A Family Affair comes out on top at the Biografilm Festival in Bologna
by Vittoria Scarpa
- Tom Fassaert’s doc was Best Film in the International Competition, Goodbye Darling, I’m off to Fight won the Italian competition, while Best Debut Feature was Sonita
The Best Film Unipol Award at the 12th Bologna Biografilm Festival, which draws to a close today, has been bestowed upon A Family Affair [+see also:
interview: Tom Fassaert
film profile]. The jury for the International Competition, chaired by Sundance Film Festival programmer Hussain Currimbhoy, chose the epic family film by Dutch director Tom Fassaert “for its caustic look at the dramas of a family in pieces. Its perspective endeavours to fathom the roots of the problem in an unprejudiced way, leaving more questions than answers in relation to a situation that seems not to have any easy solutions.”
The winner of the Italian Competition (Best Film Yoga Award, the jury for which was chaired by director Andrea Segre) was Goodbye Darling, I’m off to Fight [+see also:
film profile] by Simone Manetti, the story of a former fashion model turned Thai boxing champion, “for the expressive and aesthetic coherence with which it portrays how a sports-related challenge, and also a human one, is overcome, exploring the boundary between reality and the mise-en-scène of a woman who is her own actress”.
Manetti’s documentary was also crowned with a Special Mention from the Feature Debut jury. This jury, helmed by French producer Daniel Marquet, gave out the “New Talents” HERA Award to Sonita [+see also:
film profile] by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, a film that, according to the jurors, “in addition to the flood of emotions that it was able to make us feel, also brings an implacable testimony along with it, presenting an extra opportunity to fight against obscurantism”.
Standing out among the audience’s favourites were the Italian-Swiss co-production Il fiume ha sempre ragione [+see also:
film profile] by Silvio Soldini, Snow Monkey by George Gittoes (Australia, Norway), The Student by Kirill Serebrennikov for the Europa section, and the Italian title See You in Texas [+see also:
film profile] by Vito Palmieri.
Here is the list of winners:
Life Tales Award
Presenting Princess Shaw - Ido Haar
Best Film Yoga Award
Goodbye Darling, I’m off to Fight - Simone Manetti
Life Tales Award
Ninna nanna prigioniera - Rossella Schillaci
Audience Award - Contemporary Lives
Snow Monkey - George Gittoes
Audience Award - Biografilm Europa
The Student - Kirill Serebrennikov
Audience Award - Biografilm Music
The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble - Morgan Neville
Audience Award - Biografilm Arte
Segantini ritorno alla natura - Francesco Fei
(Translated from Italian)
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