The International Jury of the 53rd Festival dei Popoli – composed by ALESSANDRO COMODIN, KAREL OCH, NADIA TURINCEV – – after having viewed the 15 short documentary films and the 14 long feature documentary films on competition decides to assign the following awards:
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
LE LIBRAIRE DE BELFAST by Alessandra Celesia (France/United Kingdom) «It’s rare to find a film that has so much tenderness, humour and ability to surprise. What a joy to walk into the magic world of its characters. And then Giacomo Puccini, Bambi, Whitney Houston, the Tsunami, The Ancient Rome, Detroit and an oversize mattress. Life and everything in it».
BEST DIRECTOR AWARD
ILIAN METEV for Sofia’s Last Ambulance(Bulgaria/Germany/Croatia) « Faces. Moments, glimpses, images of reality. Total belief in off screen. A fine glance and an exciting rigour».
BEST ETHNO-ANTROPOLOGICAL FILM (TARGA GIANPAOLO PAOLI)
PEOPLE’S PARK by J.P.Sniadecki and Libbie Cohn (USA/China, 2012) « Persistence in watching and listening. A trip in between dream and reality. We are right there».
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
A STORY FOR THE MODLINS by Sergio Oksman (Spain) « A game between the director and the spectator: total mastery (knowledge) of storytelling. We love believing it and we submit to it».
STUDENTS JURY The Students Jury of the 53rd Festival dei Popoli – composed by CAITLIN EDDOLS, ANN E. KELSEY, JULIA LA COURSE, RACHEL MUNFORD, RENEE RISPOLI – after having viewed the 15 short documentary films on competition decides to assign the following awards:
“LORENZO DE’ MEDICI” AWARD
A STORY FOR THE MODLINS by Sergio Oksman (Spain) «For its representation of the relationship between insanity and art, leading to isolation. The intense character development and apparent research allowed for an emotional attachment to all three protagonists».
SPECIAL MENTION KRONIKA OLDŘICHA S. by Rudolf Šmíd (Tcech Republic) «for the innovative and playful representation of historic events».
“CINEMAITALIANO.INFO – CG HOME VIDEO” DISTRIBUTION AWARD
The cinemaitaliano.info Jury – composed by STEFANO AMADIO, ANTONIO CAPELLUPO, CARLO GRISERI, SIMONE PINCHIORRI – after having viewed 10 Italian documentary films included in the Official Selection decides to assign the distribution award to:
L’ORA BLU (THE BLUE STAR) by Stefano Cattini (Italy) per «la singolare storia d’amore e per la bellezza dell’immagini. Un film universale e poetico che ci spinge a guardare sempre al futuro». Il premio consiste nella pubblicazione del film vincitore in DVD con distribuzione sul territorio nazionale.
PREMIO MYMOVIES.IT – IL CINEMA DALLA PARTE DEL PUBBLICO (AUDIENCE AWARD)
LE LIBRAIRE DE BELFAST by Alessandra Celesia (France/United Kingdom)