The Prize (El premio)

I am seven years old. I go to school. I know I must not reveal my true identity to the other kids. I’ve been told that my family’s safety depends on my silence. I’m forced to lie. I lie, just as they told me to. I manage to make them believe my lies. I desperately try to look like all the others but now my mother feels sad and despises me. I am wicked and stupid and make her suffer. What should I say? What should I keep to myself? that should I do to earn my mother’s approval and please the others? In a world so full of confusion and fear, who are we supposed to be?

World premiere
Berlin International Film Festival 2011, Competition

Key festivals and awards
Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution in the categories Camera and Set Design, Berlin International Film Festival 2011
Best Picture, Guadalajara International Film Festival 2011
Best Actress, Armenian National Film Academy Award, Yerevan International Film Festival 2011
Best Picture, Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival 2011
Best Picture, Lima Film Festival 2011
Critics Award, Best Actress, Biarritz Film Festival 2011
Best Picture, Morelia International Film Festival 2011

Mexico, 2011
Director: Paula Markovitch
Producers: Kung Works (Mexico), IZ Films (Mexico), Mille et une productions (France), Staron Films (Poland), NiKo Film (Germany)
German WCF partner: NiKo Film
World sales: UMedia (France)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2010
Funding amount: 50.000 €