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LECCE 2015 Awards

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The Golden Olive Tree goes to Song of My Mother by Erol Mintaş

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- My Skinny Sister wins three awards (Best Screenplay Award, Fipresci Jury Award, Audience Award), The Verdone Award goes to Sebastiano Riso and the Cineuropa Award goes to Corrections Class

The Golden Olive Tree goes to Song of My Mother by Erol Mintaş
Song of My Mother by Erol Mintaş

This year the Golden Olive Tree of the 16th edition of the Lecce European Film Festival, which closed last Saturday, went to Turkish-French-German film Song of My Mother [+see also:
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by Erol Mintaş. The jury, made up of Pappi Corsicato, Francesca Marciano and Bruno Torri chose this film “for the clear and seemingly simple way it tells its story” and for the way it succeeds in “sensitively portraying the existential and social conflicts of a country overcome by unstoppable change and contradictions”.

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The Best Screenplay Award went to My Skinny Sister [+see also:
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by Sanna Lenken. This Swedish title also won the Fipresci Award (jury: Gemma Lanzo, Anna Osmόlska and Michael Pattison) for the way it approaches its subject matter “delicately and using a fresh approach, treating the characters in a sensitive and human way” and for “two excellent performances that draw the viewer in emotionally”, as well as the Audience Award.

The Best Photography Award went to Superworld [+see also:
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by Austrian filmmaker Karl Markovics, and the Special Jury Award went to Russian-German film Corrections Class [+see also:
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by Ivan I. Tverdovsky. The latter also won the Cineuropa Award (jury: Luciana Castellina and Mirsad Purivatra), for its “fantastic use of the camera, which creates the impression that you’re watching a documentary every step of the way” and because it “reflects a classic segment of post-Soviet society, which combined the dogmatism of the old and the uncertainty of the new, violence generated by an absence of values”. 

The sixth edition of the Mario Verdone Award went to Sebastiano Riso for Darker Than Midnight [+see also:
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. The SNGCI (Italian National Union for Cinema Journalists) Award for Best European Actor/Actress went to Ghita Nørby for her role in the Danish film Key House Mirror [+see also:
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Finally, turning to short films: the Emidio Greco Award went to La baracca by Alessandro De Leo and Federico di Corato; the Puglia Show Award went to Destination de Dieu by Andrea Gadaleta Caldarola, and Cala Pauraby Gianluca Marinelli received a Special Mention.

(Translated from Italian)

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