Black Guelpha mighty, if bleak man, consider the plight of the Irish Travelers, Ireland’s indigenous peoples, and the legacy of generations of neglect and abuse by the Irish state and the Catholic Church. , won the German Independent Award for best film at the 2022 Oldenburg International Film Festival, Germany’s premier independent film festival.
The film’s star, Graham Earley, also won Oldenburg’s best actor title, the Seymour Cassel Award. Earley plays Kanto, a small-time drug dealer trying to get off the streets of Dublin and reconnect with his young daughter’s mother, who is caught out after a visit by her long-absent father. Cormac (Barry John Kinsella), an abuse victim returns home seeking forgiveness and reconciliation.
The Best Actress award went to Cyndie Lundy for her performance as a pregnant woman trying to escape the 1937 Haitian massacre in José María Cabral’s. Parsley.
Oldenburg’s Spirit of Cinema Award goes to Tulegenov Darkhan’s Kazakh crime drama series Brotherswith an honorable mention for Our Father, Devil directed by Ellie Foumbi, a thriller in which an African-American refugee in France recognizes a charismatic Catholic priest as the warlord who massacred her family.
Baatar Batsukh’s Mongolian Thriller Aberrance won the festival’s Audacity Award, given to an artistically groundbreaking film. Samuel Bereuther’s evocative name Jockstrap Jesus won the German Independent Award for Best Short Film, with a special mention for Kalani Gacon The sound of a dream.