BEYOND THE SNOWSTORM by Levin PEter has won the FIRST STEPS Award in the Documentary category tonight!
The Jury Statement loosely translates as follows:
“The discovery of a photo album from the war year 1943 leads the director to attempt a dialogue with the original photographer – his own grandfather – who quietly looks out through the window. Occasional hushed cries escape him. For a while we don‘t know if he will answer his grandson‘s questions at all. “Beyond the Snowstorm” patiently tells the story of the painful recollections of a former Wehrmacht soldier, and lets us accompany the director to the place of frozens moments: Mariupol in the Ukraine. A disturbing film about the difficult dealings with our “brown past”, about the attempt to unveil a long hidden secret, about concealment and guilt, seventy years after the end of the war.”