Children and Violence in Our World
It is interesting that the two Signis Prizes at the San Sebastian Film Festival are both awarded to stories about children who are defenseless in a hostile world. In both films the best in people is evoked by the children.
The Grand Prize was awarded to “Midwinter Night’s Dream” about an autistic girl in post-war Serbia. The Future Talent Award, for work by a new director, was awarded to “El Cielito” about an Argentinian baby who is protected by a wandering young man in search of work. In both films, the endings are not rosy, but the future of the child is nevertheless hopeful without being naive.
It is hopeful that the community of filmmakers worldwide is making such beautiful films that actually propose solutions for our world.