Awards 2017

JURIES AWARDS:

 

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

The Jury:
Michael Madsen (president), Chiara Griziotti, Clive Oppenheimer, Anna de Manincor, Menotti.

  • Best Film Unipol Award | Biografilm Festival 2017:

 TO STAY ALIVE: A METHOD by Arno Hagers, Erik Lieshout e Reinier van Brummelen

Motivation: «For his illumination of the Secret of Life: life is perhaps never present in itself, but only as a friction between alienation and inspiration, which may find expression in poetry, music, or the greatest tinkling and bustling piece of art tucked away in the basement of the only fictitious character in the film, incarnated by Houellebecq himself. Ironically, the masterpiece resides only in our imagination, thus transforming the audience into world creators. Thank you for this new manifesto - introducing a world full of vivid images, pain, dignity and the generosity of real characters. Shared with a film audience, it is a world that reaches beyond our individual capacities to stay alive. »

  • LifeTales Award | Biografilm Festival 2017:

Qurban Ali Afzali one of the main characters of NOTHINGWOOD by Sonia Kronlund

Motivation: «We recognise Qurban Ali Afzali not only as a character in Nothingwood, but for his extraordinary performance as an actor (an actress, actually) in the role of a mother: a true piece of art that lifts the movie of the striking Afghan director Selim Shaheen from a local audience to the heights of the “cinema di poesia” imagined by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Qurban Ali Afzali reminds us of the singularity and the diversity of each and every human being and belongs to the international community of performing arts and cinema. Thank you to director Sonia Kronlund for introducing us to the world of contemporary Afghan cinema and for giving voice to the life tales of its creators and protagonists. »

  • Special mention to:

SPETTACOLO by Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen

Motivation: «For sharing the post-war "auto-drama" tradition of Montichiello (Tuscany), whose annual play gives voice to the collective conscience and contemporary concerns of its small community. This is a unique creative process from the ground up of public and participatory art, striving to stay alive to confront the social, demographic and economic transformations of our world.

È un processo creativo unico di arte pubblica e partecipativa, dal basso, che combatte per la propria esistenza in un mondo contemporaneo, percorso da profonde trasformazioni demografiche, economiche e sociali.»

 


 

BIOGRAFILM ITALIA

The Jury:
Federica Masin (president), Giovanni Cioni, Alfonso Maiorana, Enza Negroni, Giovanni Troilo.

  • Best Film Yoga Award | Biografilm Italia 2017 to:

OLTREMARE by Loredana Bianconi

Motivation: «A letter found in a drawer becomes the beginning of a journey into the history of Italian colonization in Africa. A unique, sophisticated and moving film, which boldly chooses to entrust the telling of the story to archival images, along with a skillful audio commentary, plunging the spectator into a collective memory that must be reclaimed. »

  • LifeTales Award | Biografilm Italia 2017 to:


IL PRINCIPE DI OSTIA BRONX by Raffaele Passerini

Motivation: «Coming from the stage that is Capocotta beach, an original film that depicts, through an intimate approach, a love story on the margins, two characters searching for happiness in a world that will not recognize them. A film that manages to go beyond stereotypes, evoking the spectator’s empathy and giving us a passionate insight into our modern world. »

  • Special mention to:

CINEMA GRATTACIELO by Marco Bertozzi

Motivation: «For the search into an innovative and visionary narrative and the strong cinematographic choice of giving a voice and body to a skyscraper’s biography, with its experiences, its residents, its dreams, its fantasies. »

 


PREMIO UCCA - L’ITALIA CHE NON SI VEDE

The Jury: Roberto Roversi, Antonio Borrelli, Andrea Contu.

  • Ucca Award - l’Italia che non si vede | Biografilm Italia 2017 in collaboration with Arci Ucca.  

THE HATE DESTROYER by Vincenzo Caruso

Motivation: «For managing to tell, through a personal and troubled portrait of a woman who battles through small daily actions against neo-Naziism, the current political crisis in European society, urging a timely reflection on the tools needed for combining the sacred principle of freedom of expression with a necessary containment of totalitarian ideologies and discrimination. »

 


PREMIO HERA “NUOVI TALENTI”

The Jury: Roger Ross Williams (president), Daniele Orazi, Teemu Nikki.

  • Premio Hera “Nuovi Talenti” | Biografilm Festival 2017 for the best first feature

STRANGER IN PARADISE by Guido Hendrikx

Motivation: «A film that explores the complexities of an important and timely issue in Europe. A story that takes us into a room full of opinions that force the audience to rethink their values. The Jury was impressed by a break-out performance of Valentijn Dhaentens.»

  • Special Mention:

NOTHINGWOOD by Sonia Kronlund

Motivation: «A film that surprises you in many ways and that opens a door to a country we thought we knew. The film tells us a story about an Afghan superstar who shows us that we all need films to give us hope. »


PREMIO CITEM

CITEM Award | Biografilm Festival 2017 to the best film of Biografilm Europa:

  • GLORY
    by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov

 

AUDIENCE AWARDS:

Audience Award | Biografilm Festival 2017. Ex Aequo:

  • AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER 
    by Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
  • SPETTACOLO
    by Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen

Audience Award | Biografilm Contemporary Lives 2017

  • STRANGER IN PARADISE
    by Guido Hendrikx

Audience Award | Biografilm Europa 2017

  • CHERCHEZ LA FEMME!
    by Sou Abadi

Audience Award | Biografilm Italia 2017

  • IL PRINCIPE DI OSTIA BRONX
    by Raffaele Passerini

Audience Award | Biografilm Music 2017

  • RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD
    by Catherine Bainbridge, co-director: Alfonso Maiorana

Audience Award | Biografilm Art 2017

  • FAME
    by Giacomo Abbruzzese, Angelo Milano

 


GUERRILLA STAFF AWARDS

Guerrilla Staff Award | Biografilm Festival 2017

  • MANIFESTO
    by Julian Rosefeldt

Guerrilla Staff Award for the Best Guest | Biografilm Festival 2017

  • FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA

 


PREMIO BIOGRAFILM SCHOOL

Biografilm School Award | Biografilm Festival 2017

  • PIERA DEGLI ESPOSTI
  • ANGUS MACQUEEN

 


PREMIO BIOGRAFILM FOLLOWER

Biografilm Follower Award ! Biografilm Festival 2017

  • IL PRINCIPE DI OSTIA BRONX
    by Raffaele Passerini

 

2 Best Film Unipol Award per TO STAY ALIVE A METHOD ritira il premio il seller internazionale Catherine Le Clef consegna il premio Gianmaria Restelli del Gruppo Unipol2

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