The Wednesday Child declared the winner of Trieste
by Camillo De Marco
- Audiences chose to award the Trieste Prize to the debut piece by Hungarian filmmaker Lili Horváth. The Corso Salani Prize went to Banat (The Journey) by Adriano Valerio
It was The Wednesday Child [+see also:
interview: Lili Horváth
film profile] that came out on top of the feature film competition at the 27th Trieste Film Festival, which is directed by Annamaria Percavassi and Fabrizio Grosoli. Audiences chose to award the Trieste Prize (€5,000) to the debut film by Hungarian filmmaker Lili Horváth, the story of a young mother who desperately fights for custody of her son in the suburbs of Budapest.
Another story about a family to feature at the Festival was Under the Sun [+see also:
interview: Vitaly Mansky
film profile], which was awarded the Alpe Adria Cinema Award for Best Documentary: directed by Russian filmmaker Vitalij Manskij, one of the biggest contemporary documentary makers around, the film offers an original portrait of a run-of-the-mill family of Pyongyang in North Korea. The TFF Shorts Award (€2,000) of the Short Film Competition instead went to Dissonance by German filmmaker Till Nowak.
The 2016 Corso Salani jury chose to award Banat (The Journey) [+see also:
film profile]by Adriano Valerio, for the following reason: “The film tells an unusual story of “opposite immigration”, that gently explores the feelings of disorientation and search for the other, which were also inherent elements of Corso Salani’s films. It does this using a mixture of languages, also featuring particularly happy moments, such as the captivating interpretation of a simple and moving song by an intense Elena Radonicich”.
The CEI – Central European Initiative – Prize which goes, every year, to a civilly-committed film capable of interpreting the contemporary reality of Europe and the dialogue between cultures, went to The Prosecutor, The Defender, The Father and His Son [+see also:
interview: Iglika Triffonova
film profile] by Bulgarian filmmaker Iglika Triffonova, which is based on the true story of two lawyers who come face to face at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (in the Hague) in the trial of Milorad Krstić, accused of committing war crimes during the Bosnian War.
The international screenwriting workshop Eastweek, which was born out of the Festival’s collaboration with Alpe Adria Cinema, came to a close with the Mattador Prize for Best Story going to L'amor fu by Sara Cavosi and Fabio Marson, whilst the project chosen for the Midpoint, Central European Script Center of Prague was Stuffed Life by Tamara Kotevska (Republic of Macedonia).
This year saw the addition of the Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Prize, awarded by the think tank of the same name to the best documentary in competition, which this year went to Chuck Norris vs Communism [+see also:
film profile] by Ilinca Calugareanu.
The jury of students from the Liceo Petrarca in Trieste instead awarded the #TSFFbacktoschool Prize to short film Love on the Top of the World by Jan Cvitkovič.
(Translated from Italian)