GEHITU, the association of gays, lesbians, transsexuals, bisexuals and intersex people in the Basque Country, and on its behalf the Jury of the 21 Sebastiane Prize, made up of the members of said group Aritz Dendategi, Blanca Ortega, Joseba Errekalde, Lander Bergés and Nicolas Subirán, has decided to award the XXII SEBASTIANE award to the film:
“THE POWER OF THE DOG / EL PODER DEL PERRO” (2021) by director Jane Campion
For giving us an impeccable film where Campion dissects toxic masculinity, even within the LGTBI collective. Misogynists, homophobes, plumophobes create a climate conducive to violence where we are invited to be discreet to live safe and secure.
For offering a story that makes us rethink the concepts of weakness and strength.
At a time when hate speech is the order of the day, the main character unmasks those who choose the past to hinder the future.