Göteborg’s Bergman Award goes to Pietro Marcello
by Camillo De Marco
- Following the Locarno, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro and Rotterdam Film Festivals, Lost and Beautiful has now conquered the most important film gathering in Scandinavia
“At such a prestigious Northern European festival as Göteborg, I’m very proud to receive a prize named after one of the most distinguished auteurs in the history of cinema, Ingmar Bergman.” These were the words of Pietro Marcello, the director of Lost and Beautiful [+see also:
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Already selected in competition at Locarno, and presented at the Toronto, Rio de Janeiro and Rotterdam Film Festivals, among others, the movie has now also conquered the most important film gathering in Scandinavia. The jury – composed of Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari, Mary Ramos (a music supervisor on Quentin Tarantino’s films) and Swedish director Kristian Petri – highlighted “the film’s stunning elegiac vision, its generosity of spirit, reigniting our faith in humanity during cynical times, and its meaningful update of cinema” as it justified the award.
Marcello added: “Lost and Beautiful is an independent project that was realised with a totally unrestricted pace and unrestrained methods. It is probably the most complex and precious of all my works; it’s a film about the feelings of common folk, injustice, and the relationship between man and nature. We are proud of this movie because it has a soul – not because of us, but because of the innate energy within it, because of its humanity and the chemistry of the landscape.”
(Translated from Italian)