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This year’s Nastri d’Argento Doc awards go to My Name is Francesco Totti and The Rossellinis

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- The Italian film journalists also crowned 1968 The Braibanti Trial, Punta Sacra e SanPa: Sins of the Saviour as its best documentaries of the year

This year’s Nastri d’Argento Doc awards go to My Name is Francesco Totti and The Rossellinis
My Name is Francesco Totti by Alex Infascelli

My Name is Francesco Totti [+see also:
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, The Rossellinis [+see also:
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and 1968 The Braibanti Trial [+see also:
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 have been named best documentaries of the year by the journalists of the Italian National Association of Film Journalists, during an edition of the Nastri d’Argento Documentary Awards dedicated to the great documentary-maker Cecilia Mangini, who passed away in January.

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Alex Infascelli’s film about football champion Francesco Totti walked away with the Reality Cinema Nastro, as well as taking home the Prize for Best Protagonist, which went to Totti himself, who not only fielded the ball in the movie, but also his image, his human and professional journey and his innermost emotions. The vibrant portrait painted by Alessandro Rossellini (Roberto’s grandson), meanwhile, on the subject of his diverse and fascinating family clan was named best documentary about the film world, while Carmen Giardina and Massimiliano Palmese’s doc, which reconstructs a terrible court case against homosexuality, received the Docufiction Nastro, with a Special Mention also going to The Truth About La Dolce Vita [+see also:
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by Giuseppe Pedersoli.

In terms of the Association’s new Valentina Pedicini Prize, created in order to promote the outlook of a new generation of female and male authors, and dedicated to the director of Where Shadows Fall [+see also:
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and Faith [+see also:
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, following her untimely death a few months ago, this accolade was awarded to Francesca Mazzoleni’s Punta Sacra [+see also:
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, which depicts the author’s journey to the mouth of the Tevere River where the memory of Pier Paolo Pasolini is still very much alive.

The Association’s Board also wanted to highlight the quality and importance of two titles outside of the selection, devised for the small screen: the Netflix original series SanPa: Sins of the Saviour by Cosima Spender and Edizione Straordinaria by Walter Veltroni, broadcast by RAI Cultura; two works which, in the words of the Italian film journalists, add value to the best of investigative and TV journalism and shed a different light on the country’s history.

Further details on the five finalists can be found here.

The awards:

Reality Cinema
My Name is Francesco Totti [+see also:
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– Alex Infascelli

Best Protagonist
Francesco Totti

Valentina Pedicini Prize 2021
Punta Sacra [+see also:
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interview: Francesca Mazzoleni
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– Francesca Mazzoleni

Best Film on Entertainment and Culture
The Rossellinis [+see also:
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- Alessandro Rossellini (Italy/Latvia)

Docufiction
1968 The Braibanti Trial [+see also:
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– Carmen Giardina, Massimiliano Palmese
Special Mention
The Truth About La Dolce Vita [+see also:
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interview: Giuseppe Pedersoli
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]
– Giuseppe Pedersoli

Special Awards (outside of the selection)
SanPa: Sins of the Saviour – Cosima Spender (series)
Edizione straordinaria – Walter Veltroni

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(Translated from Italian)

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