Black Tulip Award | Into the Forest (Patricia Rozema, Canada 2015)
The jury consists of Gawie Keyser (journalist and radio host of, amongst others, Gawie weet raad), Lauren Murphy (cultural programmer at hotspot Pllek) and Joost de Vries (producer of films like The Lobster and Boy 7).
From the jury report:
The intelligence of the female protagonists in Patricia Rozema’s story about two sisters that face the aftermath of a massive disaster in a remote part of North America impressed the jury. The sisters are resourceful, they grow food when supplies run out, they turn to practical matters after a violent, traumatic event, they help each other. We never learn what the apocalyptic event entails, but that is not really necessary. The director relies on the intelligence of her audience; she knows what we know, that is, she knows what kind of stories we have in our head. And she plays with that knowledge. She strips the narrative in order to focus on the psychology of the characters. In doing so the film confronts us with questions that define our lives: what will happen when everything you know and hold dear falls away? The jury was touched by this. And surprised, because the story turns out to be quite subversive in the sure-footed way in which a typically male genre is handled here. Just how subversive, we suggest, you make out for yourself.