Manuel emerges victorious at Montpellier
- Italy’s Dario Albertini has won the Golden Antigone at the 39th Mediterranean Film Festival; the Audience Award went to Dede by Mariam Khatchvani
Manuel [+see also:
film profile] by Italian director Dario Albertini has taken home the Golden Antigone, which served to acknowledge the best film at the 39th Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier, handed out by a jury chaired by French actress Aure Atika (backed up by producer Anne-Dominique Toussaint, author Tahar Ben Jelloun, director Thierry de Perreti and actor Swann Arlaud). The feature also scooped the Critics’ Award and the Nova Award.
Unveiled at Venice, as part of the Cinema in the Garden programme, the movie revolves around Manuel, who has just turned 18. It is time for him to leave the foster home where he has been living for the last few years, ever since his mother was put in prison. But his newfound freedom leaves a bitter taste in his mouth. Roaming the streets of his neighbourhood in the suburbs of Rome, he does his best to become a responsible adult. If his mother is to be granted house arrest, he must prove to the authorities that he can look after her. Can Manuel help his mother to regain her freedom without losing his own? Manuel, which was produced by BiBi Film, is being sold overseas by Le Pacte.
The international competition jury also singled out Blessed [+see also:
film profile] by Algeria’s Sofia Djama with a Special Mention, whereas the Audience Award was bestowed upon Dede [+see also:
film profile] by Georgia’s Mariam Khatchvani and the Grand Prix for Best Documentary crowned Off Frame Aka Revolution Until Victory [+see also:
film profile] by Mohanad Yaqubi. As previously reported, the Development Aid Grants and the awards in the "From Short to Long" programme were handed out on Wednesday (see the news).
Here is the full list of winners:
Manuel - Dario Albertini
Manuel - Dario Albertini
Student Award for Best Debut Work
Blessed - Sofia Djama
Grand Prix for Best Short Film
Wicked Girl - Ayce Kartal (France/Turkey)
Special Mentions (ex æquo)
Je suis un Juif - Aharon Shem Tov, Niv Hachlili (Israel)
Retour à Genoa City - Benoît Grimalt (France)
Retour à Genoa City - Benoît Grimalt
Young Audience Award
MAD - Sophie Tavert (France)
Fifteen - Sameh Morsy (Egypt)
House in the Fields - Tala Hadid (Morocco/Qatar)
(Translated from French)
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