On-the-road documentaries strike again: Tir wins the Rome Festival
- After Sacro Gra received the Golden Lion in Venice, the Marc'Aurelio for best film went to Alberto Fasulo’s film, which tells the story of a former Croatian teacher who becomes a lorry driver for money
The award for best film went to a documentary and the award for best actress went to a voice. New films were discovered and others were reconfirmed in the awards at the 8th Rome International Film Festival, which came to a close on Saturday, November 17. After the Golden Lion in Venice going to Sacro Gra [+see also:
interview: Gianfranco Rosi
film profile] by Gianfranco Rosi, another documentary-fiction film was applauded in Rome, to the surprise of many. Tir [+see also:
interview: Alberto Fasulo
film profile] by Alberto Fasulo (read the news story), about a former Croatian teacher who becomes a truck driver in order to earn more money, was the winner of the Golden Marc'Aurelio. Another surprise among the awards was the award fro best actress going to Scarlett Johansson, whose voice is used in Her by Spike Jonze (a festival favourite), giving life to the sensuous operating system of a computer without ever appearing onscreen.
European cinema was not widely represented in the awards. The special jury prize went to Quod Erat Demonstrandum [+see also:
interview: Andrei Gruzsniczki
interview: Andrei Gruzsniczki
film profile] by Romanian Andrei Gruzsniczk (read the review) and the award for best screenplay went to Turkish-French-Greek-German film I Am Not Him [+see also:
film profile] by Tayfun Pirselimoglu (review). The rest of the awards went to Japan (director and technical contribution for Seventh Code by Kiyoshi Kurosawa), United States (best actor to Matthew McConaughey, and audience award to Dallas Buyers Club by Jean-Marc Vallée), Iran and China. The award for best emerging producer went to French Jean Denis Le Dinahet and Sébastien Msika (B24 Film and Madakai) for South Is Nothing by Fabio Mollo (review).
For a complete list of official awards, click here. As for Alice in the City, the autonomous section for younger viewers, Finland was the recipient of two prizes: best film for The Disciple [+see also:
film profile] by Ulrika Bengts and special jury mention for Heart of a Lion [+see also:
film profile] by Dome Karukoski.
(Translated from Italian)
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- I Am Not Him [TR, FR, GR, DE] (2013): film profile, film review, trailer
- Quod erat demonstrandum [RO] (2013): film profile, film review, trailer, interview: Andrei Gruzsniczki, interview: Andrei Gruzsniczki
- TIR [IT, HR] (2013): film profile, film review, trailer, interview: Alberto Fasulo
- South Is Nothing [IT, FR] (2013): film profile, film review, trailer, interview: Miriam Karlkvist
- The Disciple [FI] (2013): film profile, trailer
- Heart of a Lion [FI, SE] (2013): film profile, trailer