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ROME 2019 Awards

Alessandro Piva’s Santa subito wins the Audience Award at the 14th Rome Film Fest

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- The Best Film in the Alice nella Città section is The Dazzled, while Lorenzo Mattotti wins the Best Director Award for The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily, and Cleo is also a winner

Alessandro Piva’s Santa subito wins the Audience Award at the 14th Rome Film Fest
Alessandro Piva on the red carpet of the 14th Rome Film Fest with the Audience Award given to his documentary Santa subito (© Rome Film Fest)

Alessandro Piva’s Santa subito [+see also:
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won the BNl Audience Award (the only award given in the Official Selection) at the 14th Rome Film Fest, which ended yesterday, on 27 October, celebrating an 18% increase in box office earnings, a 10% increase in tickets sold, and an 86% increase in visits to its official website. The documentary on the femicide of Santa Scorese, a young, saintly Catholic activist killed in Bari in 1991 by a deranged man, was elected winner of the Audience Award by viewers who voted via myCicero (with the official app of the festival) and on the festival website

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Regarding Alice nella Città, the parallel and independent section of the festival dedicated to new generations of filmmakers and which saw a 26% increase in ticket sales, the jury handed out the Best Film Award to French film The Dazzled [+see also:
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by Sarah Suco, “for its ability to tell a raw and engaging story, attentive to the details of a tragic reality, and intelligently capturing at the same time the comic nuances of an imprisoned life.” The award for Best Director, meanwhile, went to Lorenzo Mattotti for The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily [+see also:
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, which the jury described as “a timeless tale for adults and children alike, told with efficiency, delicacy and maturity.”

Iranian film Son-Mother [+see also:
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by Mahnaz Mohammadi won the Special Jury Award in the Alice section, “for its lucid directing involved in deep and engaging emotions, set in a world of cultural, social and political denunciation.” Finally, the TimVision award, went to Belgian film Cleo [+see also:
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 by Eva Cools, “a dramatic and authentic film which opts for the hardest path to tell the story of the mourning process and the sense of guilt intersecting on the same plane the victim and the executioner;” the film will be exclusively available on the TimVision platform.

The 15th edition of the Rome Film Fest will take place from 15 to 25 October 2020.

The full list of award winners:

Official Selection

BNL Audience Award
Santa subito [+see also:
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interview: Alessandro Piva
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- Alessandro Piva (Italy)

Alice nella Città

Best Film
The Dazzled [+see also:
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- Sarah Suco (France)

Best Director
The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily [+see also:
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interview: Lorenzo Mattotti
film profile
]
- Lorenzo Mattotti (France/Italy)

Special Jury Award
Son-Mother [+see also:
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film profile
]
- Mahnaz Mohammadi (Iran)

Raffaella Fioretta Award for Italian Cinema - Roma Lazio Film Commission
Darkness [+see also:
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]
- Emanuela Rossi (Italy)

TimVision Award
Cleo [+see also:
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- Eva Cools (Belgium)

RBCasting Award
Beatrice Grannò - Mi chiedo quando ti mancherò (Italy)

Rising Star Award
Anna Franziska Jaeger – Cleo

Special Mention for Best Actress
Nora Stassi - L’Agnello (Italy/France)

Pietro Coccia Cinematography Award
Tullio Trotta

Instant Stories Cinemotore Award
Marcello Giovani - Bang Bang (Italy)

Lotus Best Short Film Award
3 Sleeps - Christopher Holt (U.K.)

MyMovies First Film Award
Cleo - Eva Cools

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(Translated from Italian)

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