The Pearl Button wins Biografilm, while a Mention goes to A Syrian Love Story
by Camillo De Marco
- The Life Tales Award for the most captivating biographical story has gone to The Russian Woodpecker, which was already a winner at Sundance
The Pearl Button [+see also:
film profile] by Patricio Guzman was the winner of the Unipol Award for Best Film at the 2015 edition of the Bologna Biografilm Festival. The movie by the Chilean director, which was co-produced by France, Chile and Spain, was selected in Official Competition at the Berlinale in February, where it won the independent Ecumenical Jury Award (read the review). The film also received the Audience Award at Biografilm.
The international jury, chaired by director Silvio Soldini, then handed the Life Tales Award for the most captivating biographical story to The Russian Woodpecker [+see also:
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The International Competition Jury’s Special Mention went to Britain’s Sean McAllister for A Syrian Love Story [+see also:
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The Biografilm Italia Award went to Napolislam by Ernesto Pagano. Special Mentions of the Italian Jury (this year chaired by director Antonietta De Lillo) went to L'equilibrio del cucchiaino by Adriano Sforzi and Samsara Diary by Ramchandra Pace. The Special Distribution Award was granted to Numero zero by Enrico Bisi by Unipol Biografilm Collection and I Wonder Pictures. Lastly, the "Hera" Award for Best Debut Film went to The Russian Woodpecker, with a Special Mention for Samsara Diary.
(Translated from Italian)