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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