Hong Kong, April 2nd (SIGNIS) Land of Mine (Under Sandet) directed by Martin Zandvliet (Demark/Germany) is the winner of SIGNIS Award at the 40th edition of Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF). His Eminence, Cardinal John Tong, Bishop of Hong Kong, presented the trophy during the awards gala with applause from hundreds of audiences in the Metroplex, the latest completed commercial cinema with 9 screen multiplex.
‘A man degraded by the war discovers compassion for a group of young German soldiers consigned to clear a beautiful landscape infested with mines. A powerful metaphor about the promise of coming home and search for hope inside the hellish aftermath of the Second World War.’
The Jury complimented the festival office, for their high quality of film selections with a wide spectrum of cultures and geographical representations, decided to give a commendation to:
Truman directed by Cesc Gay (Spain/Argentina) ‘it shows in a humorous manner how people miss their family, friends, colleagues and even those they have crossed when they are facing death, and how they learn to reflect on themselves and listen to their hearts.’
SIGNIS Award has been introduced to HKIFF since 2004 and co-organized with SIGNIS HONG KONG. It is given to films for cinematic excellence in expressing social and humanitarian concerns, as well as spiritual and artistic values.
Members of the SIGNIS Jury were Edgar Rubio (Mexico, President), Jumpei Matsumoto (Japan), Kaman Lee (Hong Kong).