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BERGAMO 2021 Awards

Madly in Life triumphs at the Bergamo Film Meeting

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- The movie by Belgian directors Raphaël Balboni and Ann Sirot was crowned the audience’s winner, while Tailor and the documentary Lobster Soup also bagged awards at this 39th edition of the event

Madly in Life triumphs at the Bergamo Film Meeting
The participants of the Bergamo Film Meeting’s online awards ceremony

Madly in Life [+see also:
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interview: Raphaël Balboni & Ann Sirot
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, a film by Raphaël Balboni and Ann Sirot, which uses humour to tackle the topic of neurodegenerative diseases, is the winner of the Exhibition Competition held within the 39th edition of the Bergamo Film Meeting, which closed on Saturday following an online ceremony. Voted upon by the audience, the Belgian production was awarded the Bergamo Film Meeting Prize to the tune of €5,000. The international jury, meanwhile, presided over by Martha Otte (Senior Programmer at the Tromsø International Film Festival) and further composed of Dominique Cabrera (director) and Luciano Barisone (journalist and film critic), bestowed its Best Director trophy, worth €2,000, upon Greek newcomer Sonia Liza Kenterman for her sartorially-focused film Tailor [+see also:
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interview: Sonia Liza Kenterman
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, as well as awarding a Special Mention to Madly in Life.

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The audience-voted CGIL Bergamo Best Documentary Prize, worth €2,000 and awarded to films screening within the festival’s Close Up section, was won by Pepe Andreu and Rafa Molés’ documentary Lobster Soup [+see also:
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, a co-production between Spain, Iceland and Lithuania which homes in on a small Icelandic village doomed to disappear, while the CGIL Jury Prize - ‘La Sortie de l’Usine’, decided upon by trade union delegates from Bergamo’s General Confederation of Labour - the CGIL - and awarded to the documentary which best tackles themes relating to the world of work and social issues (€1,000), was handed to All That I Am [+see also:
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interview: Tone Grøttjord-Glenne
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by Norwegian director and producer Tone Grøttjord-Glenne, for its story about a sexual abuse survivor and her battle to be heard. Last but not least, a Special Mention was scooped by Maka Gogaladze’s Georgian medium-length work My Piece Of The Earth, which explores the rapid and radical changes brought about in Tbilisi by the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Exhibition Competition

First Prize
Madly in Life [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Raphaël Balboni & Ann Sirot
film profile
]
- Raphaël Balboni and Ann Sirot (Belgium)

Second Prize
Tailor [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Sonia Liza Kenterman
film profile
]
- Sonia Liza Kenterman (Greece/Germany/Belgium)

Third Prize
Full Moon [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Nermin Hamzagić
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]
- Nermin Hamzagić (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

Best Director
Sonia Liza Kenterman – Tailor

Other awards

CGIL Bergamo Best Documentary Award
Lobster Soup [+see also:
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film profile
]
- Pepe Andreu and Rafa Molés (Spain/Iceland/Lithuania)

CGIL Jury Prize - “La Sortie de l’Usine”
All That I Am [+see also:
trailer
interview: Tone Grøttjord-Glenne
film profile
]
- Tone Grøttjord-Glenne (Norway)
Special Mention
My Piece Of The Earth - Maka Gogaladze (Georgia) (medium-length film)

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(Translated from Italian)

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