AMERICAN MIRROR – INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY rose as winner among the four finalists selected out of more than five hundred documentary films from 61 countries submitted to the jury of Fabrique Du Cinema Awards, this year presided by two-times Academy Award-winner Paul Haggis (CRASH, MILLION DOLLAR BABY). The great party of the new Italian cinema, hosted by the most influential cinema magazine in Italy, Fabrique Du Cinema, gathered together the most important rising stars of Italian film-landscape (link photo gallery).
The fourth edition of Fabrique Du Cinéma Awards took place past Saturday December 15th at the Teatro India in Rome, Italy, where the 2018 winners were announced. AMERICAN MIRROR, directed by Arthur Balder and produced by David Shara, rose as winner of the Best International Documentary award, being the only USA-production to garner an accolade in the international competition, while the Canadian THE GRIZZLIES, directed by Miranda de Pencier got Best International Feature Film. The ceremony, conducted by renowned Italian actors Laura Adriani (‘Blame Freud’, ‘Questi jorni’, L’Oréal Paris per il Cinema Award) and Riccardo Festa, presented also rising stars of Italian cinema with accolades, such as Sara Serraiocco, who won Best Italian Actress for TRAVELING WITH ADELE, or GIANNI ZANASI, director of the surprising and innovative feature film TOO MUCH GRACE, which won the Best Italian Experimental Film award. Italian director Mario Martone introduced the trailer of the soon-to-be-in-cinemas CAPRI-REVOLUTION (in competition at the 75th Mostra di Venezia 2018).
Paul Haggis, president of the Fabrique Du Cinéma Awards Jury 2018, highlighted ‘the extraordinary quality of the more than 1400 films submitted’. Haggis, the screenwriter of such iconic movies as CRASH, or MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Clint Eastwood, Hillary Swank) recognized he ‘felt himself uneasy, moved, intrigued by the talent of filmmakers ready to breaktrhough internationally’, and thanked Fabrique Du Cinéma organization ‘for its generosity inviting me to preside over such an incredibly wonderful event’.
Fabrique Du Cinéma has become one of the most influential Italian magazines since its inception, fully focused on cinema, and with an extra emphasis on promoting the ‘new Italian cinema, directors and actors’. With an Italian imprint of more than 20,000 nationwide, Fabrique Du Cinema gathered on Saturday a crowd film-lovers and professionals of more than five hundred people that crammed the three hundred seats of the Teatro India in Rome, while many others waited at the hall of the cultural center, where a reception was organized and where the after-party of the event took place.
The 2018 Fabrique Awards list of winners of the fourth edition were:
Best Short Film Screenplay – Plot : Courtesy by Nicholas Di Valeria
Best International Documentary : American Mirror by Arthur Balder
Best International Web Series : Er cavaliere de Roma by Luca Arseni
Best International Short Film : Robot Will Protect You by Nicola Piovesan
Best International Short Film Director : Victor Perez for Echo
Best Italian Short Film : Red Hands by Francesco Filippi
Best Music Theme : Minkyu Kim for The Forrest
Best Italian Actor : Guglielmo Poggi for The Handyman
Best Italian Actress : Sara Serraiocco for Traveling with Adele
Best International Feature Film : The Grizzlies by Miranda de Pencier
Best Italian Debut Feature Film : The Land of Enough by Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo
Best Italian Innovative and Experimental Feature Film : Too much grace by Gianni Zanasi
Fabrique Du Cinéma Awards, organized by the magazine Fabrique Du Cinéma from Rome, Italy, which defines itself as ‘the magazine of the new Italian cinema’, and whose 2018 jury is presided over by two-times Academy Award-winner Paul Haggis, has unveiled 2018 Award Finalists. There are three US-coproductions among the international selection. The only feature category where an English-spoken film has been finalist is the Best Documentary Film, where AMERICAN MIRROR, directed by Arthur Balder, most awarded film at DOC LA 2018 presented by the Parajanov-Vartanov Institute in Los Angeles, contends against three other Italian films: BEAUTIFUL THINGS by Giorgio Ferrero (Italy), which was presented at Biennale di Venezia in 2017 and has been widely awarded internationally, AS TIME GOES BY by Simone Aleandri, and SAND UNDER THE SNOW by Emilio Romeo, also two extraordinary Italian documentary films.
BEAUTIFUL THINGS, by acclaimed Italian director Giorgio Ferrero, was presented by the Biennale di Venezia, winning the ARCA Award Best Italian Film, and it went on to win the CPH:DOX Next Award in Copenhagen, and was finalist at Taipei 20th international Film Festival and Edinburg International Film Festival, among others.
Canadian screenwriter, film producer, and director of film and television Paul Haggis presides over the Fabrique Du Cinéma Awards 2018 (official website announcement). In 2017 it was actor and producer Willem Dafoe who had been appointed President of the Jury, and Fabrique Awards had more than films 1300 participants.
Below is the entire lists of finalists in all categories:
Documentary films section
BEAUTIFUL THINGS by Giorgio Ferrero (Italy)
AMERICAN MIRROR by Arthur Balder (USA)
AS TIME GOES BY by Simone Aleandri (Italy)
SAND UNDER THE SNOW by Emilio Romeo (Italy)
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“American Mirror – Intimations of Immortality’, directed by Arthur Balder and produced by David Shara, won Best Cinematography and Best Innovative Film accolades during the award ceremony and closing night of the 13th Pomegranate Film Festival of Toronto.
Honey Shara (Optimum Diamonds) and Tigran Tsitoghdzyan attend 13th Pomegranate Film Festival’s red carpet and gala screening.
Optimum Diamonds’ Honey Shara, who attended in representation of producer David Shara, praised the qualities of the artist portrayed in the film, Armenian-born and NYC-based Tigran Tsitoghdzyan, and expressed thankfulness for the great work during the last three years accomplished in coordination with Da Vinci Films. ‘American Mirror’ garnered Best Cinematography, Best Composer, Best Innovative Film and Parajanov-Vartanov Award at DOC LA Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival past October 21 after a star-studded world premiere attended, among others, by Hollywood star Emilio Rivera.
“American Mirror – Intimations of Immortality”, directed, written and edited by Arthur Balder, and produced by David Shara, lands top prize Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award.
The institute, championing the legacy of the brothers-in-arts Sergei Parajanov (1924-1990) & Mikhail Vartanov (1937-2009) who overcame persecution and won the admiration of cinema’s greatest artists,
has awarded this year Susan Sarandon for ‘American Mirror – Intimations of Immortality’, directed by Arthur Balder.
Francis Ford Coppola congratulated the 2015 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award recipients, the Grammy-winning rock band System Of A Down for their historic justice world tour Wake Up the Souls. The event at Chateau Marmont Hollywood on 21 October 2015 benefited the restoration of Parajanov: The Last Spring film trilogy at UCLA. Agnieszka Holland has also released a statement for the occasion.
One of cinema’s greatest masters, Martin Scorsese, accepted the 2014 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award on behalf of his World Cinema Project and The Film Foundation for the restoration of The Color of Pomegranates and introduced the masterpiece at the 52nd New York Film Festival. NYFF first screened the film in 1980, and hosted Sergei Paradjanov in 1988.
The Documentary Film Festival of Los Angeles (DOC LA), presented by the prestigious Parajanov-Vartanov Film Institute, will host next Sunday October 21, at 7:15 PM, the world premiere of ‘American Mirror – Intimations of Immortality’, directed by Arthur Balder, starring Susan Sarandon, Florence Faivre, Tigran Tsitoghdzyan, Ashley Hinshaw and Hillary Rhoda. The event will take place at the Chaplin Theater, Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038. Tickets for sale online: https://www.docla.org/2018americanmirror
Watch the NEW trailer for #AmericanMirror.
Oscar-winning screen icon Susan Sarandon and Armenian painter Tigran Tsitoghzhyan discuss time and identity, and how the apparently in conflict values of beauty and aging are perceived in our modern society dominated by social media, as he limns her portrait during a timeless sitting session.
The film reveals how Tigran, a highly dedicated and painstakingly trained craftsman, brings the ancient spirit of the old masters into a unique post-modern hyperrealism deeply interwoven with NYC’s culture and social landscape. Shot over the period of three years, the film takes us on a rare, thought-provoking, timeless reality-and-fiction setting to reveal how one of the most striking artists in recent art history climbs up the art-world ranks on the winding journey to success and recognition.
From producer David Shara and writer-director Arthur Balder, with an original soundtrack by composer Mark Petrie, #AmericanMirror stars Susan Sarandon, Tigran Tsitoghdzyan, Donald Kuspit and Florence Faivre. With the participation of Ashley Hinshaw Grace, Jules Wainstein, Hilary Rhoda, Morgan Shara, Ryan Ross, Sirey Moran.
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