The Dinner wins the Europa Cinemas Label
by Vittoria Scarpa
- VENICE 2014: The film directed by Ivano De Matteo was awarded Best European Film at Venice Days. The Queer Lion Award went to Summer Nights, while Olmo Antinori got Best Actor
Italian film The Dinner [+see also:
interview: Ivano De Matteo
film profile], directed by Ivano De Matteo, has won the 11th edition of the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film at Venice Days. With this honour, The Dinner will be able to benefit from promotional support from Europa Cinemas and a greater level of visibility, thanks to the financial incentive being offered to a network of movie theatres that will screen it.
The jury justified its decision in the following way: “Ivano de Matteo’s film is a confident, beautifully written and extremely well constructed drama. It manages to articulate many powerful themes – alienation between children and their parents, fraternal rivalry and the law, among others – without ever becoming a predictable polemic. The ensemble cast is universally strong, and they bring the characters’ development and changes to vivid life during the course of the film.”
The BNL Audience Award given to a film in the Official Selection of the Venice Days was bestowed upon The Farewell Party by Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon (Israel, Germany; sold internationally by Beta Cinema).
The other prizes handed out at Venice Days were as follows:
AKAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR:
Jacopo Olmo Antinori in The Dinner by Ivano De Matteo
BRIAN AWARD – UAAR (UNION OF RATIONALIST ATHEISTS AND AGNOSTICS):
The Farewell PartybyTal Granit and Sharon Maymon
Furthermore, it should be noted that the official Venice Days jury, chaired by Diego Lerman, handed the Venice Days Award to Return to Ithaca [+see also:
interview: Laurent Cantet
film profile] by Laurent Cantet,which featured in the 2014 Official Selection (read the news).
(Translated from Italian)