2022 REC for youth the winner films



Rafael Martinez Calle

The main character Jose spends the summer with his uncle and meets a man who arouses feelings in him that he had never known before. The film tells the progression of Jose and his uncle with beautiful, calm images and a very successful direction and acting. Along the way we are shown the beauty of Andalusia and the joie de vivre of Jose’s family. A beautiful film with impressive images, which tells with few words in a very touching way the emotional life of a teenager who has fallen in love.


Disconnected HeadGermany

Andreas Dürr

A film that uses a medium in a technically brilliant way which, in the story told here, becomes its own undoing. An exciting parable. A dystopian world from which there seems to be no escape, the player flees from the alien-controlled „transhumans“ and desperately searches for the exit. Yet he and his fellow players would only have to put down the „wrong heads“ to realize that they are already at home in freedom and life. This leaves us reflective.


Mein Bruder / My BrotherGermany

Mpower e.V.

My Brother is a glimpse into the lives of Hope and her friends. Hope is controlled by her brother and rebels against it. The film convinces with its authenticity and partly has a documentary character. In „My Brother“ an important topic for young people is taken up: heteronomy by the family. Through Hope, who defends herself against this, self-empowerment is also conveyed to the viewer. Thank you very much for this good and important film.

Honorable mentions

Unfertiges Land / Unfinished CountryGermany

Jonathan Schaller

A film as if from a single mould: visual language, dialogues and acting are wonderfully coordinated and staged.

„Unfertiges Land“ comes with an authentic, expressive ensemble of actors and an impressive leading actress and also offers a socially explosive content that makes the viewer think and which is emotionally touching. The father-daughter conflict is splendidly worked out. An impressive directorial work.

Great cinema!

Die WG

Manuel Boskamp, Sabrina DiekowGermany

A humorous testimony of time, a pleasant retrospective, from the perspective of today’s youth on earlier generations. The WG opens a platform from which one can take a look at political events as well as interpersonal relationships, and also at how, influenced by the spirit of the times, the feeling of „youth“ is changing. A dialogue between the generations is created, which is often neglected nowadays. A dialogue with surprising results: the youth of the old-68s is coming to life, and the burden of responsibility makes the 2020s seem very grown-up.

Take HeartGermany

Grundschule Tennenbronn, Lilith Jörg

The filmmaker has not only overcome the hurdles in the the main character’s mind, but in an extraordinary way produced a stop trick film that not only describes a parable of life and work, but has developed a very coherent look with detailed images. Thus, the self-made figures (dolls) fit ideally into the landscape and prove how the filmmaker’s camera lovingly brings together reality and fantasy world.

Magari Austria/Italy

Shari Ehlers

Magari is a beautifully filmed and acted (the actors:inside performance is outstanding!) portrait of growing up. Two young people in the mountains, in the middle of nowhere, and are shifted for themselves. The film manages to develop an incredibly real feeling of life and asks questions of our time, how do we want to be and what are our dreams and ideals. 


Les Trois Portraits du Chaos Germany

Liselotte Séchet

When one manages to underline one’s own personality with such coherent, imaginative, unexpected and fitting images, to express one’s feelings so powerfully, then a film and the filmmaker manage to give courage to other people, to themselves and to the viewers. Courage for an uncertain present, even if one does not know when the finish line will be crossed.