network 11/02/2011 - 01:00AM
Dreamland Wins 2010 CP Audience Choice Award
Cinema Politica is very proud and excited to announce that the 2010 Cinema Politica Audience Choice Award Winner is the beautiful and powerful Icelandic documentary Dreamland. Dreamlandwas one of our favourite films of 2010 and has screened widely throghout the CP network, where, judging by our audience response, it has been very well-received indeed. The film was reviewed at CP`s sister site - Art Threat - at the beginning of 2010. Here are a few excerpts:
"Dreamland is a documentary like no other. This 2009 film by Þorfinnur Guðnason & Andri Snær Magnason is a visual treatise that exposes the greed and corruption that has befallen Iceland like a plague of myopic and avaricious infection of the mind and heart. It is a poem to the natural world and speaks for ecology through stunning cinematography and the pacing of a practiced orchestra.
Once every five to ten years a film comes along that shakes your soul, rattles the cage of your conscience, and awakes you from a media-immersed cryogenic dream state. The technical perfection and power of the message rearrange the synopsis in your circuitry and leaves you feeling like a wave of clarity and inspiration has washed over you.
Dreamland asks us how much is a mountain worth? Two billion? Twenty billion? Then challenges the capitalism calculi that conjures these figures, re-orienting the audience toward another framework, one of eco-logic, and argues for 89 minutes that the value of the natural world is of course not measured in dollars, or barrels, or extractions..."
We stand by this film as the 2010 Audience Choice Winner as programmers, screening organizers, and fans of the documentary form. While Dreamland was overlooked by so many in 2010, our audiences, always able to spot an inspiring and political gem in their midst, made sure it did not escape our clutches after each screening and cast their votes accordingly. To those discerning viewers who voted, we say thank you for participating and for choosing one of our all-time favourite environmental films. And to the makers of Dreamland, thank-you for your commitment to change, to your creativity, and to your craft - we sincerely hope this is not your last artistic intervention and wait impatiently for your next project to emerge.