Efebo D’oro 2016. Two big artists awarded
It is to Agnès Varda, true icon of world cinema, French directors, screenwriter and photographer that goes this year the Efebo d’Oro Lifetime achievement – Banca Popolare Sant’Angelo, a bank constantly devoted to culture and supporter of the prize since its first editions. A great career began in 1955 with La Pointe Courte, a film that has marked the debut on big screen of the actor Philippe Noiret. Far from pre-established codes and formalized genres, Varda is the brilliant and original author of films, documentaries and installations, who has developed over the years a rule- breaking cinema, full of historical memories and references to society. A cinema that, despite its absolute centrality in the history of European cinema, has perhaps received less critical attention than it deserves. Currently shooting her new film, she has realized around fifty productions, pioneering transgressing the borders between fiction and documentary.
Douglas Gordon, one of the most innovative and brilliant “visual artist” of his generation will be awarded with the Efebo d’Oro for Video – Award city of Palermo, which from this edition is partner of the initiative.
At the age of thirty, he received the prestigious Turner Prize and then many other recognitions from Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Museum New York, the Zurich Kunsthaus. Gordon has had major numerous solo exhibitions in the main international museums. Together with the pianist Hélène Grimaud have joined forces to explore the beauty of water in an extraordinary performance at Armory on Park, New York, and he then directed the theatre performance Neck of the Woods starring Charlotte Rampling and Hélène Grimuaud at the 2015 MIF – Manchester International Festival. His film have been screened to the Festival de Cannes, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Venice Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Festival del Film Locarno, New York Film Festival among many others. In his extraordinary career, was part of the jury of the 65° Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Venezia and President of the Jury at the seventh edition of the Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma.
In line with the tradition of the Centro di ricerca per la narrativa e il cinema, we keep on looking at the great history of cinema and at the new forms of audiovisual language. We could not choose artists more representative than these two.