At the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, Sudanese film director Suhaib Gasmelbari won the Glashütte Original Documentary Award for ‘Talking About Trees’, which focuses on the history of Sudanese film, Glashütte The original congratulations to him. The prize is sponsored by the Saxony watch factory and includes a prize of 50,000 euros. It was released at the official awards ceremony at the Berlin Film Palace last Saturday night. This year, Glashütte Original still supports the 69th Berlin International Film Festival as a sponsor.
The presentation of the Glashütte Original Documentary Award is a highlight of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival Awards Gala, as always exciting, and announced the end of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. Suhaib Gasmelbari is the writer, director, and photographer of this award-winning film. He was very excited when he delivered his award speech and chose to speak for his fellow citizens: ‘At this moment, I want to send a message of solidarity to the Sudanese people who are still struggling for freedom.’
Film producer Marie Balducchi thanks Suhaib Gasmelbari for his work on this film: ‘His creation is a masterpiece, it’s a story about courage, friendship and film.’
Members of the jury Maria Bonsanti, Maria Ramos and Gregory Nava praised ‘Talk to the Tree’: ‘This film is an art form, a powerful tool for confrontation, and an outstanding interpretation of the universal language.’ The film was selected from 17 nominated documentaries. As a sponsor of this award, Glashütte Original supports the documentary format in particular.
The Glashütte Original Documentary Awards are not just about the awards and € 50,000 prize money. The trophy also has a special story. The statuette is 20 centimeters high and is handmade by employees of the Saxony watch factory in brass, brushed stainless steel and acrylic resin. The trophy has the appearance of a cylindrical gear, like a film roll, symbolizing the many different aspects of the interconnection between the art of filmmaking and the art of watchmaking.