THE AWARDS 2012

THE AWARDS 2012

2012 PESARO NEW CINEMA – LINO MICCICHÈ COMPETITION


Jury: Antonietta De Lillo (director), Francesca Inaudi (actress), Boris Sollazzo (film critic and reporter).


WINNER:
- DJECA / CHILDREN OF SARAJEVO by Aida Begić


MOTIVATION:
The jury of the 48th Pesaro Film Festival unanimously chose to present its award to Children of Sarajevo by Aida Begić.
The virtue of Aida Begić’s post-traumatic film Children of Sarajevo lies in its ability to depict, without being overly sentimental, the devastating consequences of the Bosnian war as well as all conflicts and the shock of any war. The film is delicately sweet and painful, as are the performances by the entire cast, especially the superb protagonist, who despite her young age expresses the maturity and understatement of a great actress.
A modernly neo-realist film, Children of Sarajevo is a perfectly balanced blend of fiction with hints of heartrending documentary. The hugely talented director accompanies viewers through a woman’s perspective that is prim, powerful and penetrating, yet completely void of self-indulgence. It is a painful yet ultimately hopeful portrait of a woman and a generation that refuses to give up.

PESARO YOUNG CINEMA AWARD


Jury composed of students and recent graduates of the Carlo Bo University of Urbino.

- DJECA / CHILDREN OF SARAJEVO
MOTIVATION:
The jury presents the PESARO YOUNG CINEMA AWARD of the 48th Pesaro Film Festival to Djeca - Children of Sarajevo by Aida Begić for its subject matter and in-depth look at issues often ignored or only superficially tackled; superb cinematography and editing; and its emotional elements, which go beyond aesthetic exploration to profoundly involve viewers in the perspective of its wonderful, young protagonist.
SPECIAL MENTION:
- SHARQIYA by Ami Livne
MOTIVATION:
We would also like to present a special mention to Ami Livne’s Sharqiya, for its original point of view, through which emerges the theme of hope in the troubled region of Israel.
AUDIENCE AWARD
The spectators of Pesaro’s main square of the festival’s 2012 edition, voting at the end of each screening, have chosen as the AUDIENCE AWARD winner:
- BARBARA by Christian Petzold
The German film won over audiences in Pesaro’s Piazza, with an average of 3.2 points (out of 4), beating out Competition winner Children of Sarajevo by Aida Begić, which came in second with 3.1 points. In third place was the Israeli film Sharqiya by Ami Livne, (2.8).

2012 AMNESTY ITALIA CINEMA AND HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD


THE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ITALIA CINEMA AND HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD OF THE PESARO FILM FESTIVAL GOES TO
- DJECA / CHILDREN OF SARAJEVO BY AIDA BEGIĆ
The Amnesty International Italia Cinema and Human Rights Award at the 48th Pesaro Film Festival goes to the film Children of Sarajevo by Bosnian director Aida Begić. The jury was presided over by Paolo Fosso and included Andrea Paolotti and an Amnesty International Italia representative.
MOTIVATION:
With a seemingly understated narrative that is nevertheless teeming with poetic evocation, in which the aesthetics of the action blend with the aesthetics of the cinematic language, the film assuredly captures the situation of a European nation that is simultaneously young and ancient. Through the eyes and daily life of a woman who has lived through the dramatic contrasts of post-war Bosnia without renouncing her convictions, a story develops about stifled human rights, the complicity between criminality and politics, and the sacrifice of the nation’s youngest generation, dramatically and desperately orphaned by a war that was not its own and has yet to be overcome.
The jury of the Amnesty International Italia Cinema and Human Rights Award wishes to give a SPECIAL MENTION to the documentary
- FERRHOTEL by Mariangela Barbanente
MOTIVATION:
In capturing daily life in a community of Somali refugees living in an abandoned hotel in the heart of Bari, the film lends a poetic quality to the protagonists’ voices. Their traditionally spiritual language accompanies and guides us through their problems, through stories of their tragic pasts, their hopes and their attempts at integration. The Ferrhotel is a refuge for some, a cage for others. Some leave, others remain. In a present full of uncertainty and hope, they are all nevertheless determined to regain their dignity.

2012 CINEMARCHE GIOVANI AWARD


Winner:
- MNEMONAUTICA by Francesca Accorroni, Daiana Acosta, Eleonora Pepa.

The jury of the CINEMARCHE GIOVANI video competition – of short films (on any subject, max. 3 minutes) by young filmmakers under 30 living, studying or working in the Marches Region – comprising critic and Award coordinator Pierpaolo Loffreda and journalists Paolo Angeletti (Il Resto del Carlino), Alberto Pancrazi (RAI) and Claudio Salvi (Il Messaggero), presents the 2012 CINEMARCHE GIOVANI AWARD to MNEMONAUTICA by Francesca Accorroni, Daiana Acosta and Eleonora Pepa.
The jury also gives two special mentions to the short films NUMERO 24 by Serena Zeppilli, and BLACK DECEIT by Saverio Romagnoli, Licia Tofani, Gloria Verdicchio, Francesca Marinangeli and Sara Campetelli.

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