The Verona International Film Festival has announced the award winners for the 2018 edition.
The award for the Best Italian Film went to 'Appocundria' (Italy) by Mino Capuano. A huge house surrounded by nature was the childhood home of three brothers, Diego, Desio and Mimmo. The three brothers will be forced to face each other, in order to sell their old house and this will severely test their difficult relationship. After a night together in their childhood house, which is full of memorabilia, the three will rediscover some values which they thought they have lost while growing up and apart from each other.
The prize for the Best Feature Documentary Film was for 'Our House' (Italy) by Cristiano Regina. In via Matilde di Canossa, in Modena, three elderly people living with Alzheimer's have found a new home. In an apartment one experiences a model for the first time in Italy cohabitation already adopted in several countries in northern Europe, aimed at non self-sufficient people with problems related to dementia.
Best Narrative Short Film award went to 'Satyagraha' (Italy) by Nuanda Sheridan. A story of love and reincarnation told through the voyage of an elderly woman travelling through her previous lives. Dreamlike atmospheres, on the border between life and death, intermingle with the colours of the far East, of African lands and the rhythms of bohemian dances, visions that reveal sexuality, secrets and torments of a timeless love.
'The Red Tree' (Ireland) by Paul Rowley was awarded as Best Documentary Short Film. Narrated by renowned Italian actor Leo Gullotta, The Red Tree is short documentary that tells the little known history of Italian gay men being arrested and exiled to a remote island during Mussolini's Fascist regime. In the film, an elderly man returns to the island of San Domino where 60 years before during the Fascist era he was imprisoned with hundreds of other men for being homosexual.
The Best Animated Film award went to 'A Dog Leashed' (United States) by Dane Cree. Self-reflection through meditation. A look at the shadow self.
'The War' (United States) by Jaime Ekkens won Best Experimental Film. This is the first in a collaboration with spoken word poet and writer Soré Agbaje. "The War" is short mixed media experimental film that incorporates live action footage, stop-motion animation and other animation techniques. It is written and preformed by Soré that chronically sexual harassment and the many ways men target and exploit their power over women on a daily basis. All women have experienced some form of street harassment and cat calling in their life time. The metaphor of a war is extremely timely.
Best New Vision Award went to 'Live' (Greece) by Vasilis Stavropoulos. Guys, something shocking's happening right now... a man's about to commit suicide... Watch!
A film festival focussing on the complexity of human relationships set in Shakespeare's city of love Verona, Italy. Does it get any better than this? The Verona International Film Festival presents films which revolve around relationships in their different forms whether spiritual, physical, interpersonal, familial, and humanitarian and can even touch upon relationships between nations and political parties. Films can tackle the complexity, ever-changing dynamics, adversity, and multi-faceted aspects pertaining to these different types of relationships.
The 2018 edition marks the most successful edition to date with a record number of attendees (completely sold out) and the amazing support by the Multisala Rivoli, Corriere di Verona, VeronaSera, SalutePerme and Salmon Magazine.
See you all next year.