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Mario Piredda's film triumphs in Annecy

The awards attributed to "L'agnello"
una scena del film (foto ufficio stampa)
Una scena del film (foto ufficio stampa)

Absolute triumph for "L'agnello" by Mario Piredda at the Annecy Italian Film Festival with awards as best film, audience award and young jury award.

The director from Sassari was one of the protagonists of the international event dedicated to film production which took place both in the cinemas of the capital of Haute-Savoie and online throughout France and Switzerland.

The program, explains Bruno Culeddu, "has been divided into 7 Sections. The films that will arrive in French cinemas in the next few months have been included in the 'First' section; among these are Gianfranco Rosi's 'Notturno', Checco's 'Tolo Tolo' Zalone, 'Hammamet' by Gianni Amelio and 'Spaccapietre' by the De Serio brothers ".

While in the "Cconcorso" section, which saw "L'agnello" prevail, there were eight titles. Two just awarded at the last Venice Film Festival, 'Padrenostro' by Claudio Noce and 'I predatori' by Pietro Castellitto, and works that are often much applauded in festivals around the world but less known to the Italian public such as 'Faith' by Valentina Pedicini , 'Palace of Justice' by Chiara Bellosi, 'Rosa Pietra Stella' by Marcello Sannino, 'Simple Women' by Chiara Malta and 'Punta Sacra' by Francesca Mazzoleni. The latter work was awarded the CICAE Best Direction and Art Cinema award (Confédération internationale des cinémas d'art et d'essai).

"The motivation that accompanied the award that the Official Jury, composed of the journalist Yael Hirsch and the directors Beniamino Barrese and Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio, gave to Piredda's first work is significant: ' offers a journey into the heart of Sardinia as fiery and wild as the red hair of the brilliant actress, the radiant Nora Stassi. For us it is also the film of this 2020 competition that has managed to combine all the elements that transport us to the other side in the best possible way of the screen: strong and well-embodied characters, a compelling plot that unfolds effectively, a photograph that serves the purpose of creating a unique emotion, leading the viewer to follow Anita's struggle step by step ".

The Youth Jury, made up of five high school students, accompanied their award with these words: "This independent film shows an incredible actor's performance and magnificent images of Sardinia, where the film was shot. We loved the beautiful friendship between Anita and her father and the strength of the two characters. It is a very fun film to watch, with the central figure of the lamb that undoubtedly leaves something for the viewer to interpret. We personally think that the lamb represents hope, a characteristic that Anita has from start to finish ".

"L'agnello" is played by Nora Stassi with Luciano Curreli, Piero Marcialis and Michele "drer" Atzori. It is an Articolture, Mat Productions and Rai Cinema production, with the contribution of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia and the support of the Sardegna Film Commission Foundation (Hospitality Fund and Filming Fund Cagliari), Municipality of Cagliari, Humanitarian Society - Sardinian Film Archive. Distribution is handled by Articolture in collaboration with Modis - Moderno Distribuzione.

(Unioneonline / ss)

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