After a Revolution crowned Best International Film at the 18th Biografilm Festival
- I Never Went Back bags Best Italian Film, while Divas, Beautiful Beings and Red Sky At Night also walk away with trophies
The 18th edition of the Biografilm Festival is set to close tonight with a screening of Carine Tardieu’s The Young Lovers [+see also:
film profile] in the presence of its protagonist Fanny Ardant. But this festival telling stories of Bologna life which is hoping to cross the threshold of 15,000 live viewers by way of this last evening event (to date, 1,500 hours of online viewing have been recorded for 1,540 viewers on digital platforms) has already announced its champions, revealed during an awards ceremony which unfolded last night, namely After a Revolution [+see also:
film profile] by Giovanni Buccomino and I Never Went Back by Silvana Costa, which were each named Best Film in the international and Italian competitions respectively.
The International Competition jury, composed of directors Chad Gracia and Inka Achté, and sales professional Arianna Castoldi, singled out After a Revolution for the following reason: “A powerful depiction of a family, of politics and of war, this film tells an important story without heroes or villains, winners or losers, goodies or baddies. Exquisitely captured moments of beauty, courage and resilience make it a masterpiece on the senseless horror of war and on the capacity of everyday human beings to survive and move beyond such horror”. The same jury selected Máté Kőrösi’s Divas [+see also:
film profile] as the International Competition’s Best First Film, “an authentic and timeless film about growing up, which stood out to us as fresh and original”, whilst assigning a Special Mention to Robin Hunzinger’s Ultraviolette and the Blood-Spitters Gang. Divas also scooped the Young Critics Award, decided upon by a jury composed of students hailing from the University of Bologna’s DAMS and CITEM degree programmes.
The Biografilm Italy Competition jury (composed of editor Francesca Sofia Allegra, curator and producer Antonella Di Nocera and screenwriter and director Anita Rivaroli) crowned I Never Went Back as their winner, “for its ability to use a personal story to explore a relationship which gets various generations of women talking by way of a natural and very specific approach”, and “for the simplicity with which the director puts herself on the line in a bitter and powerful story”. The prize for Best First Film within the Italian competition went to Tiziano Locci’s medium-length work The Way Daddy Rides, since “this work sees the young director declaring his approach, while his solutions, however instinctive, demonstrate courage and skill”. A Special Mention was bestowed upon Marcella Piccinini’s Il canto delle cicale.
The Biografilm Europe Beyond Borders | SNCCI Italian Critics’ Prize, awarded to the Best Film in the Europe Beyond Borders section by a jury composed of film critics Emanuele Di Nicola, Frédéric Pascali and Massimo Lechi, was won by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson’s Beautiful Beings [+see also:
film profile] “for its ability to bring out the harshness and beauty of youth by way of unsettling narrative choices which are only seemingly contradictory, and for the winning force of its directorial approach”.
Last but not least, the Unseen Italy Ucca Prize, which is awarded to the Best Film in the Biografilm Italy Competition and which consists of a distribution award for its participation in “Unseen Italy: A Travelling Show of Cinema du Réel”, in addition to 1,000 Euros, went to Red Sky At Night [+see also:
film profile] by Emanuele Mengotti.
The list of award-winners is as follows:
Ultraviolette and the Blood-Spitters Gang - Robin Hunzinger (France)
Biografilm Italy Competition
BPER Award for Best Film
I Never Went Back - Silvana Costa (Italy)
Hera “New Talents” Award
The Way Daddy Rides - Tiziano Locci (Italy) (medium-length film)
Il canto delle cicale - Marcella Piccinini (Italy/Turkey)
Biografilm Europe Beyond Borders | SNCCI Italian Critics’ Prize
Beautiful Beings [+see also:
film profile] - Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (Iceland/Denmark/Sweden/the Netherlands/Czech Republic)
Unseen Italy Ucca Prize
Red Sky At Night - Emanuele Mengotti
Young Critics Award
Divas - Máté Kőrösi
Audience Award for Best Film in the Contemporary Lives Competition
In the name of Gerry Conlon - Lorenzo Moscia (Italy)
Audience Award for Best Film in the Biografilm Art & Music Competition
Gian Paolo Barbieri. The Man and the Beauty - Emiliano Scatarzi (Italy)
Bio to B - Industry Days
Best Project Bio to B Award
Fragments of a Life Loved - Chloé Barreau (Italy)
Best Project from Emilia-Romagna Bio to B Award
Fade Out - Mattia Epifani (Italy)
Production: Rodaggio Film
Mia Market Award
Imola I994 - Francesco Merini (Italy)
Production: Mammut Film
Visioni Incontra Award
Fragments of a Life Loved - Chloé Barreau
(Translated from Italian)
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