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The winners of the XIX Edition of RIFF – Rome Independent Film Festival have been announced: Havel by Slávek Horák is the Best Feature Film, special mention to La Fortaleza by Jorge Thielen-Armand. Zheng by Giacomo Sebastiani is the Best Italian Short, The Recycling Man by Carlo Ballauri Won the Rai Cinema Channel Award.

The jury, called to evaluate the finalists, is composed of: Fabrizio Lucci (director of photography), Anselma Dell’Olio (director and critic), Lino Guanciale (actor), Lapo Gresleri (movie critic), Patricia Mayorga Marcos (Chilean journalist), Ahmed Ejaz (Pakistani journalist), Stefano Ratchev (musician and film composer).

Havel by Slávek Horák is the Best Feature Film of the RIFF 2020. For the jury is “a successful film, in which the risks of a predictable “biopic” structure are neutralized by the efficacy of the theatrical estrangement wherewith some fundamental points of the screenplay are treated. Always being between two dimensions is Havel’s strong point. We are visually and pleasantly astonished every time we are projected from reality to the stage of a theater and its representation. The set design, the costumes, the acting skills, the quality writing that overcomes all the difficulties of biographies and the “czech punk” soundtrack that manages to transport the viewer into the story, give this film a considerable added value. Last but not least the use of light, which underlines the atmosphere of each scene and makes the cinematography of this work really interesting. What else to say, a rare biopic that does not tend towards hagiography.”

Special mention to La Fortaleza by Jorge Thielen-Armand

The Best Feature Film Screenplay Award goes to Fred Buscaglione – Una vita al massimo by Gino Clemente.

The Best Short Film Screenplay Award goes to Il Vino Cattivo by Gabriele Galligani

The Best Story Award goes to Camilla non sta bene by Paola Michelini and Francesca Staasch

The Award for the Best Animation Short goes to To the Dusty Sea by Héloïse Ferlay (France).

For the Student Short Film Section, the winner is Masel Tov Cocktail by Arkadij Khaet & Mickey Paatzsch (Germany), “for the caustic irony that deconstructs stereotypes and highlights the difficult relationship of the German population with their Nazi past, mocking the strong limits that still undermine the collective and individual consciences on both sides, a sign of the weight of a legacy that is too difficult to bear”.

Special mention to Who Goes There by Astrid Thorvaldsen (UK).

The Best International Short Award goes to Khoonab by Mojtaba Ghasemi (Iran) because it is “a very intense, well-conceived work, which offers an extraordinarily told glimpse of real and brutal actuality. A heartfelt tribute to fighting females, which brings the too little known reality of the current war in Syria to the screen.”

The Best Italian Short is Zheng by Giacomo Sebastiani, winning “because it succeeds in the difficult intent of narrating the marginalization of the foreigners told from their point of view, specifically, the isolation and closure of the Chinese community in Turin made of other closures and individual and collective aspirations for a more dignified life”.

Special mention to Amore Cane by Jordi Penner.

The Rai Cinema Channel Prize, worth € 3,000, consisting of a contract for the purchase of the web and free TV rights of the short by Rai Cinema Channel, and which will give the winner visibility on www.raicinemachannel.it, on its partner sites and, at the discretion of the network managers, on RAI channels, goes to The Recycling Man di Carlo Ballauri “for the originality of the topics, for the writing down to the smallest details, for the setting in perfect cyberpunk style but absolutely credible at the same time, for the cinematography, for special effects… All worthy of a great film production. But above all for having dared and succeeded”.

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The winners of the XIX Edition of RIFF – Rome Independent Film Festival have been announced: Havel by Slávek Horák is the Best Feature Film, special mention to La Fortaleza by Jorge Thielen-Armand. Zheng by Giacomo Sebastiani is the Best Italian Short, The Recycling Man by Carlo Ballauri Won the Rai Cinema Channel Award.

The jury, called to evaluate the finalists, is composed of: Fabrizio Lucci (director of photography), Anselma Dell’Olio (director and critic), Lino Guanciale (actor), Lapo Gresleri (movie critic), Patricia Mayorga Marcos (Chilean journalist), Ahmed Ejaz (Pakistani journalist), Stefano Ratchev (musician and film composer). Havel by Slávek