In 2009, the European Film Academy proudly announced that the award European Film Academy Documentary 2009 – Prix ARTE was to be presented to the film The Sound of Insects – Record of a Mummy by Peter Liechti of Switzerland.
In co-operation with the European culture channel ARTE, the European Film Academy annually honours an outstanding achievement in documentary film-making. The recipient of the award is chosen by an independent jury, whose members in 2009 were documentary film-maker Nino Kirtadzé from France/Georgia, Austrian producer and ORF editor Franz Grabner and Russian documentary filmmaker Viktor Kossakovsky. Upon the invitation of the city of Vilnius, the jury members screened all ten nominated films and decided on the winner on site.
The jury decided to give the award to The Sound of Insects “for its skillful exploration of minimalistic means to create an extraordinary visual story between life and death”. Intrigued? You should be – watch a clip from the film here.