Posted on Dec 30, 2016

Bikini Words: A Documentary Journey Evaluated Across Festivals

In March 2017, BIKINI WORDS by Nils Clauss secured a coveted spot in the 9th Budapest Architecture Film Days. The event was hosted by the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre. Following its screening at the London Lift-Off Film Festival, the documentary faced the scrutiny of audience evaluation forms. This shedds light on the challenges filmmakers encounter in navigating diverse tastes.

Budapest Architecture Film Days: Bikini Words Shines in March 2017

Despite the nuanced nature of filmmaking appreciation, BIKINI WORDS celebrated a notable victory. It won Best Short Documentary at the Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2016. The documentary has traversed global Lift-Off film festival events. Now it is nominated for the prestigious Lift-Off Season Awards 2016 in the Best Short Documentary category.

Navigating Diverse Tastes: Insights from Lift-Off Festival Evaluation Forms

As each Lift-Off Season concludes, the festival’s Global Network meticulously evaluates films, providing a unique perspective on the challenges faced by filmmakers. The culmination of this recognition unfolds at the Lift-Off Season Awards 2016. The event takes place at Pinewood Studios in London on Friday, January 6th.

Triumph at Liverpool Lift-Off 2016: Bikini Words Claims Best Short Documentary

BIKINI WORDS delves into the evolution of vocabulary among South Korean factory workers during the industrialization of the 1970s and 1980s. Crafted by Nils Clauss, the documentary captures the linguistic and cultural exploration. It emphasizes the power of storytelling to articulate the urbanized lives of the workers.

Lingering Echoes: Exploring the Industrial Past of South Korea

Factory life during the rapid industrialization of South Korea throughout the 1970s and 1980s meant tight communal living quarters. It was a drastic shift in cultural norms for the millions of factory workers that fueled the country’s growth. A new vocabulary evolved amongst these workers to put names to the radically new aspects of their urbanized lives.

Seoul-based German cinematographer & photographer Nils Clauss focused on this linguistic development in his new work. The filmmaker chose 8 words from that period for his cinematic journey through South Korea’s vanishing spatial past.