Pietro Marcello makes history at Turin fest with Bocca del Lupo
by Gabriele Barcaro
For the first time in its history, the Turin Film Festival has given its top prize to an Italian film. The jury – presided over by screenwriter Sandro Petraglia and comprising Anna Biller, Rui Nogueira, Maya Sansa and Gyorgy Szomjas – picked Pietro Marcello’s La Bocca del Lupo [+see also:
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The docu-melodrama (to be distributed domestically by BIM – see news) also won over FIPRESCI critics, who said: “We are proud to present our prize to a film about life on the economic and social margins, halfway between documentary and film fiction, reportage and melodrama. Besides depicting what is undoubtedly the greatest love story at the festival, this poetic film, which contrasts archive images of Genoa with footage shot today of the city, also invites viewers to reflect upon the relationship between public and private history”.
The Americas swept up the rest of the main awards. The Special Jury prize was given ex-aequo to Sherry White’s Crackie (Canada) and Damien Chazelle Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (US). Best Actress went to Catalina Saavedra, the Chilean nanny of La Nana, and Best Actor was shared by two lions of American indie cinema, Robert Duvall and Bill Murray, for their performances in Aaron Schneider’s Get Low.
Shut out from the top prizes was one of the top films of the festival, Calin Netzer’s Medal of Honor [+see also:
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The sidebar of local documentary films, Italiana.doc, was won by Caterina Carone’s Valentina Postika in Attesa di Partire, while the Special Jury Prize (given by Marta Donzelli, Stefano Mordini and Jean-Pierre Rehm) went to Marcello Sannino’s Corde and The Cambodian Room: Situations with Antoine D’Agata by Tommaso Lusena and Giuseppe Schillaci.
Of the international documentaries vying for the Cult Award, top honours went to Oil City Confidential, the third instalment – following The Filth and the Fury and Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten [+see also:
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(Translated from Italian)