The Tale of King Crab crowned at Annecy Cinéma Italien
- Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis’ feature wins the Best Film award, while The Giants receives two distinctions and Small Body gets the Audience Award
Opened by Leonardo Di Costanzo's Venice-selected The Inner Cage [+see also:
interview: Leonardo Di Costanzo
film profile] and marked by the Sergio Leone 2021 prize awarded to Jonas Capignano (A Chiara [+see also:
interview: Jonas Carpignano
film profile]), the 39th edition of the Annecy Cinéma Italien festival, which took place from 27 September to 3 October, has unveiled its prize list.
Dedicated to new talent, the competition, judged by a jury composed of Karel Och (artistic director of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival) and directors Francesca Mazzoleni and Laura Luchetti, crowned The Tale of King Crab [+see also:
interview: Alessio Rigo de Righi and M…
film profile] by Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis "for brilliantly creating an enchanting and free world, without ever renouncing the power of emotion.” Discovered in Directors' Fortnight, the film will be distributed in France by Shellac, which also manages international sales.
The jury awarded the prize for best direction to The Giants [+see also:
interview: Bonifacio Angius
film profile] by Bonifacio Angius, which was unveiled in Locarno in competition. The film was praised for its "courageous, unpredictable and bloody direction, which brings to life a story that is difficult to forget," and also won the Youth Jury prize.
The Best Performance award went to Khadija Jaafari for "managing to maintain the coherence and beauty of a role over the years, without ever losing the soul of a character who is both intense and fragile" in Californie [+see also:
interview: Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey…
film profile] by Alessandro Cassigoli and Casey Kauffman which premiered at the Giornate degli Autori in Venice.
Finally, it should be noted that Laura Samani's Small Body [+see also:
interview: Laura Samani
film profile], presented in Cannes (in Critics’ Week) and which will be distributed in France by Arizona, won the Audience Award.
The list of winners:
Youth Jury prize
The Giants - Bonifacio Angius
(Translated from French)
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