The film jury of the tenth edition of Asiaticafilmmediale comprised of Elisabetta Catalano, Concito De Gregorio, Iaia Forte, Luigi Ontani and Renzo Rossellini, has decided to give the Award of the City of Rome for the Best Film in Competition to The Other Bank by George Ovashvili (production: Georgia/Kazakstan).
Motivation With this wonderful film, shown through the squinted eyes of Tedo, the director shows us a world in decay from ethnic warfare. Using a clear style of poetic cinematography, without making a political statement, he simultaneously succeeds in giving an ethical judgment against the war as well as a lesson in cinema.
Additionally, the jury wanted to give a special mention to About Elly by Asghar Farhadi (production: Iran).
Motivation The greatest value of this film is its originality of style. It is a complex film with a mosaic of polychromatic images, dialogue and emotions through which the director creates suspense, pathos and modern cinema. In a surprising fashion, the cast in About Elly contemporaneously manages to represent characters of today’s world as well as act as vehicles of their traditions.
And a special mention is given to the actors of Jaffa by Keren Yedaya (a production of Germany, Israel and France)
Motivation The actors embody the social, religious and ethnic tensions of Israel and their presence transforms a family’s garage into a microcosm that contains all the dreams and contradictions of their country and, at the same time, the rest of the world “glocal”. They are united by globalization but still divided by local motives and interests.
The documentary jury of the tenth edition of Asiaticafilmmediale, made up of Gioia Avvantaggiato, Daniele Costantini, Antonino Iuorio, Filippo La Porta e Enrico Magrelli, has assigned the Award of the City of Rome for Best Documentary in Competition to Children of the Pyre by Rajesh Jala (production: India).
Motivation Bringing together an extremely detailed story of an appalling reality, the film is not only cathartic, but has the informative power generally found only in great art. Through a sage a reality is produced that seems to speak for itself and the result is a bright and visual reportage in which the images have an evocative quality that transport you into India’s heart of darkness.
The jury also wanted to grant a Special Mention to Shooting Muhammad from directors Francesco Cannito and Luca Cusani, with screenwriter Michela Sechi (production: Italy, Israel and Palestine)
Motivation Through personal and innovative style, the film tells the story of discrimination against a community of Arab students at a university within the borders of Israel that is uniquely set to rap music.
Motivation In a powerful way and at a high aesthetic level, the film reveals the soul of a people that have lived through a tragedy.