Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Festival cinema Africano, d'Asia e America Latina

Festival cinema Africano, d'Asia e America Latina ,Milano , which concluded in Milano on 7th of this month , is the only festival in Italy entirely devoted to the knowledge of cinematography, realities and cultures of the countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America. This year’s best feature film prize goes to: BUDDHA COLLAPSED OUT OF SHAME by Hana Makhmalbaf. Other details follow:


- The Official Jury – Windows on the World Feature Film Competition, made up of :Tahar Ben Jelloun – writer – MoroccoPresident ,Danny Glover– actor/producer – USA ,Teresa Cavina– Artistic Director, Festa del Cinema, RomeItaly , decided:

Best Feature Film

ENI Prize for the best feature film, Euro 15,000

BUDDHA COLLAPSED OUT OF SHAME by Hana Makhmalbaf. Iran, 2007

“For the great importance of the film both on the artistic and political level. A film on the origins of fanaticism as it has developed in Afghanistan. And the fact that the story represents children playing at being Taliban shows us how adults ready to kill and die for obscurantist ideas are moulded. It is a moving film which also conveys a very effective message.”

- The Official Jury - Competition for the Best African Film at the Festival

(The African feature films present at the Festival, without any distinction of category compete for this prize) made up of the journalists

Paola Piacenza ItalyPresident ,Daniela Faggion Italy ,Boris Sollazzo Italy


Best African Film at the Festival

The Lombardy Region Prize for the Best African Feature Film, Euro 10,000

LA MAISON JAUNE by Amor Hakkar, Algeria/France 2007

La maison jaune by Amor Hakkar is a brilliant example of return cinema, without emphasis and rich in content. A road movie born out of the journey that the director made to his homeland in 2002, it reflects the simplicity of life in small Berber communities.

The visual and narrative language is as immediate as it is effective, strong in genres and archetypes used without cunningness. This allows the audience to make the same journey as the protagonist (who is, not surprisingly, the director) ) and to give in to the same powerful emotion.”

Special mentions

ANDALUCIA by Alain Gomis, Senegal/France/Spain, 2007

Alain Gomis, who is French with a Senegalese father, offers us a perfect example of métisse cinema, an indefatigable reflection in identity and contamination. The vehicle of this almost mystical experience, is the body of the protagonist, Samir Guesmi, an actor of furious power.

Yacine is all of us!

DELICE PALOMA by Nadir Moknèche, Algeria/France, 2007

Tenacious, intelligent and human: Madame Aldjeria- Biyouna- is definitely the strongest female figure in this section. Through a performance of rare intensity, the actress, well directed by the director Nadir Moknèche, becomes a metaphor of Algeria in transition.

- The Official Jury – Competition for Windows on the World Documentaries and African Documentaries, made up of

Dimitri Eipides - Director of the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival– GreecePresident ,Heidi Lobato – Director Africa in the Picture ,Cristina Piccino – Journalist – Italy , decided:

Windows on the World Documentary Competition

Province of Milan Prize for the best documentary, Euro 7,500

NGWENYA, O CROCODILO by Isabel Noronha, Mozambique, 2007

“For themoving synthesis with which the director unites the artist Malangatana Ngwenya, his world and the history of his country, transforming all the elements of his art into filmic power.”

Special Mentions

CIRCUNSTANCIAS ESPECIALES by Marianne Teleki and Jennifer Maytorena Taylor,

Chile/Usa, 2007

NOUBA D’OR ET DE LUMIERE by Izza Génini, Morocco, 2007

African Documentary Competition

FNAC Prize for the Best African Documentary, Euro 5,000

EN ATTENDANT LES HOMMES by Katy Lane Ndiaye, Senegal, 2007

“For the delicate approach and unexpected and very intimate way on which the director approaches the private space of women, where the absence of men becomes an opportunity to break the taboos of female sexuality and desire.”

- The Official Jury – African Short Film competition

Clarence Delgado – Director - SenegalPresident ,Alexandre Ogou– Actor – Ivory Coast ,Erminia Dell’Oro – Writer Italy, decided:

African Short Film Competition

ENI Prize for the best African short film, Euro 7,500

SARAH by Khadija Leclère, Morocco/Belgium, 2007

“A moving film without rhetoric. In the encounter with her daughter who comes to Africa to meet her, a mother sees the “immigrant” solely as a source of money. In the silences and in the expressions of the daughter, the painful perception of a now non-existent relationship, which disappoints and hurts her.”

Special Mention

C’EST DIMANCHE! by Samir Guesmi, France/Algeria, 2007


“City of Milan” Prize for the feature film receiving the greatest number of votes from the public

Euro 7,500

GETTING HOME by Zhang Yang, China, 2007

CEM-Mondialità / COE Prize for the Best Short Film

The prize will be awarded by a Jury made up of Italian and foreign pupils from secondary schools in Milan and consists of the acquisition of the home video distribution rights in Italy.

FOOSKA by Samy Elhaj. Tunisia/Morocco, 2007

“For the realism with which the director reproduced a particular situation of school life and for having been able to show the audience how far appearance and prejudices can often be deceiving.”

Special Mention

C’EST DIMANCHE! by Samir Guesmi, France/Algeria, 2007


TERRA SONAMBULA by Teresa Prata, Mozambique/Portugal, 2007

“A man and a child, linked by conflicting friendship, love and mutual respect, caught up in by the bloody civil war that has torn Mozambique apart, pass through these horrors meeting the unforeseen and death on a daily basis.They flee and defeat the intolerable reality by creating, from a diary, real and poetic parallel stories,which feed their desire to hope in the future and cancel the past.Filmed with colourful liveliness, realism and cinematographic skill, the film is supported and enhanced by dialogues full of humanity and poetry.”

Special mentions

IL VA PLEUVOIR SUR CONAKRY by Cheik Fantamady Camara, Guinea - 2007

ANDALUCIA by Alain Gomis Senegal / France / Spain – 2007

SARAH by Khadija Leclère Morocco / Belgium – 2007


The prize consists of the acquisition of the home video distribution rights of an African short film.

PERCUSSION KID by Mohamed Achaour, Morocco, 2006

“For the universality of the work, which skilfully combines the transfiguring gaze of the small protagonist with the sounds, rhythms, colours and harshness of his land.”

"City of Venice" Prize

The prize consists of an invitation (travel and accommodation) at the International Film Festival in Venice for a director or film critic from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

CONFESSION by Daddy Ruhorahoza, Rwanda, 2006


The Fondazione Ismu (Iniziative e studi sulla Multietnicità) awards a Prize to the best short film at the Festival with an educational value. The prize consists of the acquisition of the home video distribution rights in Italy and is awarded by a group of teachers.

C’EST DIMANCHE! by Samir Guesmi, France/Algeria, 2007

“In the footsteps of Truffaut, the short film looks at the world of adolescence and some of its universal problems from the inside. The trials and tribulations of the young protagonist are narrated with a skilful and light hand, alternating moments of pure comedy with others in a more serious tone, at times almost dramatic. The original and delicate ending takes the audience by surprise and reverses the facile stereotypes of an authoritarian and violent Arab father. It is well acted, well photographed and skilfully directed.”


The prize consists of the acquisition of the home video distribution rights in Italy for an African short film or documentary and is awarded by a jury of representatives of the foreign communities in Milan and volunteers of the CUSME

EN ATTENDANT LES HOMMES by Katy Lane Ndiaye,, Senegal, 2007

No comments: