Puntasacra by Francesca Mazzoleni wins the Art Cinema Award at Annecy Cinéma Italien 2020
The film Puntasacra by Francesca Mazzoleni, received the Art Cinema Award at the Annecy Cinéma Italien 2020 (online), which this year took place partly online and partly on-site.
Italy, 2020, 96 minutes
Written and directed by: Francesca Mazzoleni
Cinematographer: Emanuele Pasquet
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At the edge of Rome, at the mouth of the Tiber, the small district of Idroscalo di Ostia juts right out over the sea. The women who live there, such as Franca and her daughters, bear its stories, with the natural force of the site, between wild realism and popular imagination. This sacred point becomes a theatre for the resistance of a community that expresses its right to live there.
The film focuses its gaze on a forgotten society, (almost all female) who fight a sacred battle for their land giving the story a face to a suffering that is universally understood; the right to fight and to preserve ones home and culture.
The director’s ability to show this community at its rawest form is a talent that needs to be highlighted. Mazzoleni lets the protagonists speak about their attachment to the land and follows the women, young and old, as they organize events to raise awareness about their community.
The film is shot beautifully and the photography is mesmerising in a natural way, all the time leaving the protagonists of the film express themselves freely.
The jury was composed of:
Bérangère SECO-CORDERO, Cinétoiles (Cluses, France)
Federico BABINI, Spazio Alfieri (Firenze, Italy)
Cathleen TANTI, Spazju Kreattiv (Valletta, Malta)