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The Four Times triumphs at Annecy

by Fabien Lemercier

04/10/2010

The Four Times triumphs at Annecy

The Grand Prize at the 28th Annecy Italian Film Festival was awarded to Michelangelo Frammartino for The Four Times [+see also:
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, which was unveiled in the latest Cannes Directors’ Fortnight where it won the Europa Cinemas Label.

The jury – presided by actress Anna Bonaiuto and comprising, among others, French director Pierre Salvadori – handed its Special Prize to Ascanio Celestini for The Black Sheep [+see also:
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, which was discovered in competition at the latest Venice festival and released last Friday in Italian theatres.

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Best Actress went to Alexandra Pirici for her performance in Massimo Coppola’s Afraid of the Dark (Bruises) [+see also:
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. Special mentions were awarded to Pia Lanciotti for Alessandro Angelini’s Keep Your Head Up [+see also:
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and Carlotta Natoli for Edoardo Leo’s 18 Years Later [+see also:
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, which also scooped the Audience Award.

Luca Guastini took Best Actor for his role in Max Amato’s Exit, A Personal History. Meanwhile, the CICAE (International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas) jury also gave a prize to Frammartino’s The Four Times.

The festival’s traditional Sergio Leone Award this year went to Stefano Incerti, whose latest feature Gorbaciof [+see also:
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won acclaim at Venice and will be released in Italy on October 15.

Finally, in the Documentary category, the Grand Prize went to Stefano Savona’s Cast lead, while the Special Prize was shared by Paola Sangiovanni’s Girls, Life Is Trembling and Andrea Caccia’s Life In the Time of Death.

A showcase for Italian films in France, the Annecy festival also screened several avant-premieres out of competition, including Daniele Luchetti’s Our Life [+see also:
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(which earned Best Actor for Elio Germano at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and will be released by Ad Vitam in France in April 2011); and Carlo Mazzacurati’s Venice competition title The Passion [+see also:
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(Translated from French)

Stockholm University of the Arts
 

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