Congratulations to the Thai film "Dek Hor" a.k.a. "Dorm" and the director Songyos "Yong" Sugmakanan for winning the Crystal Bear for Best Feature Film in the Generation Kplus competition (the movie for children section) at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival a.k.a. Berlinale 2007. The Crystal Bear is the highest honorable awards for the films selected by an eleven-member Children’s Jury age between 11 – 14 years old. The reason why they gave the Crystal Bear to "Dorm" is as followed:
"This film depicts with unbelievable tension how a close friendship is possible between two boys from different worlds. This film is very special, not least due to the convincing actors."
Moreover, "Dorm" also received "A Special Mention" for the Grand Prix of the Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk (German Child Support Organisation) bestowed by the five-member adult International Jury. "A Special Mention" is the secondary prize that the Jury decided to give to the film with some possibilities to win but couldn’t reach that point, however it’s still necessary to "mention" about the film.
For full list of prizes in Generation section of Berlinale 2007. Please visit the official web site by clicking here.
On the other notes, earlier this month "Dorm" also received the Crystal Simorgh for Best Director awarded to Songyos Sugmakanan at the 25th International Fajr Film Festival in Iran.
All in all, we could proudly say that "Dorm" did a marvellous job representing the potential of Thai movie internationally. However, it failed to impress numerous members of the Jury from various national movie awards in its own home. Isn’t it ironic?