THE AWARDS OF THE 46TH PESARO FILM FESTIVAL

THE AWARDS OF THE 46TH PESARO FILM FESTIVAL

THE AWARDS OF THE 46TH PESARO FILM FESTIVAL

EIGHTEEN BY JANG KUN-JAE
WINS THE PESARO NUOVO CINEMA 2010 –LINO MICCICHÈ AWARD

In the late 1970s, though still in its infancy, the Pesaro Festival – founded in 1965 by Lino Micciché and Bruno Torri – was already a place of choice for the most fervent filmgoers (and filmmakers). It is no coincidence that its most passionate guests included Bernardo Bertolucci and Jack Nicholson. In fact, the latter, in a 2008 interview in La Repubblica, said: “We both started out very young…and used to see each other in Pesaro”. At the time, Bertolucci was already one of the great directors of the heyday of Italian cinema, thanks in part to his creative and personal relationship with Gianni Amico.

Directed since 2000 by Giovanni Spagnoletti, 45 years later the Pesaro Film Festival has maintained its identity as place of discovery, a platform from which young directors and new languages take a run-up towards broader audiences. As a festival that feels does away with bright lights and red carpets to instead dedicate itself to experimentation, culture and curiosity. Despite its age, the Pesaro has not lost the freshness of a young festival that offers a new perspective on national and international films, and which invites spectators on a journey through today’s cinema, in order to (fore)see the cinema of tomorrow.

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THE AWARDS

2010 PESARO NUOVO CINEMA – LINO MICCICHÈ AWARD COMPETITION

The six films vying for the 6th Pesaro Nuovo Cinema – Lino Miccichè Award Competition (accompanied by a €6000 cash prize) are: German title The Robber by Benjamin Heisenberg, an adrenalin-charged thriller on the true story of thief-marathon runner Pump Gun Ronnie; Alejandro Gerber Bicecci’s debut feature Vaho, a social portrait of a forsaken corner of Mexico City seen though the eyes of three children; South Korean filmmaker Jang Kun-jae’s Eighteen, also a debut film, which won the Vancouver International Film Festival; Argentinean film El pasante by Clara Picasso, a story of mystery and love set in a hotel; Russia’s Oxygen, an experimental hybrid of pop music, theatre and music videos; and Miyoko, the Japanese biopic on Manga Artist Abe Shinichi that is so licentious that on some Japanese websites it is listed as soft porn.

The Competition jury comprises Russian actress Ksenia Rappoport, winner of the David di Donatello Award for Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Unknown and the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival for Giuseppe Capotondi’s The Double Hour; Marco Risi, director of, among other films, Mery per Sempre (1989), Il Muro di Gomma (1991) and the more recent Fortapàsc; and journalist-film critic-film preserver at the National Cinematheque, Enrico Magrelli.

WINNING FILM: EIGHTEEN by JANG KUN-JAE

THE MOTIVATION:

In his feature debut, young South Korean director Jang Kun-jae transforms a private chapter of his emotional coming of age into a fresh, delightful and sincere – and even impudent – fresco. The pain, melancholy and helplessness of a small amorous catastrophe are told with the tender giddiness of a time bygone by not forgotten by the director. For the story’s two main characters, played with passion and constraint by the actors, being 18 is the most excruciating time in life. The first act of a past that that does not want to pass. A past that can be left behind thanks to the therapy of cinema.

Enrico Magrelli, Ksenia Rappoport, Marco Risi

PESARO YOUNG CINEMA AWARD

The youth jury, composed of students and recent graduates of the Carlo Bo University of Urbino, has presented its award to:

KISLOROD / OXYGEN by Ivan Vyrypayev

THE MOTIVATION:

With a lively and at times alienating rhythm, the simultaneously opposing and converging points of view of a man and woman – trying to breathe oxygen (sense) into their lives – come to life in the film. The originality is palpable in the frantic stylistic exercise that keeps viewers on the edge of the seats, thanks to excellent photography, top-notch creative effects and highly imaginative music that accompanies the entire film, emphasizing numerous reflections on post-modern society. Violently explicit, almost subversive, Oxygen takes universal religious precepts and then distorts and reinterprets them, using wonderful performances to create a masterful collage of transversal topicality and stereotypes of Russian culture and society.

The young jury gives a SPECIAL MENTION to

MIYOKO by Yoshifumi Tsubota

for having presented, with narrative and graphic mastery, the fragility of the confines between reality and fantasy; as well as, with aesthetic acumen and Eastern-flavored poetry, the obsessive relationship between an artist and the object of his desire. The sensitivity with which Abe’s frantic attempt to crystallize time through autobiographical graphic art is portrayed is fascinating and touching.

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2010 AMNESTY ITALIA, CINEMA
AND HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD

The jury comprising Isabella Aguilar, Alberto Negri, Riccardo Noury and Daniele Vicari, and presided over by Serafino Murri, has given the Amnesty Italia – Cinema and Human Rights Award to:

PLENNYY / CAPTIVE by Aleksey Uchitel

“For the unique expressive ability with which it portrays the Chechen conflict, stripping away the specious childishness of ethnic-religious prejudice, placing the accent on the senseless and, unfortunately, necessary brutality of war. And above all for having described with great dramatic and introspective force the conditions of imprisonment in all its inhumane absurdity.”

and

BUDRUS by Julia Bacha

“For having captured with courage and objectivity the exemplary, united fight of Palestinian and Israeli activists against the construction of the Wall in the occupied Palestinian territories, creating a human and profound portrait of the protagonists, and describing in-depth and without prejudice the reasons of all sides, thus contributing to the hopeful prospects of solving the conflict.”

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WINNERS OF THE 2010 L’ATTIMO FUGGENTE VIDEO COMPETITION

The jury of the L’ATTIMO FUGGENTE competition, this year awarded the following films:

First Prize (awarded unanimously):
OGNI COSA È ILLUMINATA by Alessandra Bucchi, of the “Scuola del Libro” Art Institute of Urbino

Second Prize:
LA RICERCA DELLA SERENITÀ by Diego Capomagi, of the Macerata Fine Arts Academy

Third Prize:
SACRA CONVERSAZIONE N. 1 – 5 VIZI CAPITALI by Giovanni Piscaglia – Pesaro, student at the European Institute of Design

The L’ATTIMO FUGGENTE competition is sponsored by the Fondazione Pesaro Nuovo Cinema and organized by Pierpaolo Loffreda.

AUDIENCE AWARD

Travelling with Pets by Vera Storozheva

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