Saturday, January 31, 2009

20th Trieste Film Festival Award Winners

Today in America two famous festivals begin, but in Italy there is a fest that also begins today and is described as “the most rich and articulated Italian film festival devoted to the cinema from Central and Eastern Europe and beyond”.

Competing for the Trieste Feature Film Award there are 12 long feature films produced within the last two years that best document and interpret more original and meaningful concepts, launching the cinematic production as a whole. All are Italian premieres.

33 SZENY Z ŻYCIA - Małgośka Szumowska
CZTERY NOCE Z ANNĄ - Jerzy Skolimowski
DELTA - Kornél Mundruczó
DIORTHOSI - Thanos Anastopoulos
KARAMAZOVI - Petr Zelenka
MÄRZ - Händl Klaus Special Mention
LAS MENINAS - Ihor Podolčak
PROGNOZA - Sophia Zornitsa
SNIJEG - Aida Begić Special Mention and Winner of the Audience Award
TULPAN - Sergej Dvorcevoj
TURNEJA - Goran Marković
WOLKE 9 - Andreas Dresen Winner of the Trieste Award for Best Film

All, except one, are Must Be Seen for me, especially those that I’m “dying” to be able to watch like Tulpan and Snijeg (Snow)! Then one of my favorite writers of all time is none other that James Joyce and the fest is going to honor the writer with a comprehensive homage called 1909-2009: FROM TRIESTE TO DUBLIN - JAMES JOYCE AND THE VOLTA CINEMA. The event curated by Elisabetta D’Erme, John McCourt and Erik Schneider includes an exhibition, a film retrospective, a convention and a screenplay contest. If only I could go to Italy…

To browse the fest site and the award winners in all categories go here.

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