Montreal 2003

November 2003
Media Development;2003, Vol. 50 Issue 4, p48
Academic Journal
For the first time in its 25 years of existence at the Montreal World Film Festival, the Ecumenical Jury has awarded its Prize to a North American film. The festival took place from August 27 to September 7 and the Ecumenical Jury Award is given jointly by the Protestant and Catholic international organizations, lnterfilm and Signis, supported by World Association for Christian Communication. The jury's' award went to the film "Gaz Bar Blues," from Quebec filmmaker Louis Belanger. In the opinion of the jury, "Gaz Bar Blues" shows the extraordinary tolerance and love of an ordinary group of men, as they struggle to cope with change and dislocation in an increasingly globalised world. With great economy and artistic skill, the film quietly celebrates the community-creating power of loyalty and acceptance among family and friends. The Ecumenical Jury Award aims at promoting movies that distinguish themselves not only by artistic merit, but also by their exploration of the ethical, social and spiritual values that make life human.


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