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Critics' Choice Award

Film critics and culture editors from German journals, online media, radio stations and newspapers form the jury for this award. The Critics’ Choice Award is the successor to the Hamburg Film Critic Award, which was first presented in 2004.

Winner 2019:
Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains Director: Gu Xiaogang

Jury statement: »We are delighted to award Gu Xiaogang the Chritics' Choice Award for his family epic Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains. He tells of a large Chinese family and at the same time of an entire country - with its historical heritage such as one-child politics and its current problems such as intergenerational change. Gu Xiaogang shows all this in poetic, elegant settings. The narrative strands flow into each other, ascending and descending like the waters of the Fuchun River, on whose banks the epic is set. We admire the maturity and balance of Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains, especially as it is a debut film. But the best thing about this award winner is that it is the first part of a trilogy.«

Olga Baruk,, Filmdienst, Filmbulletin
Jens Büchsenmann, NDR 90,3, NDR Culture
Karin Franzke, Hamburger Abendblatt
Wenke Husmann, ZEIT online
Hannah Pilarczyk, SPIEGEL online
Anke Sterneborg, Süddeutsche Zeitung, rbb Kulturradio
Julia Teichmann, Berliner Zeitung, Film Service

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