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Venice 59 - Sidebar Awards

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- The first awards start rolling in at the 59th Mostra with an Asian victory in both Critics' Week and the Fipresci

Venice 59 - Sidebar Awards

It’s raining awards in Venice. The jury of the 17th International Critics’ Week: director Carlo Lizzani, actress and director Julie Delpy and critic Dan Fainaru, gave the CNI-Cult Network Italia Best First Film Award (a cash prize of Euros10,000) to Mon Huan Bu Luo (Somewhere over the Dreamworld) by Cheng Wen-Tang. The motivation? "For the imaginative and original storyline and the simplicity with which the Taiwanese director portrayed issues like losing one’s heritage and loneliness, both common to many parts of the world.”
The mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni presented the City of Rome – Arcobaleno Latino award for best new director to Daniele Vicari for Velocità Massima (also in competition). He also won the Pasinetti award from the Italian film journalists' guild.
Fedic, the Italian Federation of Filmclubs also presented Valerio Mastrandrea, the star of Vicari's directorial debut with their award and gave a special mention to Paolo Ameli's short film, Rosso Fango.
This year’s prestigious ”Fipresci” awards went to Lee Chang-dong for Oasis, the best film of the official selection in Venice 59 and to Dylan Kidd’s Roger Dodger, the best film of the other sections. “Fipresci” bestowed an additional best short film award on Ken Loach for his contribution to the 11’09’’01 September 11 ensemble film.
Lee Chang-Dong’s Oasis also won the ”Signis” award of the World Catholic Association for Communication and Todd Haynes’ Far From Heaven and Rolf De Heer’s The Tracker both got special mentions.
The film critics’ ”FICC Award” went to Dylan Kidd’s Roger Dodger whlie Taiwanese director, Cheng Wen-Tang received a special mention for his acclaimed Mon huan bu luo (Somewhere over the Dreamland).
The Arcobaleno award for best film went to Manolo Gutierrez Argon’s El Caballero Don Quijote while the Special Mention of the “City of Rome” went to Marcel Schupbach’s B comme Béjart.
Stephen Frears won the Cinematografo Magazine and Ente dello Spettacolo’s Sergio Trasatti award for Dirty Pretty Things. The prize goes to a filmmaker who has made a significant contribution to promoting values like peace, freedom and solidarity.
Itay’s Spiro Scimone and Francesco Sframeli won the critics’ guild ”Isvema” award for Due Amici while the stars of Sergio Rubini’s L’anima gemella, Valentina Cervi and Violante Placido won the Wella. Paolo Virzì’s My Name is Tanino got a special mention from the Future Film Festival, and they gave their Digital award to Clint Eastwood for Bloodwork.
”Kinematrix” best feature went to Shinya Tsukamoto for A Snake of June while the "unusual formats” was won by Goldfish Game by Jan Lauwers.
A jury of 26 children assigned the Agiscuola Golden Lion Cub to Patrice Leconte for L’homme du train while Cineavvenire's best film was Lee Chang-dong's Oasis and their best first film was Kuang wu you yu by Taiwanese director Lee Chang-dong. Luis Sepulveda and Diego Neza won the man-and-nature prize for Corazon verde.
Last but by no means least, Andrei Konchalovskij won the Cinema for Peace award for for Dom Durakov.

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