International Jury Statement:
The Latücht Award of the prime minister of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, which is awarded to an outstanding film, video or multimedia project that most convincingly handles the festival’s theme “The Future”, and makes the best use of the creative possibilities of the medium, goes to HALF-LIFE IN FUKUSHIMA by Mark Olexa and Francesca Scalisi.
Leaves in the wind, the sound of the sea, rain drops from the roof of a house. In quiet and aesthetic images, the camera follows the farmer Naoto Matsumura, drawing the viewer into a world in which everything seems to have stopped. There is a bizarre feeling of an ending. The only protagonists are Naoto, his father and their pets, that include an ostrich. The viewer becomes part of their everyday life, sitting next to them with a cup of tea and waiting. The expected waiting time is about 10,000 years.
Mark Olexa and Francesca Scalisi lead us through the spooky scenery of Fukushima, revealing the full extent of this nuclear catastrophe. The apparent indifference of the protagonist as he strolls through the empty city makes it clear that this is not only about him or the city of Fukushima but, rather, a state of affairs that will last for many generations. The film handles the festival’s theme of "The Future" in an aesthetically impressive manner, drawing our attention to the cause-effect relationship between choices we make today and their long-term consequences for our future.
Kind regards from Mark Olexa