JOY wins Europa Cinemas Label in Venice

Giornate degli Autori


JOY directed by Sudabeh Mortezai, has won the Europa Cinemas Label at the Giornate degli Autori, it was announced by a jury of four exhibitors from the Network. 2018 marks the fifteenth time the Label has been awarded at the Giornate degli Autori.

JOY wins Europa Cinemas Label in Venice

JOY will now receive the support of the Europa Cinemas Network, with additional promotion and incentives for exhibitors to extend the film’s run on screen.

The jury issued the following statement: “JOY is an exceptionally well researched and moving film about sex trafficking – a plague affecting all of Europe. The film has a documentary feel to it, and its authenticity and credibility shine through. We get a strong sense of Joy’s everyday life, her struggles and her dignity among the complex power dynamics of her life in a universe parallel to our own. This film will spark debate wherever it is seen, and we are delighted that the Europa Cinemas Label prize will help encourage its distribution around Europe.”

Sold internationally by Films Boutique, JOY is a Freibeuter Film, produced with the support of Austrian Film Institute, Vienna Film Fund and ORF Film/Fernseh – Abkommen.

Cast: Joy Anwulika Alphonsus (Joy), Precious Mariam Sanusi (Precious), Angela Ekeleme Pius (Madame)

Script: Sudabeh Mortezai

Cinematography: Klemens Hufnagl

Editor: Oliver Neumann

Sound designer: Atanas Tcholakov

Picture: Klara BogusÅ‚awskaSudabeh Mortezai, Mathieu Guetta and Christine Müh

The Europa Cinemas Label Jury this year comprised Klara BogusÅ‚awska (Kinoteka Multiplex, Varsovie, Pologne), Mathieu Guetta (Majestic Bastille, Paris, France), Ezio Leoni (Il Lux, Padoue, Italie) et Christine Müh (Kommunales Kino, Pforzheim, Allemagne).


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