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Ischia Film Festival: the winners of the XII edition

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[Ischia, 07/06/2014] The official winners of the twelfth edition of the Ischia Film Festival. The first prize in the Documentary section has been given  to 'The silent chaos' by Antonio Spano that gives voice to the despair of the deaf-mutes of Butembo, poorest of the poor because due to their condition are repudiated as possessed. Protagonist with them, a Congo always in war, told through the testimonies gathered by the director, many of them in sign language. A work of great descriptive power and of the complaint, therefore, which won the Jury, composed by Jean Emanuel Martinez, Arnaldo Catinari, Roland Sejko and John Esposito "to the real risks that the director is going to illustrate with an example, little known , the extreme difficulty of being different in a traditional society, through images of great emotional force "

The award for Best Short Film has been given  instead to 'America' by Alessandro Stevanon, poetic tribute to the existence of Giuseppe Bertuna, known as Pino America, short gentle and irreverent, dramatic and surreal "directed unusual, which describes with affection life of a man who chose a sweet madness to escape the regret of a failure life. "

In the section Denied Location triumphs instead ‘Lucciole per lanterne’ by Stephen Martone Mario Martone, film set in Chile of large dams and the struggle of three women against the privatization of water because it is "a tribute to all the women who resist to the superpowers in a constructive manner and without ever losing sight of the vital causes of their struggles, contrary to what many men still do not know how to express themselves otherwise than by violence. "

This year to win the Award Castello Aragonese for Best Director is Matti Ijäs with 'Things we do for love'. The prize for the best photograph Epomeo goes, instead, to Xi Wei for 'Ashes to ashes' ​​of Wu Qing.

Special mentions for the Documentary section in ‘L’uomo sulla Luna' by Giuliano Ricci "for the director's ability to enter, with modesty and delicacy, in a surprising reality and timeless, with beautiful images and maintaining a full range of humor despite the dramatic nature of the subject "; and for the Short Films section to 'Sassiwood' by Antonio Vito Andrisani and Cea, "a funny look and affectionate on that bit of madness that characterizes the workers in the film and without which there would not be the same movie."

During the first day of this year, the Festival has awarded the Ischia Film Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Israeli director Amos Gitai.

The twelfth edition of the Ischia Film Festival has ended, a year filled with previews, meetings and great masters such as Oscar winner Bille August, Amos Gitai, Cecilia Mangini and Pupi Avati, exceptional President of this edition. Countless meetings with important names of the Italian cinema, which Fabio Mollo, Nello Mascia, Mattia Sbragia, Federico Di Cicilia, Davide Ferrario, Alessandro Rossetto, Enzo De Camillis, Edoardo Winspeare, Angelo Longoni but also of great foreign authors comeMatti Ijäs and Wu Qing and emerging filmmakers, such as Matthias Coers, Fabio Massa, Barbara Maffeo, Giovanni Aloi, Joana de Freitas Ginori and Matteo Vieille Rivara, Andrea Canova, Lisa Castagna, Giuliano Ricci, Alberto Massarese, Karma Gava, Renato Porphyry, Thomas Torelli, Yasmine Pins , Marco La Gala, Simona Risi, Matthew Pedicini. 

The award Bille August meets the audience at Ischia

Bille August Delfini

Bille August, in to the stunning backdrop of the Strand Hotel Delfini  Cartaromana, the Danish director Bille August has met the press to answer questions about the film "Goodbye Bafana" tribute to Nelson Mandela and to talk about his upcoming projects.

When asked why he made ​​a film about the life of Nelson Mandela August he replied: "I have always been fascinated by the personality of Nelson Mandela; His greatness was given to me by the enormous moral strength of his soul. In this film Mandela story through the testimony of his prison guard James Gregory during his imprisonment. Gregory's story is emblematic about the communicative power of the message of peace of Mandela; In fact, Gregory and his wife was convinced supporter of apartheid, but after meeting with the former president of the Republic of South Africa, totally converts his thoughts. I am convinced - continued August - in Iraq today that if there was a personality like that of Nelson Mandela, the conflict between Shiites and Sunnis finally stopped. Unfortunately, today I do not feel I can say that there is an equivalent heir. "

About the Italian cinema the Danish director said: "I am a fan of Italian cinema in fact I voted for Sorrentino during the Oscars:" The great beauty "is a magnificent film. Having won this award will ensure that Sorrentino has a chance to destroy the film wide-ranging and a higher visibility in the world. "

Finally about his upcoming film projects August said: I'm running to make a film with an all-star cast Danish and from September will begin in the United States, the shooting of a film denouncing the pharmaceutical drawn from a true story; The film's protagonist is a woman intoxicated by drugs that with the help of a lawyer starts a legal battle against a large pharmaceutical company, including an adventure and one can win .The cast will include: J. Goodman, H. Bonham Carter and V. Farmiga. "

Finally August was keen to thank the Ischia Film Festival, conceived and directed by Michelangelo Messina, for the hospitality reiterating that a suggestive location of projections as that of the Castello Aragonese did not really ever seen, "this island is truly wonderful and if I could make movie right here. "

 The Assessor Caterina Miraglia at the Ischia Film Festival

Assessori e Michelangelo

Important wass the institutional presence yesterday, Friday, July 4th , at the Ischia Film Festival. The Councillor for Culture of the Region of Campania Caterina Miraglia, intervened in the contest conceived and directed by Michelangelo Messina, would like to congratulate the organization for the high level of the 'the institution - said the Professor - it is an advantage for events like this that enrich the cultural and tourist offer with quality content. I am very happy to attend to this work that I almost feel, in relation to the fact that the festival was funded by my department after being examined by a commission of high-profile. Adele Miraglia was complemented by an institutional presence or the alderman homologous to the art and culture of the city of Los Angeles that in addition to building a virtual bridge with our region for future cultural initiatives, gave official recognition by the city ​​of Los Angeles to Michelangelo Messina for his Ischia Film Festival.

The film festival has opened the meeting with Sean Kanan, actor of the successful American series "Beautiful" and "General Hospital", with the audience of the Festival. Acclaimed by the women in the audience, Kanan said: "I am honored to be here for the third time and each time I always do it with the same pleasure. Deep roots bind me to this region so that seven years ago I decided to make a film about the history of the Mount of Procida 7 sailors killed in the sea; the film is called Sons of Italy and will be released on DVD in December. "

Great success for the screening, which took place at the Cathedral of the 'Assumption of the film "Maldamore" introduced by the director Angelo Longoni. It is a 100-minute comedy that tells a funny game of pairs in which, among traitors serial and occasional pairs, formed by Ambra Angiolini and Luca Zingaretti and Alessio Boni and Luisa Ranieri, are separated only to find themselves. Other actors in the cast thickness as: Claudia Gerini, Eugenio Franceschini, Miriam Dalmatius, Eleonora Ivone, Ettore Bassi and Adolfo Margiotta. "I am delighted to be here tonight for the screening of my film - said Longoni -; we had a great and the place is really lovely and reminds me of wonderful memories: needless to Ischia for 20 years and at the time my wife was pregnant with our first child and it is something that has excited us very much to go back again. I want to emphasize - concluded Longoni - I love this festival for two main reasons: the first is the beauty of the place where it takes place and the second because it really from space to the movies without getting lost in unnecessary frills: it is a festival of hope and concrete also it is be able to return in the coming years. "

Among the many filmmakers present last night also:

Justin Liberman, who presented at the Cathedral of the Assumption "Tobacco burn"; Arantxa Echevarria who, at the House of the Sun has introduced "De noche y de ready"; Matthew Pedicini and Ivano Ferone that the Chiesadi S. Pietro in Pantaniello, presented "Co'Scienza and Wonder" and Stephen and Mario Martone who introduced the film "Fireflies for Lanterns" at the House of the Sun. 

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