The Generation 14plus international jury has presented the Grand Prix for best feature-length film to Bas Devos for his feature debut Violet, a visual account of a teenager’s mourning process. With the award comes a cash prize of 7,500 euro, endowed by the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung.
Violet received the award ‘for its abstract exploration of emotions following a tragic death and because of its exquisite sculpture of cinematography’. The members of the international jury this year were Laura Astorga Carrera, Jan Soldat and N. Bird Runningwater.
Bas Devos’ first feature film zooms in on a group of young BMX riders who are confronted with the unexpected and violent death of Jonas, one of their peers. Being the only one to have witnessed the incident, all eyes are turned to 15-year-old Jesse. His companions’ looks and his inability to give them sufficient answers gradually isolate the teenager. The grief for the loss of his best friend and the growing feeling of loneliness stand in the way of Jesse’s search for comfort.
Having its world premiere in Berlin, the film sees César De Sutter as young Jesse, joined by Raf Walschaerts, Mira Helmer and Koen De Sutter among others. DoP was Nicolas Karakatsanis (Bullhead, The Loft), Dieter Diependaele took care of editing. Deafheaven composed the soundtrack of Violet; Herman Asselberghs and Fairuz created the visual sequences.
Tomas Leyers of Minds Meet (I’m the same I’m an other, Welcome Home, Blue Bird) produced the film and could count on the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.