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Alì ha gli occhi azzurri among ten candidates selected for the Verdone Award

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- The recognition, reserved to debut and second films, will be given out during the next European Film Festival, which will take place in Lecce on April 9-13 2013

Alì ha gli occhi azzurri among ten candidates selected for the Verdone Award

Ten Italian films will be in the running for the Mario Verdone Award, in its fourth edition. The award is reserved for debut and second films which have distinguished themselves in the previous cinema season. The award is named after the well-known cinema critic (also father to director Carlo) and will be given out during the closing ceremony of the upcoming European Film Festival in Lecce, running from April 9-13.

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The films chosen by the selection committee, made up of Laura Delli Colli, Marcello Foti and Alberto La Monica, are: Alì ha gli occhi azzurri [+see also:
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 by Claudio Giovannesi (photo – special jury prize in Rome and best film debut in Rome), Cosimo e Nicole [+see also:
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 by Francesco Amato (perspectives award for best feature length film in Rome in 2012), The Landlords by Edoardo Gabbriellini (only film in competition during the 65th Locarno Festival), L'innocenza di Clara by Toni D'Angelo (which had its world premiere during the  Montreal World Film Festival), Itaker [+see also:
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 by Toni Trupia (a production debut for actor and director Michele Placido), Breve storia di lunghi tradimenti by Davide MarengoL'amore è imperfetto by Francesca MuciCome non detto by Ivan SilvestriniIl mistero di Laura by Giovanni Galletta and Amaro amore by Francesco H. Pepe.

The award, set up by the European Film Festival in collaboration with the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (the experimental centre for cinema) and the Italian national union for cinema journalists, is limited to directors who are 40 or younger. The Verdone siblings, Carlo, Luca and Silvia, will choose this year’s winner. “Not an easy choice,” Carlo admitted, “the ideas and genres are all different, but each film has its own strong personality as well as very talented actors.”

Previous editions have been won by Susanna Nicchiarelli for Cosmonauta [+see also:
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Aureliano Amadei for 20 sigarette [+see also:
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 and Andrea Segre for Shun Li and the Poet.

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(Translated from Italian)

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