Director: Christophe Goumand
The success encountered in 1999 encouraged the Roman Museum to renew the adventure and make the Festival a regular biennial event. Nyon thus became the first Swiss rendezvous for devotees of archaeological films and joined other similar festivals in France (Bordeaux, Amiens), Germany (Kiel), Italy (Rovereto) and Belgium (Brussels).
Mayan civilisation specialist and author of numerous works on the Mayas, Maria Longhena from Bologna, participated in the Friday evening session on the archaeology of Pre-Columbian America. Alix Barbet, in charge of the Centre for the Study of Roman Wall Paintings in Soissons and the Laboratory of Archaeology of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, took part in the afternoon session on Roman civilisation and presented the film about Zeugma (Turkey); the city now lies under the reservoir created by the damming of the River Euphrates. The best productions received awards from a five-person jury from the world of archaeology and the cinema. An audience award was also made.
The prize list
FIRST PRIZE AND AUDIENCE AWARD
“ La tombe du prince scythe” (The tomb of the Scythian prince), Great Britain, France, 52’, director: Marc Jampolsky
For the ability to render long-term research on a subject that is still little known with a remarkable sense of narrative, in a context described with great sensitivity, with emphasis on the mutual respect shown by the scientific teams involved and a sympathetic perception of the country where it was filmed.
SPECIAL JURY AWARD
“Les comportements alimentaires des hommes préhistoriques” (Eating habits of prehistoric man), France, 26’, director: Denis Gerault
For the ability to summarise a subject a priori difficult to deal with in cinematographic terms. For the way in which the narrative is personalised by the use of subtle camera work, attractive montage and a sense of humour rarely encountered in a document intended for specialists; these qualities also make this film accessible to a wider public.
AWARD FOR THE BEST LOW-BUDGET FILM
“Bacchus et Ariane” (Bacchus and Ariadne), France, 18’, directors: Jean Collinet and Frédéric Moroldo
For the way in which the images are combined with judicious comments to showcase an exceptional work of art in the context of an archaeological rescue operation.
“L’homme de Concise ou la Suisse des palafittes” (Concise man or the Switzerland of the pile-dwellers), Switzerland, 46’, director: Silvana Bezzola
For the ability to introduce us into the world of archaeology by the judicious use of the means furnished by the documentary film
“Les derniers jours de Zeugma” (The last days of Zeugma), France, 52’, director: Thierry Ragobert
For the emotion shown in revealing in exemplary fashion the unheard-of wonders discovered in extremis in a situation that raises the issue of the destiny of a fabulous part of the cultural heritage of mankind while simultaneously condemning the conditions of existence of an entire population.
- Pierre Barde, producer and director, Télévision suisse romande
- Frédéric André, director of the archaeological film workshops of the Musée de Mariemont, Belgium
- Pierre Corboud, archaeologist, Department of Anthropology, University of Geneva
- Regula Frei-Stolba, archaeologist, professor at the Institute of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Lausanne
- Majan Garlinski, ethnologist, curator of the Department of Visual Anthropology of the Museum of Ethnography, Geneva