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VALENCIA 2021 Premi

La Mostra di Valencia assegna la sua Palma d’Oro al film bosniaco So She Doesn’t Live

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- Il primo premio è andato al film di Faruk Loncarevic, mentre il secondo è andato al francese Le monde après nous, opera prima di Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas

La Mostra di Valencia assegna la sua Palma d’Oro al film bosniaco So She Doesn’t Live
So She Doesn’t Live di Faruk Loncarevic

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The international jury – chaired by French actress-writer-director Myriam Mézières, and also made up of Spanish producer Marina Perales Marhuenda, French composer Jean-Michel Bernard, Palestinian filmmaker Najwa Najjar, and Tunisian author and film theorist Tarek Ben Chaabane – considered the brutal tale So She Doesn't Live [+leggi anche:
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(a production by Bosnia and Herzegovina) by Faruk Loncarevic to be deserving of the Golden Palm, an award endowed with €25,000, and the top prize of the 36th edition of the Mostra de València – Cinema del Mediterrani. The reasoning behind this decision was that it “required the audience to adopt an active attitude, and offered a reflection on a society that has not recovered from the violence of the past and that, for that very reason, is condemned to repeat it over and over again”. 

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The Silver Palm, worth €15,000, was bestowed upon the French movie The World After Us [+leggi anche:
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, the feature debut by Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas, who offers up a shrewd generational portrait with a pronounced social emphasis. In the jury’s opinion, it was deserving of the prize “for its totally honest treatment of intimate relations, introducing a seemingly light poetic burden, which is actually laden with complexity".

In accordance with the cooperation agreement between TV channel À Punt and the Mostra de València, the À Punt Audience Award is given out to a film in the Informative Section that is deemed to be the best by those attending the festival’s screenings: the lucky winner was Broken Keys, a Lebanese production directed by Jimmy Keyrouz. The feature is set in 2014, in a Middle Eastern city besieged by a group of ISIS extremists who have banned all modern ways of life and contemporary music. The award entails the acquisition of broadcasting rights by À Punt Mèdia.

Furthermore, the jury gave out the following trophies: Best Director to Alex Camilleri for his work on Luzzu [+leggi anche:
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; Best Screenplay to Sonia Liza Kenterman and Tracy Sunderland for their efforts on Tailor [+leggi anche:
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, which also earned Dimitris Imellos the Best Actor Award and composer Nikos Kypourgos the Best Soundtrack Award; Best Actress to Bassant Ahmed and Basmala Elghaiesh, who won ex aequo for Souad [+leggi anche:
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; and Best Cinematography to Dusan Joksimovic for lensing Heavens Above [+leggi anche:
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The presentation of the awards took place during the closing ceremony of this 36th edition of the event, which was held on 22 October in La Rambleta. In addition to the aforementioned prizewinners, French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet received the Honorary Palm for his lifetime achievement, including standout titles such as The City of Lost Children, A Very Long Engagement and Amélie [+leggi anche:
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Here is the full list of award winners:

Golden Palm
So She Doesn't Live [+leggi anche:
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– Faruk Loncarevic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Silver Palm
The World After Us [+leggi anche:
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- Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas (France)

À Punt Audience Award
Broken Keys - Jimmy Keyrouz (Lebanon)

Best Director
Alex Camilleri - Luzzu [+leggi anche:
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(Malta/USA)

Best Screenplay
Sonia Liza Kenterman and Tracy Sunderland - Tailor [+leggi anche:
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intervista: Sonia Liza Kenterman
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(Greece/Germany/Belgium)

Best Actress
Bassant Ahmed and Basmala Elghaiesh – Souad [+leggi anche:
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(Egypt/Tunisia/Germany)

Best Actor
Dimitris Imellos – Tailor

Best Cinematography
Dusan Joksimovic - Heavens Above [+leggi anche:
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intervista: Srđan Dragojević
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(Serbia/Germany/North Macedonia/Slovenia/Croatia/Montenegro/Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Best Soundtrack
Nikos Kypourgos – Tailor

Honrary Palm
Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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