The Ecumenical Jury at the 38th World Film Festival Montreal 2014 gave its Prize to the film Cape Nostalgia / Fushigi Na Misaki No Monogatari directed by Izuru Naroshima, Japan.
The citation reads: "This is a gentle, high quality film about great moments of life – loss, love, friendship, and community in a Japanese coastal village. With humour and depth, the film celebrates humanity quietly and serenely. The photography is excellent, the direction assured and the film well balanced. In its conclusion, the movie moves away from nostalgia to embrace life."
The jury also awarded a Commendation to Melody directed by Bernard Bellefroid, Belgium / France / Luxembourg.
"A struggling young woman decides to become a surrogate mother, and she is accepted by a businesswoman, who has longed for her own child. The film explores sensitively the different facets of motherhood and affirms strongly the importance of bonding and maternal commitment. The movie has quality direction, dialogue and acting."