Rwandan filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahozachas has been chosen as one of 15 filmmakers whose artistic films will premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, a platform that aspires to develop innovative filmmakers. He was selected for his recent movie, ‘Father’s Day,’ and is the only African filmmaker in the competition.
Ruhorahoza is most known for his feature film ‘Grey Matter,’ which won a Jury Special Mention at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival for Best Emerging Filmmaker and an Ecumenical Jury Special Mention at the 2011 Warsaw Film Festival.
He also won the Tübingen French Film Festival’s Grand Prize, the Cordoba African Film Festival’s Best Director and Signis Award, and the Khouribga African Film Festival’s Jury Special Prize in Morocco.
Berlinale Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian stated that the competition brings together writers from across the world after two years of being affected by global health efforts.
“After a year and a half of not-so-pleasant isolation, we are motivated by seeing that many filmmakers have chosen dialogue as the most appropriate form to transcend borders, distances, and confinements and are determined to keep mapping the land we called cinema.”
“We consider the competition as a thriving section and a haven for the community,” Carlo explained. “We have invited filmmakers who don’t see cinema as a predefined art form with a standard that must be met, but rather as a field in constant development – like the universe we live in.”
The jury will select the best film and best director from 15 movies from 15 different countries, with Rwanda being the only African country featured. Each will get a golden bear plaque as their trophy.
Berlinale, which began in 1951 after the end of the Cold War, brings together thousands of filmmakers worldwide to establish a platform for intercultural exchange.