The winners of the ninth edition of the Ischia Film Festival have been announced. This unique international contest devoted to cinema locations, held from 2 to 9 July at the Aragonese Castle of the green island, gave the first prize in the documentaries section to the film Paradiso. The film is set in Northern Ireland and narrates a story of an organization of an event that brought Catholics and Protestants to dance together again.
“Told using a personal history, with fondness and irony, the tragedy of the civil war slowly fades into dancing through simple and charming characters”. This was the explanation of the jury, which was composed of the director Edoardo Winspeare, the screenwriter Anna Pavignano, the journalist Boris Sollazzo and the set designer Lorenzo Baraldi.
In the Short Films section, two films were tied for first place. Garagouz a hard-hitting story set in Algeria – and the amusing Loose Change, a comedy made in the United States that, “with penetrating intuition narrates an odd neighbourly relationship”. In the Forbidden Location section, the short film Aprilis Suskhi, set in Soviet Georgia received the award. The jury called it “the best work of the Festival, especially for the original and conscious use of cinematic language”.
Special mention for the documentaries Ageroland, a humorous portrait of the town of Agerola and the drama Le White (special mention Forbidden Location) about asbestos coated houses in Milan. Other awards went to Eugenio Cappuccio (Aragonese Castle Prize for the direction of Se sei così ti dico sì), Carlo Varini (Epomeo Award for photography in Hitler a Hollywood), Alice Rohrwacher (Debut Award for Corpo Celeste), Mario Piredda (Augustus Colour Award for social commitment in Io sono qui) and Roberto De Angelis (Aenaria Award for set design in La vita facile).