I VINCITORI / WINNERS
Grand Prix des Festivals – Conseil de la Vallée d’Aoste
Best of Festival Gran Prix
La Montagne Magique di Anca Damian
Montagne d’Italia per il miglior film italiano
Best Italian film
Storie di Uomini e Lupi
Premio C.A.I. per il miglior film d’alpinismo, arrampicata, esplorazione
Best mountaneering film
Tom di Elena Goatelli e Angel Esteban
Premio Montagne Tout Court per il miglior cortometraggio
Best short film
Suspendu à la Nuit di Eva Tourrent
Premio SONY per la miglior fotografia
Il Gabbiano di Joseph Péaquin
Premio Film Commission Vallée d’Aoste per il miglior film valdostano
Best Vallée d’Aoste film
Bhagirathi IV Game On di Arianna Colliard
Premio del Pubblico
Metronomic di Vladimir Cellier
The 29 films chosen to compete in the 19th Cervino Film Festival cover a varied range of themes and forms of expression, which is also true within each single category.
The jury sets store by and appreciates this wealth of expression and content, creating the need to refine and uniform assessment criteria, which made the task even more exciting.
The overall level of the select was good, alternating between the commemoration of important climbing feats and reportages on notable explorations, with the best cases incorporating human traits and inner experiences into the protagonists’ point of view. They are told using innovative and original narrative styles to form a complete picture of assorted humanity scattered over manifold mountain settings – inhabited or wild – and over very diverse adventure ground.
Manuela Buono, Lorenzo Hendel, Alessandro Gogna
VALLE D’AOSTA FILM COMMISSION AWARD FOR BEST VALDOSTAN FILM
BHAGIRATHI IV GAME ON
Italy, 2016, 38’
Using a simple yet well-structured approach and avoiding any shade of rhetoric or heroism, the film recounts the attempt to carry out an impressive feat while at the same time keeping the freedom and friendship that bind the protagonists together at the heart of the tale. They fail to succeed but the film bears witness to an act of respo
MONTAGNE TOUT COURT AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM
SUSPENDU À LA NUIT
(France, 2015, 24’)
The film shows a rarely seen side of the ski piste world. Far from the tourists’ eyes, someone is at work out there grooming the pistes and making them safe for the following day. Night-time is disclosed as a solitary, intimate and reflective adventure. A few lights penetrate the darkness, illuminating the snow and the protagonist’s thoughts in a repetitive and monotonous ritual which grows into pure abstraction. The Montagne Tout Court award for the best short goes to Suspendu à la nuit by Eva Tourrent.
MOUNTAINS OF ITALY AWARD FOR BEST ITALIAN FILM
STORIE DI UOMINI E LUPI
Alessandro Abba Legnazzi e Andrea Deaglio
(Ita/Fra, 2015, 75’)
Mingling true facts and ancestral fears, the film presents a revised and updated portrayal of man’s primordial fear of wolves, which is ubiquitous throughout the mountains, thus revealing the vulnerability of isolated communities. Through a series of first-hand accounts and expressive photography that succeed in rendering the wealth and humanity of the territory, the film tells the tale of man and wildlife’s difficult coexistence. The Mountains of Italy Award for the best Italian film goes to Storie di uomini e lupi, by Alessandro Abba Legnazzi and Andrea Deaglio.
Alessandro Bernard, e Paolo Ceretto
(Italy, 2015, 52’) IT
Employing images of Nepal captured before the devastating earthquake of 2015, the film tells us about the attempt to tackle the dire environmental problem brought about by the use and abuse of plastic, exploiting original solutions that aim to sensitize the population towards their habitat, which is closely bound to traditions and the country’s religious identity. The Jury chose to give the Special Mention to the film Waste Mandala by Alessandro Bernard and Paolo Ceretto.
SONY AWARD FOR BEST PHOTOGRAPHY
(Italy, 2016, 40’)
In the shadow of the mountains of Val d’Aosta, a group of men live together while atoning for their sins over the course of years. The obsessive image of bright yet impossible freedom contrasts with the hidden intimacy and affection that bonds the reading group. The photography and use of light creatively reinforce the monotony of life inside the prison, which remains unchanged day after day, void of hope, submerged in half-light and in the material exasperation of detail. The Sony Award for best photography goes to Il Gabbiano by Joseph Peaquin.
CAI AWARD FOR BEST FILM ON MOUNTAINEERING, CLIMBING AND EXPLORATION
Elena Goatelli e Angel Esteban
(Italy, 2015, 67’)
The tale of this flawless solo mountaineering feat centres around the human aspects that bind the young protagonist to the memory of his mountaineering mother who tragically perished in the Himalaya and to his father who devoted his life to his son’s achievements, rather than extolling it. The CAI Award for best film on mountaineering, climbing and exploration goes to Tom by Angel Esteban and Elena Goatelli.
(Francia, 2015, 15’)
GRAND PRIX DES FESTIVALS CONSEIL DE LA VALLÉ
LA MONTAGNE MAGIQUE
(France/Poland/Romania, 2015, 85′)
A long voyage spanning decades and continents, guided by the voice of an exuberant artist and rebel. His adventures take shape through imaginary and visionary animation techniques which amass and annul each another, opening gaps through which reality bluntly emerges. The Jury presents the Grand Prix des Festivals Conseil de la Vallée to the film La Montagne Magique by Anca Damian.
SHERDAK – The Golden Hill
(Nepal, 2015, 74’)
Against the background of the Mustang mountains, a small yet great community lives a daily battle to survive misery and exclusion. A man and a woman are searching for their route to salvation, their emancipation and innocent love but local ruling dictates that you must either “ work in the fields or go to America” – there are no exceptions or redemptions for anyone. This feature film has a perfect, essential feel to it that hints at promising up-and-coming cinematography with great potential. The Jury gives a Special Mention to the film presents the film Sherdak – The Golden Hill by Rajan Kathet.