Woman with a Broken Nose wins Lecce, Cineuropa Award goes to Albania’s Alimani
by Vittoria Scarpa
18/04/2011 - Srdan Kolijevic’s Serbian/German co-production The Woman with a Broken Nose [trailer] (see review) is the Golden Olive winner of the 12th Lecce Festival of European Film, which ended April 16.
This year’s festival edition was teeming with prestigious guests and important announcements. Toni Servillo, the subject of a retrospective, a photo exhibit and a book, spoke of his upcoming project (see news), as did Riccardo Scamarcio, who was at Lecce for Le Giornate Degli Attori (“Actors’ Days”) and will play a teacher in Giuseppe Piccioni’s latest film, set to start shooting in Rome in May.
Carlo Verdone, who at the festival presented an award named after his father Mario, also confirmed that he will start production in June, in Paris, on his new film Posti in piedi in paradiso (“Standing Room in Paradise”), about single fathers, starring Pier Francesco Favino, Marco Giallini and Micaela Ramazzotti.
The jury – comprising producer Paulo Branco; director of the Turin National Film Museum, Alberto Barbera, actor Giuseppe Battiston; artistic director of the Golden Globes of the foreign press in Italy, Elizabeth Missland; and journalist Marina Sanna – gave the Best Screenplay nod to Jon Garagno e José Mari Goenaga for For 80 Days (Spain), the story of two women who see each other after 50 years and between whom an unexpected passion sparks.
The Special Jury Prize went ex aequo to Marek Lechki’s Erratum (Poland) and prison drama Amnesty [trailer, film focus] (Albania/Greence/France) by Bujar Alimani. The latter also won the Cineuropa Award, chosen by Sarajevo Film Festival selector Elma Tataragic, and the FIPRESCI Prize.
The SNGCI Award, of the National Union of Italian Film Journalists, for Best Performance was given to Merab Ninidze for Robert Adrian Pejo’s The Camera Murderer (Austria/Switzerland/Hungary), and the Officine LAB Award for Best Supporting Performance to Piera Degli Esposti for Peter Marcias’ I bambini della sua vita (Italy).
Lastly, the award named after film critic Mario Verdone, for Best Film by an emerging Italian filmmaker, went to 20 Cigarettes [trailer] by Aureliano Amadei, who dedicated his prize to Vittorio Arrigoni, the humanitarian volunteer recently killed in Gaza.
(Translated from Italian)