Anastasia Weber’s thesis for the St. Petersburg School of New Cinema, the short film “Trap”, received the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in the nomination Best Foreign Short Film.
The jury of the film festival notes that the director showed through the lives of young people how people are stuck in a controlling society, but after watching the film, a viewer has a desire to “dream and resist together.”
“This is not only an allegory about the ‘cage’ or a reference to the current musical style. Trap is a way of life and a manner of extreme feeling that most young guys live in every corner of Russia. Trap is when you should have been dead for a long time, but still alive for some reason. When you feel too acutely and live by choosing your inner truth and passion as a guide,” Weber noted.
The main award of the 72nd Berlin Film Festival was awarded to the film “Alcarras” by Spanish director Carla Simon. The film tells the story of a family of farmers who have been growing peaches for 80 years in Alcatraz, a small village in Catalonia. However, now the heir of the owner of the land on which their estate stands wants to cut down all the trees and install solar panels in their place. Uncertainty leads to a split in the family.