Italian Golden Globes: the foreign press chooses The Stuff of Dreams
by Vittoria Scarpa
- The prizes given out by the Foreign Press Association in Italy were handed out yesterday; Best Debut Film went to Worldly Girl, while Isabella Ragonese and Renato Carpentieri snagged the acting gongs
Yesterday, during a ceremony at the Villa Medici, the Foreign Press Association in Italy gave out the trophies at the 57th edition of the Italian Golden Globes, the prizes handed out every year to Italian films by the foreign press. The Best Film, according to the 33 foreign journalists who voted, was The Stuff of Dreams [+see also:
film profile] by Gianfranco Cabiddu. Their justification was as follows: “For its magnificent transposition of the Shakespearean verse ‘All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.’ It shows the repercussions of the theatre on reality in the middle of nowhere, where nothing is what it seems, between unlikely characters who are nonetheless full of life. It’s a film that pieces the puzzle back together, putting guilt, revenge, redemption and forgiveness in their right place.”
Worldly Girl [+see also:
interview: Marco Danieli
film profile] by Marco Danieli took home the Best Debut Film Award (because “the director’s strong spirit of observation lends the film a sense of authenticity that makes the religious rites and the paradoxes of a world that is sometimes hard to decipher all the more believable”), while Best Comedy was bestowed upon Let Yourself Go! [+see also:
film profile] by Francesco Amato (“for the master touch of being able to transform sins such as greed, inconstancy and eccentricity into small, eternal, human weaknesses, with both irony and levity”).
As for the acting gongs, Best Actress went to Isabella Ragonese for There Is a Light [+see also:
interview: Fabio Mollo
film profile] by Fabio Mollo (for having succeeded “in showing the audience the most diverse aspects of the female universe in a single season, starting with the role of an ignorant mother”), and Renato Carpentieri was voted Best Actor for Holding Hands [+see also:
interview: Gianni Amelio
film profile] by Gianni Amelio (“for having created the most complex ‘Amelian’ father of all time”).
Two special awards were also handed out: the Grand Prize of the Foreign Press to the medium-length documentary Restoring the Sky by Tommaso Santi and the Lifetime Achievement Golden Globe for director Dario Argento.
Here is the complete list of winners:
Best Short Film
Penalty - Aldo Iuliano
Grand Prize of the Foreign Press
Restoring the Sky - Tommaso Santi
Lifetime Achievement Golden Globe
(Translated from Italian)
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