Nostalgia (ふしぎな岬の物語) Izuru Narushima Japan
2015 The Midnight Orchestra (L'orchestre de minuit) Jérôme Cohen Olivar Morocco
2016 – 2019 no award

Locarno (since 1973)[edit]

Year Film Director Country
1973 The Illumination (Iluminacja) Krzysztof Zanussi Poland
1974 25 Fireman's Street (Tüzolto Utca 25) István Szabó Hungary
1974 27 Down Awtar Krishna Kaul India
1975 Noua Abdelaziz Tolbi Algeria
1976 Harvest: 3,000 Years (Mirt Sost Shi Amit) Haile Gerima Ethiopia
1977 The Guest: An episode in the Life of Eugène Marais Ross Devenish South Africa
1978 Baara Souleymane Cissé Mali
1979 Les petites fugues Yves Yersin Switzerland
1980 In for Treatment (Opname) Marja Kok, Erik van Zuylen Netherlands
1981 Chakra (चक्र) Rabindra Dharmaraj India
1982 Parti sans laisser d'adresse Jacqueline Veuve France
1983 The Planet 'Tailor' (Planeta krawiec) Jerzy Domaradzki Poland
1984 The Terence Davies Trilogy Terence Davies United Kingdom
1984 Tiznao Salvador Bonet, Dominique Cassuto de Bonet Venezuela
1985 Alpine Fire (Höhenfeuer) Fredi M. Murer Switzerland
1986 Lamb Colin Gregg United Kingdom
1987 With Love to the Person Next to Me Brian McKenzie Australia
1988 Family Viewing Atom Egoyan Canada
1989 Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (달마가 동쪽으로 간 까닭은?) Bae Yong-kyun South Korea
1990 Hush-a-Bye Baby Margo Harkin United Kingdom
1991 Cloud-Paradise (Облако-рай) Nikolai Dostal USSR
1992 Family Portrait (四十不惑) Li Shaohong China
1993 Bhaji on the Beach (भाजी ऑन द बीच) Gurinder Chadha United Kingdom
1994 Ermo (二嫫) Zhou Xiaowen China
1995 Sept En Attente Françoise Etchegaray France
1996 Honey and Ashes (Miel et cendres) Nadia Farès Switzerland, Tunisia
1997 The Crazy Stranger (Gadjo dilo) Tony Gatlif France
1998 Titanic Town Roger Michell United Kingdom
1999 Life Doesn't Scare Me (La vie ne me fait pas peur) Noémie Lvovsky France
2000 Father (爸爸) Wang Shuo China
2001 L'Afrance Alain Gomis France, Senegal
2001 Promises (special prize) Carlos Bolado, B.Z. Goldberg, Justine Shapiro United States
2002 The Cage (La cage) Alain Raoust France
2003 Silent Waters (خاموش پانی) Sabiha Sumar Pakistan
2004 Yasmin Kenneth Glenaan Germany, United Kingdom
2005 The Novena (La Neuvaine) Bernard Émond Canada
2006 Water (Agua) Verónica Chen Argentina, France
2007 The Yellow House (La maison jaune) Amor Hakkar Algeria, France
2008 Black Sea (Mar nero) Federico Bondi Italy
2009 Plato's Academy (Ακαδημία Πλάτωνος) Filippos Tsitos Greece
2010 Morgen Marian Crișan Romania
2011 Special Flight (Vol spécial) Fernand Melgar Switzerland
2012 A Lady in Paris (Une Estonienne à Paris) Ilmar Raag France, Belgium, Estonia
2013 Short Term 12 Destin Daniel Cretton United States
2014 The Fool (Дурак) Yuri Bykov Russia
2015 Paradise (ما, در بهشت) Sina Ataeian Dena Iran
2016 Godless (Безбог) Ralitza Petrova Bulgaria
2017 Lucky John Carroll Lynch United States
2018 Sibel Çagla Zencirci, Guillaume Giovanetti Turkey
2019 Maternal (Hogar) Maura Delpero Argentina

Karlovy Vary (since 1994)[edit]

Year Film Director Country
1994 Palms (Ладони) Artour Aristakisian Russia
1995 The Garden (Záhrada) Martin Sulík Slovakia, France
1996 Prisoner of the Mountains (Кавказский пленник) Sergei Bodrov Russia, Kazakhstan
1997 Forgotten Light (Zapomenuté světlo) Vladimír Michálek Czech Republic
1998 The Harmonists (Comedian Harmonists) Joseph Vilsmaier Germany
1999 A Reasonable Man Gavin Hood South Africa
2000 Big Animal (Duże zwierzę) Jerzy Stuhr Poland
2001 Chico Eduardo Rózsa Flores Hungary
2002 Cisza Michał Rosa Poland
2003 Babusya (Бабуся) Lidia Bobrova Russia
2004 Cavedweller Lisa Cholodenko United States
2005 Chinaman (Kinamand or 中国先生) Henrik Ruben Genz Denmark, China
2006 Destiny (El destino) Miguel Pereira Argentina
2007 Simple Things (Простые вещи) Aleksey Popogrebskiy Russia
2008 The Photograph Nan Achnas Indonesia
2009 Twenty (بیست) Abdolreza Kahani Iran
2010 Another Sky (Другое небо) Dmitry Mamuliya Russia
2011 Cracks in the Shell (Die Unsichtbare) Christian Schwochow Germany
2012 Camion Rafaël Ouellet Canada
2013 Bluebird Lance Edmands United States
2014 Corn Island (სიმინდის კუნძული) Giorgi Ovashvili Georgia
2015 Bob and the Trees Diego Ongaro United States
2016 The Confessions (Le confessioni) Roberto Andò Italy
2017 The Cakemaker (האופה מברלין) Ofir Raul Graizer Israel, Germany
2018 Redemption (גאולה) Joseph Madmony, Boaz Jonathan Yacov Israel
2019 Lara Jan-Ole Gerster Germany



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  3. ^ "Ingmar Bergman's Centennial: A Time to Celebrate Joy of Filmmaking". 22 June 2018.
  4. ^ "51st International Film Festival Cannes".
  5. ^ "Cannes Film Festival 2021: Full Winners List". Asia Tatler. 18 July 2021. Retrieved 28 May 2022.
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