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BIF&ST 2018 Awards

The Captain and What Will People Say scoop awards at Bari

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- Valerio Mastandrea scoops up an award for Tito and the Aliens in the first and second films section, while the protagonists of Daughter of Mine – Valeria Golino and Alba Rohrwacher – also win big

The Captain and What Will People Say scoop awards at Bari
Giuseppe Tornatore (on the left) awards the Fellini Award for Cinematic Excellence to Bernardo Bertolucci

The 9th edition of Bif&st - Bari International Film Festival ended with a very long standing ovation for Bernardo Bertolucci last Saturday, after a week of screenings, meetings and tributes. The great filmmaker received the Fellini Award for Cinematic Excellence from his colleague and fellow Oscar-winner Giuseppe Tornatore, before the world premiere of a new version of his cult film Last Tango in Paris, which has been restored by the National Film Library of the Experimental Cinematography Centre, and is showing in cinemas on 21, 22 and 23 May. The restoration was completed by Bertolucci’s very own director of photography, Vittorio Storaro, who also received an award for cinematic excellence at Bari.

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As for the international panorama section, a jury of 30 viewers presided over by the writer and screenwriter Gianrico Carofiglio awarded the prize for Best Director to Robert Schwentke for The Captain [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Robert Schwentke
film profile
]
, a film that also scooped up the Best Actor award for Max Hubacher’s performance. The Best Actress award went to Maria Mozhdah for the film What Will People Say [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Iram Haq
film profile
]
by Iram Haq.

As for the first and second films section, a jury of 30 viewers presided over by the writer and screenwriter Giancarlo De Cataldo, chose to give the Best Director award to Paola Randi for Little Tito and the Aliens [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Paola Randi
film profile
]
, "a fresh, exciting and sometimes brilliant film." The film also scooped up the Best Actor award for Valerio Mastandrea’s performance and "his young and peaceful irony." Two actresses ended up winning the Best Actress award in this section this year: Valeria Golino and Alba Rohrwacher in Daughter of Mine [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Laura Bispuri
film profile
]
by Laura Bispuri, "two perfect actresses who tell the story of the generous sharing of a maternal love that is as exclusive as it is imperfect."

And with that, Bif&st 2018 came to a successful close, recording an attendance of 75,000 viewers. The next edition of Bari International Film Festival will be held from 27 April to 4 May 2019.

The full list of the winners:

Panorama International Section

Bif&st International Award for Best Director
Robert Schwentke - The Captain [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Robert Schwentke
film profile
]
(Germany/France/Poland)

Bif&st International Award for Best Actress
Maria Mozhdah- What Will People Say [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Iram Haq
film profile
]
 (Norway/Germany/Sweden)

Bif&st International Award for Best Actor
Max Hubacher - The Captain

First and Second Films Section

Ettore Scola Award for Best Director
Paola Randi - Little Tito and the Aliens [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Paola Randi
film profile
]
(Italy)

Gabriele Ferzetti Award for Best Actor
Valerio Mastandrea – Little Tito and the Aliens

Mariangela Melato Cinema Award for Best Actress
Valeria Golino and Alba Rohrwacher - Daughter of Mine [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Laura Bispuri
film profile
]
 (Italy/Germany/Switzerland)

Federico Fellini Platinum Award for Cinematic Excellence
Bernardo Bertolucci, Vittorio Storaro, Mario Martone, Antonio Albanese, Pippo Baudo, Pierfrancesco Favino

ItaliaFilmFest – Feature films awarded by the permanent Bif&st jury

Mario Monicelli Award for Best Director  
Gianni Amelio - Holding Hands [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Gianni Amelio
film profile
]

Franco Cristaldi Award for Best Producer  
Domenico Procacci and Matteo Rovere - I Can Quit Whenever I Want 3: Ad Honorem [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]

Tonino Guerra Award for Best Subject Matter
Marco Pettenello and Andrea Segre - The Order of Things [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Andrea Segre
film profile
]
 (Italy/France)

Luciano Vincenzoni Award for Best Screenplay
Susanna Nicchiarelli - Nico, 1988 [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Susanna Nicchiarelli
film profile
]
 (Italy/Belgium)

Anna Magnani Award for Best Actress
Lucia Mascino - Stories of Love That Cannot Belong to This World [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Francesca Comencini
film profile
]

Vittorio Gassman Award for Best Actor
Renato Carpentieri – Holding Hands

Alida Valli Award for Best Supporting Actress
Anna Bonaiuto - Naples in Veils [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]

Alberto Sordi Award for Best Supporting Actor
Roberto Del Gaudio - Equilibrium [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Vincenzo Marra
film profile
]

Ennio Morricone Award for Best Music Composer
Pivio and Aldo De Scalzi - Love and Bullets [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Marco and Antonio Manetti
film profile
]

Giuseppe Rotunno Award for Best Director of Photography
Fabio Cianchetti - Dove non ho mai abitato [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]

Dante Ferretti Award for Best Set Design
Deniz Göktürk Kobanbay and Ivana Gargiulo – Naples in Veils

Roberto Perpignani Award for Best Editing
Leonardo Alberto Moschetta – Naples in Veils

Piero Tosi Award for Best Costumes
Massimo Cantini Parrini - Riccardo va all’inferno [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]

Maria Pia Fusco Award for Innovation and Creativity
Lionello Cerri

(Translated from Italian)

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