Summer of 85 triumphs at Rome Film Fest
- Bearing the Cannes 73 label, François Ozon’s work walked away with the Audience Award while Alice nella Città saw Punta Sacra scoop its Jury Award and Ibrahim its Golden Camera trophy
Summer of 85 [+see also:
film profile] by François Ozon has been crowned the winning film of the 15th Rome Film Fest, which closed yesterday, 25 October. The only prize awarded for works competing in the Official Selection, the BNL Audience Award was voted upon by viewers of the festival who attended the screenings in great number despite the range of restrictions introduced as a result of Covid-19. Indeed, whilst cinema capacity was reduced to 50% for this year’s unusual edition - which unspooled just ahead of another round of cinema closures in Italy (effective as of today, as decided by the government in a bid to combat the virus), turnout was recorded at an impressive 85%.
Alice nella Città, the independent, parallel sidebar dedicated to younger generations which has now celebrated its 18th year, declared the American work Kajillionaire by Miranda July to be its Best Film, “for the [director’s] ability to create a story capable of transposing classic themes into both pleasant and harsh images, told from a surreal and cynical viewpoint”. The jury composed of 16 youngsters, ranging from 15 - 18 years of age, also handed a Special Prize to Francesca Mazzoleni’s Punta Sacra [+see also:
interview: Francesca Mazzoleni
film profile], “for knowing how to convey the many facets of a community in an ever-original fashion, deftly revealing the beauty and melancholy and the light and shade of those who live there, day in, day out”.
The Alice/MyMovies Golden Camera Award, decided upon by a jury composed of director- screenwriters Eva Cools and Agostino Ferrente, actress Caterina Guzzanti and directors Claudio Noce and Roberta Torre, was scooped by Samir Guesmi’s Ibrahim [+see also:
film profile], “a film which speaks of love and is full of piety and tenderness, homing in on humanity as it continually tries to resist the line that’s drawn between deviancy and resilience”. The jury also awarded a Special Mention to Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh’s Gagarin [+see also:
interview: Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Tr…
The Raffaella Fioretta Award (worth 3,000 Euros), which was assigned by the jury composed of directors Dario Albertini and Riccardo Milani and actress Valentina Lodovini, went to Il mio corpo [+see also:
interview: Michele Pennetta
film profile] by Michele Pennetta, “a work which speaks of abandon, rejection, degradation and humanity, which Pennetta conveys highly effectively, with an especially exquisite level of sensitivity which sets him apart from the rest”.
Last but not least, the DO Rising Star Award for Best Non-Italian Newcomer was won by Enrik Enge who, in Tigers [+see also:
interview: Ronnie Sandahl
film profile], “offers up an extraordinarily complex character: intelligent, sensitive and determined; physically vulnerable yet strong”.
The winners of the 15th Rome Film Fest are as follows:
Alice nella Città
Alice 2020 Best Film Award
Kajillionaire - Miranda July (US)
Best Short Film
El Silencio del Rio - Francesca Canepa (Peru)
Tropicana - Francesco Romano (Italy)
DO Rising Star Award for Best Non-Italian Newcomer
Enrik Enge - Tigers
Alseni Bathily - Gagarin
Rolling Stone Award for Best Score
Gagarin - Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh
Punta Sacra - Francesca Mazzoleni
Pietro Coccia Study Grant (€1,000)
(Translated from Italian)
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