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ROMEFILMFEST New Cinema Network

Cinema of the future awarded

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New Cinema Network (NCN) announced its winners – a few days before the unveiling of the RomeFilmFest prizes (on October 27) – over the course of a ceremony presided over by Minister of Youth Policy and Sport Giovanna Melandri and Rome Film Foundation President Goffredo Bettini.

The Best European Project was deemed Bonobo Jingo by Poland’s Slawomir Fabicki (Retrieval [+see also:
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), who won the €30,000 prize presented by producers Rosanna Seregni (Golden Leopard winner for Off to the Revolution in a 2CV), Simon de Santiago and Cedomir Kolar (Oscar winners for The Sea Inside [+see also:
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and No Man’s Land [+see also:
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, respectively). There were two special mentions in the category: French film Along the Main Road by Dominique Lienhard and Catalonia-set Swiss title Butano by Laurent Négre.

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The SIAE prize for Best Italian Project went to Ritorno ad Haifa (“Return to Haifa”) by Mohsen Melliti: the Tunisian-born director living in Italy (whose debut film, Io, l’altro, was produced by and starred Raoul Bova) is working on a historical film set in Palestine in 1948, just after the proclamation of the nation of Israel.

Presided over by director Saverio Costanzo (In Memory of Myself [+see also:
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), a jury composed of young Italian filmmakers (Alessandro Celli, Antonio Tosi, Daniele Riccioni, Vito Palmieri, Josè Corvaglia, Leonardo D'Agostini and Sophie Chiarello, all of which were singled out by the directors of leading short film festivals) chose the Best Debut Film, not a future project (as with the other NCN awards) but a film already made.

French filmmaker Gérald Hustache-Mathieu won for April in Love [+see also:
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, for his “skill in recounting a story with a profound cinematic vision” and for “a mise-en-scene capable of controlling the border between reality and fantasy, where the technical-artistic performances blend knowingly, evoking in the spectator intense emotional participation”.

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(Translated from Italian)

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