Awards and Nominations

Prix Italia 2011, September 2011

"The Woman with the 5 Elephants" wins the Prix Italia for the best Documentary in the section "cultural and general interest". The 1948 established Prix Italia is the oldest and most prestigious international broadcast prize, and is supported and awarded by more than 90 broadcast stations worldwide. More informations: www.prixitalia.rai.it


Awards at RIDM Montréal and Listapad Minsk

’The Woman With the 5 Elephants wins the main prize at the International Film Festival LISTAPAD in Minsk, Belarus, and the Image Award for best cinematography at the Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal, Canada.


Jury’s Special Mention in Taiwan

"The Woman with the 5 Elephants" has been awarded the Jury’s Special mention for the International Feature Length Competition at the Taiwan International Documentary Festival.

For further information please visit: tidf.cca.gov.tw


Atlantis Award at Moondance International Film Festival, September 2010

For further information please visit: www.moondancefilmfestival.com


Basel Film Award 2010

"The Woman with the 5 Elephants" wins the Basel Film Award Zoom 2010 in the category Documentary. The jury members - actor Gilles Tschudi, theatre director Georges Delnon and former commissioning editor Madeleine Hirsiger - awarded the film on the occasion of the 1st Basel Film Night.

For further information, please visit www.zoom.balimage.ch


Awarded with the Sterling World Feature Price

’The Woman with the 5 Elephants’ has been awarded with this year’s Grand Jury Award in the Sterling World Feature Competition at the Silver Docs Documentary Film Festival in Silver Springs/Washington DC.

Laudatio: "From a filmmaker at the top of his game, this film is a living Vermeer, beautifully framed, elegant and elegiac, with an artistic vision that mirrors and augments its subject. This graceful and compelling work explores how beauty and creativity can transcend the harshness of life, and the jury believes it will be as rewarding in 40 years as it is today."

For further information, please visit silverdocs.com


Awarded at Bozner Filmtage, April 2010

’The Woman with the 5 Elephants’ has won the Audience Award to the Best Documentary Film 2010.

For further information, please visit www.filmclub.it


Quartz 2010 - Swiss Film Award, March 2010

’The Woman with the 5 Elephants’ wins the Swiss Film Award - Best Documentary.

For further information, please visit Quartz 2010


Nomination German Film Prize, March 2010

’The Woman with the 5 Elephants’ has become nominated for the German Film Prize 2010 and will be competing in the category feature length documentary.

For further information, please visit Deutscher Filmpreis 2010

Award at the BAKA Forum 2010, January 2010

’The Woman with the 5 Elephants’ has been awarded at the BAKA Forum 2010 with the SRG SSR idée suisse Prize "for the best educational, societal or science television programme for a large audience".

For further information, please visit www.bakaforum.net

Awards at the Trieste Film Festival, January 2010

Alpe Adria Cinema Award to the Best Documentary Film

Audience Award to the Best Documentary Film

"The Jury unanimously agreed on the winner of the Documentary competition. The award goes to the director who impressively managed to grasp the nature and the essence of the personality of his main character. Through a very subtle and simple film language he introduces this adorable human being, driven by the values of humanity and art. With a great commitment and respect to the topic, he explores all the layers of a complex personality that stimulates the awareness and sensibility in all of us. We were very much impressed by this touching portrayal of a character in her advanced age who still offers an inspiration and creative energy also to the youngest generation and provides the viewer with an overwhelming spectre of emotions."

Text quoted from the website www.triestefilmfestival.it

Nomination European Film Academy, October 2009

’The Woman with the 5 Elephants’ has been nominated for the EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY - Prix ARTE.

For further information, please visit European Film Academy


Award at the film festival DOK Leipzig, Germany, October 2009

The Film ’The Woman with the 5 Elephants’ won the DEFA Sponsoring Prize "for an outstanding German documentary film".

Text quoted from the website www.dok-leipzig.de


Awards at the film festival Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland, April 2009

Prize of the international competition from the international Jury – SRG SSR idée suisse-Award

"The film chosen for the Prix Special SRG SSR idée suisse – Visions du Réel is impressive in the way literary translation becomes a metaphor for life itself. This brilliant biographical portrait tells the story of a young girl who survives many trials during the Second World War, and through her love of reading and knowledge of languages goes to great creative heights.
This insightful woman’s deep connection to Dostoyevsky’s novels is eloquently revealed through the film’s close observation of how Svetlana Geier enters into the poetics of each story in order to translate from Russian into German. Die Frau mit den 5 Elefanten receives the Prix Spécial SRG SSR idée suisse – Visions du Réel, for the extraordinary way it explores the moral contradictions raised in war times and asks what we would do if confronted by similar situations."

Prize of Suissimage and the Society of Swiss Writers SSA for the most innovative Swiss film

"The search for the secret behind words and texts, as well as for their inner rhythms is her spiritual fountain which has enabled her to survive two dictatorships. Everything, even simple everyday matters, is relevant in her life. It is always about the essence of things and their inner harmony - be it onions or the texts by Dostoyevsky. A cinematic space is opened up emphatically, a space in which this fascinating protagonist and her vision of the world can be represented in an impressive way. The film director has succeeded in creating a complex and moving portrait of great cinematographic impact which gives his protagonist the dimension of a total art work. The act of translation as an almost spiritual attitude characterises both Swetlana Geier’s work and that of the cinematic approach used."

A special mention from the Interreligious Jury

"The Interreligious Jury gives a special mention on the poetic and loving portrait of translator Swetlana Geier who, despite being buffeted by fate, retains her humanity."

All the above text is quoted from the website www.visionsduréel.ch