SIT AND WATCH
by Matthew Barton, Francisco Forbes
Sesterce d'or George, best medium-length film
A fresco of the modern city -- in this case, London -- that adopts the form of a "zapping" revolving around different emblematic situations: the Houses of Parliament, a guided boat tour, surveillance videos, a couple exhibiting their sexual frolics on the internet... A society that stages itself, over-mediatised and dystopian, in which the individual strives in vain to find a place.
SAMIR IN THE DUST
by Mohamed Ouzine
Prix du Jury George, most innovative medium-length film
In a mountainous and arid region that he calls “home”, Samir lives off oil smuggling. He transports the merchandise on the back of a mule from his Algerian village to the Moroccan border. Filmed by his uncle, Samir gradually reveals his aspirations, and through these, his complex connection with the region where he grew up and what keeps him, in spite of everything, in the infiniteness of these landscapes.
I'M NOT FROM HERE
by Maite Alberdi, Giedrė Žickytė
Sesterce d'or Fondation Goblet, best short film
In a retirement home, petulant Josebe evokes life in the Basque country and meets with incomprehension. It's because she now lives in Chile and her mind has got lost in the mists of time.
The Peloponnese International Documentary Festival is from 20 to 30 January 2017 in Kalamata, Greece.