Windows on the World Competition for the Bets Feature Film
Eni prize for the best feature film – euro 15,000
A Chinese village is the setting for a small great story, with the elderly Cao, cremator by profession, and the young Xiuqiao. The apparently simple story is cinematographically complex and well told, the plot is unforeseeable and emotionally effective. For the originality of the story, for the revelation of cultural roots and rituals that survive the standardization of our times, for the poetic force that envelops the viewer, the first prize goes to
The Cremator by Peng Tao (China)
Competition for the Best African Film
Vodafone Prize for the Best African Feature Film – euro 7,500
Coming Forth by Day by Hala Lotfy (Egypt)
In this perspective the jury has chosen to award the prize for the best African film to Coming Forth by Day, the story of Soad who lives, as the film’s title says, “day by day”, looking after her invalid father, in a solitude which can also affect many of our existences. Beyond the subjects considered, the film, directed by the 40-year-old Egyptian Hala Lotfy for her feature film debut, stands out for the cinematographic language which is refined in every detail; her directing of the actors, the use of lighting and sound as well as the construction of the frames and her sensitive gaze on the world.
Special Mention to
Beautés Cachées by Nouri Bouzid (Tunisia)
The mature work by a well-established author, who effectively approaches an extremely topical subject and where the fight for freedom – in the choice of whether to wear the veil or not – by the two young main characters merges with the fights of the Arab Spring in Tunis.
Windows on the World Competition for the Best Documentary
Credito Valtellinese Prize for the Best Documentary – euro 6,000
O mon corps! by Laurent Ait Benalla (Qatar/Algeria/France)
A wonderfully nuanced and refreshing narrative about the body, its language and how artistic individuality is expressed, from a male and Islamic point of view.
Special Mention to
True Story of Love, Life, Death and Sometimes Revolution by Nidal Hassan (Syria)
This is an important telling of the early stages of Syria’s revolution, captured by young filmmakers who witnessed the events as they happened.
Competition for the Best African Short Film
Eni prize for the best short film – euro 5,000
Fela Sidy by Damola Adelaja (Nigeria)
A memorable short first film that gives a taste of Nigeria’s past and present revolutionary spirit through the iconic ghost of Afrobeat legend and activist, Fela Kuti.
Special mention to
Loot by Greg Rom (South America)
Loot is like a well-choreographed crime caper with an element of dark fantasy thrown in.
“City of Milan” prize for the film receiving the highest number of votes from the public (euro 5.000)
7 Cajas by Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori (Paraguay)
SIGNIS (OCIC and UNDA) Prize
With you, without you by Prasanna Vithanage (Sri Lanka)
Special Mention to
Le Djassa a pris feu (Ivory Coast)
Racism is a Nasty Story Prize
Grazie per tutto Signor Presidente by Matteo Bennati (Italy)
The Long Way Down by Yasser Howaidy
Tu seras mon allié by Rosine Mfetgo Mbakam (Cameroon/Belgium)
Bobby by Mehdi Barsaoui (Tunisia)
CEM Mondialità Prize
Quand ils dormant by Maryam Touzani (Morocco)
Grazie di tutto Signor Presidente by Matteo Bennati (Italy)
Arnone-Bellavite Pellegrini Foundation Prize
It’s a Beautiful Day by Tonny Trimarsanto (Indonesia)
ACRA-CCS Prize – Stelle contate sulle dita by Giuseppe Carrieri (Italy)
Special Mentions to
I segreti di Kabiria by Giampaolo Rampini (Italy) and Babylon Fast Food by Alessandro Valori (Italy)