PREDICATE OF PARTICULAR VALUE - Jury statement
With „Mascarpone“, Jonas Riemer has succeeded in creating a highly entertaining, fast-paced and extremely affectionate homage to cinema and genre films. With seemingly little means, but nevertheless an enormous creative effort, the makers create a completely unique world, which in many details is reminiscent of the typical Mafia America of the 1930s and at the same time breathes the atmosphere of the classic gangster film: Al Capone and Mascarpone, two gangsters whose names make the film world resound. The backdrops of the city and props such as the cars are made of paper or cardboard and combine with the real actors, the puppets and the stop-motion technique to create a fantastically functioning world of their own, which also derives much of its charm from the fact that the artistic processes always remain transparent. Many loving details in the story and set, from fade-ins and role changes to the period costumes and lush film score, evoke the nostalgia of classic Hollywood cinema on the one hand and the gangster film genre on the other, which is very aptly parodied in form and content. The way in which car chases, shoot-outs, narrative double-entendres and visual richness are celebrated here is exemplary of the magic that film and cinema are still able to create so sustainably today.