The winners of the Efebo d’Oro 2020
The jury chaired by Egle Palazzolo (president of the Research Center for Fiction and Cinema) and composed of Nicola Bellucci (director), Massimo Bonura (film scholar and essayist), Rosalba Colla (director of Animaphix – International Animated Film Festival) and Simona Malato (actress) awards the Efebo d’Oro for Best Film based on a literary work to Christiaan Olwagen’s Poppie Nongena (South Africa, 2020), a true story of injustices linked to the ferocious racism suffered by black people in South Africa in the 70s of the last century, with the following motivation: “Starting from a novel by the writer Elsa Joubert which, on its release in 1980, was immediately a best seller, Poppie Nongena is a hymn to freedom of thought, to centrality the role of women and the concreteness of ideas. The film manages to communicate, in a poetic way, the strength of a woman capable of great love and respect for herself and for others ».
The same jury awards with the special Ephebe First and second opera Lola by Laurent Micheli (Belgium-France, 2019), a road movie starring a transsexual girl, who rises from her own ashes facing family and change because “she managed to be a touching and sincere film through a troubled parent-filial relationship: it leads each of us to fight gender prejudices and to be able to look at those who are considered different with eyes full of humanity and love ».
Special Prize to Soledad by Agustina Macri (Italy, 2018), directorial debut for the Argentine director who brings to the screen the tormented love story between Soledad Rosas and Edoardo Massari, symbol of Italian anarchy against the TAV “Impetuous since beginning, Soledad is an atypical film with a very fluid direction. Inspired by a true story, it enters the viewer’s imagination with vigor. It is not simply a political story, but rather a narration of one’s inner experiences and one’s frailties ”.
The Award of the Research Center for Narrative and Cinema goes to A Black Jesus by Luca Lucchesi (Germany, 2019), a very current documentary on the Siculiana community of Agrigento in which devotion to the black Christ becomes the knot of conjunction between the locals and immigrants who are guests of a nearby reception center. “There is a black Christ for Edward, a young refugee from Ghana who lives in a small town on the southern borders of Europe. He fights to be him in procession with the people of the village, where there is no lack of either understanding or acceptance. Shot between Siculiana, in the province of Agrigento – where the tradition of the black Christ and his miracles was born and lives – and Berlin, a city that Luca Lucchesi knows well not only for his work, A Black Jesus is a film which the Centro di Research for Fiction and Cinema has the desire to offer special recognition. There is actuality, humanity and passion in a recognizable context where, in front of us, a Christ who has a color that is valid for everyone stands for a common procession.
While the ANDE Prize (National Association of Electrice Women) brings him home Nora Stassi, interpreter of the film L’Agnello by Mario Piredda (Italy-France, 2019), a feature film set in Sardinia, which reveals a polluted and patriarchal land, with its ancestral rules and customs, still so tiring to pursue “for giving depth to his character by fully transmitting his determination, the melancholy sweetness, the enthusiasm of youth, a profound look at the environment, the politics of the territory and the desperate fragility of relationships affective. May the Award be for her, a splendid newcomer, a decisive path towards new successes ».